Achilles tendonitis is noted by pain at the back of the heel. The Achilles is the largest tendon in the human body. This large fibrous band, which connects the calf muscle to the heel, absorbs an enormous amount of stress as you walk and run.
Achilles tendonitis can cause debilitating ankle and foot pain. In fact this condition prevents many athletes from participating in their sporting activities. Mechanical changes to the foot’s structure can have a negative impact on the function of the Achilles tendon. There are 26 bones in each foot. The calcaneus (heel bone) is one of the most commonly misaligned bones in the foot. This often occurs as a result of repetitive stress, prior injury or poor footwear choices.
The regular wearing of high heel shoes may cause chronic shortening of the Achilles tendon. After which time, walking around barefoot or in flats, the shortened Achilles will become overstressed and torn. This can lead to pain at the back of the heel and Achilles tendonitis. When this condition becomes chronic, some patients may even develop a bump at the back of their heel, which is due to a bony enlargement of the calcaneus. A loss of the healthy foot alignment can cause abnormal tension and stress to the connecting tissues, such as the Achilles tendon.
Over time the Achilles will begin to show signs of microtearing and degeneration. This leads to pain and dysfunction, and possibly a heel spur. There are various types of stretches and exercises that can be used in attempt to relax the Achilles, however this normally only offers temporary relief if any. Applying cold packs over the irritated Achilles tendon can reduce swelling and help alleviate mild symptoms, but again this may not deliver long-term results.
One of the best methods to address even the most chronic case of Achilles tendonitis is to make structural improvements in the alignment of the calcaneus and other foot bones. This will restore foot health and correct the underlying cause of the problem. Targeted chiropractic foot and ankle adjustments are safe, gentle and highly effective for Achilles tendonitis. Getting your feet adjusted will ease the tension and stress from the irritated tendon. Most patients will experience improvements after only a few adjustments to the foot and ankle. Although the Achilles tendon possesses extraordinary strength, its health depends on a properly aligned and functioning foot and ankle.