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What Is the Achilles Tendon?
The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can create immense difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.
What Are the symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?
There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common injuries are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.
Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms
Dull to severe pain
Increased blood flow to the tendon
Thickening of the tendon
Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
An Achilles Tendon Rupture is more common than you think, often observed in people between 24-45 years of age. In most cases, the rupture occurs between 3-6 cm above where the tendon meets the heel bone. Ruptures in the Achilles Tendon usually happen when there is a forceful movement of the foot against resistance. An example of this happening would be someone pushing their feet with great force to jump, or from using gym equipment improperly.
When the Achilles Tendon is injured, it is typically accompanied by severe and intense pain. This particular tendon is located in the back of the heel and runs along the back of the calf. An Achilles injury may occur in athletes who experience a forceful and sudden movement against the ankle, such as jumping while engaged in football, basketball or similar sports, even hiking especially mountain climbing can cause injury to the Achilles tendon.
Typical symptoms may include difficulty or the inability to flex the foot in addition to extreme pain and discomfort.
Bursitis may be another cause for the Achilles tendon to cause pain. This may be due to the fact that inflammation may develop in the portion of the foot that protects the tendon.
Age may be a factor with incurring this type of injury.
For any active stress on the Achilles tendon can be effected, to not stretch properly prior to exercising or any type activity whether it be climbing a ladder or playing in a completive sport.
We Know That You Have Been Told That Surgery Is Your ONLY Option For Your Achilles Tendon Injury and You Know Better.
High-Energy Extracorporeal ShockWave (ESWT) is an Extraordinary Alternative to Invasive Surgery that I have been getting people Back In Their Game with for 15 years now, returning Pro Athletes as well as many Patients back to Near Perfect Form, giving them back Careers and their Quality of Life. I have a HUGE Success Rate with Achilles Injuries, even if surgery was done and there where complications.
High-Energy ShockWave ESWT is An Extremely Effective Modality in Orthopedics and Is Actually More Effective Than Surgery for most Tendon, Musculoskeletal or Soft Tissue Injuries, even Non-Union Fractures Can Be Healed with this Technology.
What Happens to Calcium Deposit?
We are asked all of the time, what happens to the calcium deposit or spurs that are blasted with the High-Energy ShockWaves. While calcium build-up is most often a result of micro-tears or other trauma to a tendon, the same way that they came out when the injury occurred, they will Resorb back into your body's system. Acoustic waves break up the existing calcifications with micro blasts. High-Energy Shockwave Therapy starts the biochemical decalcification of the calcific build-up while it treats the tendon ie, injury. The granular particles of calcium are then removed by the lymphatic system. We have seen it on follow up imaging, where the deposits are gone once the injury has been properly healed.