Achilles tendonitis/pain back of ankle or heel refers to inflammation of the Achilles tendon and is an overuse injury caused by repetitive jumping or running. The Achilles is a band of tissue connecting the two calf muscles (gastrocnemius and soleus) at the back of the lower leg to the heel bone.
Symptoms may include:
- Pain where the tendon connects to your heel
- Difficulty maintaining a normal walk
- Inability to jump or run
- Inflammation and stiffness over the Achilles/back of heel.
It is an extremely difficult injury to treat if completely ruptured, so treatment as soon as possible will prevent further damage/tearing.
Modifying various activities such as heel lifts and functional orthotics may be necessary in the management of Achilles tendonitis; however alternating your training program so you aren’t repetitively jumping or running and gradually modifying your schedule until maximal performance is returned, is the best from of management.
The Cold Laser Therapy or low-level Laser Therapy
is a new form of alternative medicine used in many medical institutions in the treatment and maintenance of many musculoskeletal conditions especially those involved with joints. Cold laser therapy is non-invasive, meaning it doesn’t require any surgical incisions into the skin and its beam that’s projected places the patient at no risk to ionizing radiation as the laser doesn’t let off heat waves. Its technology enables the cold laser to penetrate deep into the underlying tissues of the skin and increase the circulation of blood and oxygen to the affected areas.
Cold Laser Therapy (low-level laser therapy
) follows two protocols in the treatment of Achilles Tendonitis. The protocols involve placing two emitters on either side of the Achilles tendon and moving up and down to improve the circulation and repair of the damaged tissue. The first protocol also known as the inhibitory protocol, is used to inhibit pain around the area and includes 2-3 sessions a week of 4 minutes duration on each segment of the tendon. The secondary phase induces a tissue repair response by improving the circulation to the tendon and involves 1-2 sessions per week up to 10 sessions of 2 minutes on each affected segment.
So if you’re showing any of these signs and symptoms as mentioned above or your doctor/GP has diagnosed you with Achilles Tendonitis Cold Laser Therapy may speed of healing of tendon.
Lakeside Laser we offer Cold Laser Therapy in the maintenance and treatment of many conditions involving the musculoskeletal system. Lakeside Laser have trained professionals that can assist you in relieving that pain that has been bothering you for a substantial period of time. Were located on the Central Walk in Joondalup unit 3/45 and have many visitors from around Perth including Woodvale, Kingsley, Edgewater, Padbury, Alkimos, Yokine, Ellenbrook and Hillary’s. For further information or to book an appointment feel free to contact one of our laser technicians on 08 9300 0095 to head to our website www.lakesidelaser.com.au
. Our staff look forward to hearing from you shortly and help you overcome your condition.