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Find Relief From Achilles Tendinitis Pain

Achilles tendinitis is an overuse injury of the Achilles tendon, which can result in a mild ache or episodes of more-severe pain. At Anti-Aging Medical & Laser Clinic, we specialize in providing innovative pain management solutions to enhance your quality of life.

Achilles Tendinitis

Overview

Achilles tendinitis is a condition caused by overuse of the Achilles tendon, the band of tissue linking the calf muscles to the heel bone in the lower leg.

This type of injury frequently affects runners who suddenly increase the intensity or duration of their runs. It’s also common among middle-aged individuals who engage in sports like tennis or basketball which involves jumping on the toes.

In most cases, Achilles tendinitis can be effectively managed with simple self-care techniques supervised by a healthcare professional. Consistent self-care measures are typically essential to prevent recurrent episodes. However, severe cases of Achilles tendinitis may result in tendon tears (ruptures) that may require surgery.

What causes Achilles Tendinitis?

Achilles tendinitis can occur from repetitive stress to the tendon that connects the calf muscle at the back of the lower leg to your heel bone. This can happen when we push our bodies to do too much, too quickly. This condition can occur in walkers, runners, or other athletes.

Achilles tendinitis is more likely to develop under the following circumstances:

  • If there is a sudden increase in the intensity of an activity.
  • Tightness in the calf muscles due to inadequate stretching.
  • If you run too often.
  • Regular running on unforgiving surfaces like concrete.
  • Frequent jumping, as seen in sports like basketball.
  • Insufficient support from footwear.
  • Sudden inward or outward twisting of the foot.

Overuse of certain activities, such as walking, basketball, and running, also can lead to injury and make the problem worse. 

How can I prevent the onset Achilles Tendinitis?

While Achilles tendinitis can pose a risk, implementing these strategies daily can help prevent this type of injury. These include:

Moderate Intensity:
Avoid activities that overly strain your tendons, such as hill running. Before engaging in vigorous exercise, warm up gradually by starting with a slower pace. If you experience discomfort during exercise, pause and allow time for rest.

Gradual Activity Increase:
Begin any exercise regimen slowly and progressively increase both duration and intensity over time.

Wear Appropriate Footwear:
Opt for exercise shoes with ample heel cushioning and solid arch support to alleviate strain on the Achilles tendon. Regularly replace worn-out footwear. 

Daily Stretching:
Allocate time each day to stretch your calf muscles and Achilles tendon, particularly before and after exercise, to maintain flexibility. This practice is crucial for preventing the recurrence of Achilles tendon issues.

Cross-Training:
You may choose to alternate between high-impact exercises such as running and jumping, and low-impact activities like cycling or swimming to reduce strain on the Achilles tendon.

Calf Muscle Strengthening:
Strengthening your calf muscles can enhance their ability to withstand the stress of physical activity and exercise.

How to treat Achilles tendinitis?

Most Achilles tendon injuries can be managed at home following the RICE guidelines:

Rest: Consider refraining from exercise for several days or switch to low-impact activities like swimming to alleviate strain on the Achilles tendon. In severe cases, utilizing a walking boot and crutches may be necessary.

Ice: Apply an ice pack to the affected tendon for approximately 15 minutes following exercise or when experiencing pain to reduce discomfort and swelling.

Compression: Wraps or elastic bandages can be utilized to minimize swelling and restrict movement of the tendon.

Elevation: Elevate the affected foot above heart level to diminish swelling. It’s advisable to maintain this elevation, even during sleep.

Over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen or naproxen can be effective in reducing inflammation and pain.

If the pain persists or worsens, consulting with your family doctor or a specialist in foot and ankle issues, is recommended.

How is Achilles tendinitis diagnosed?

Most cases of Achilles tendinitis can be treated with relatively simple, at-home care using the RICE guidelines. However, if the pain continues, you may need to schedule an appointment with your family doctor or a health care provider. They will perform a physical exam to look for tenderness along the tendon and pain in the area of the tendon when you stand on your toes.

Imaging tests, including X-ray, ultrasound or MRI may be required if there is a chance that you have a tear in the Achilles tendon.

How long should I rest if I have Achilles tendinitis?

Typically, the pain and discomfort linked to Achilles tendinitis will resolve within 8 weeks. During this time, it’s advised to include more rest in your schedule while also maintaining an active lifestyle. Finding a balance between rest and activity is essential to prevent stiffness and muscle weakness, and the risk of developing chronic problems. Striving for this balance can help alleviate the pain associated with Achilles tendinitis.

I have chronic Achilles tendinitis pain, what treatments does Anti-Aging offer?

At Anti-Aging Medical & Laser Clinic we offer cutting-edge injection treatments tailored to sports medicine and rehabilitation, including Prolotherapy, Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP), SportVis (Hyaluronic Acid (HA)) injections. However, before proceeding with these treatments, it’s crucial to undergo X-rays and potentially further imaging tests to accurately assess your condition and tailor a suitable treatment plan for this condition.

Treatment Overview

Treatment Overview



Advancing Wellness with Targeted Joint Pain Injections

At Anti-Aging Medical and Laser Clinic, we specialize in providing tailored solutions for managing joint pain and sports related injuries. For patients seeking diagnosis and treatment for Achilles pain, it’s essential to start with a comprehensive evaluation. If you haven’t received a diagnosis or undergone imaging tests, we recommend consulting your family doctor or scheduling an appointment at Old Orchard Medical Clinic for a thorough physical examination.


Once you’ve had your examination, the next step is to arrange for x-rays and any additional imaging required. These can be done conveniently at a local hospital or at West Coast Medical Imaging’s Arbutus clinic located at:

2184 West Broadway, Unit #390,
Vancouver, BC V6K 2E1
Phone: 604-731-2200

 

Completing these steps ensures that your imaging reports are readily accessible when you visit Anti-Aging Medical & Laser Clinic.

For patients with a confirmed diagnosis and existing x-rays, you can start your journey towards pain management by filling out our online questionnaire to book your initial consultation with Dr. Teri Fisher. Once submitted, our team will promptly reach out to schedule your appointment. Remember to bring along any previous imaging reports, including X-rays, ultrasounds, MRI, MRA, or CT scans, to your consultation.

 

What to expect

What to expect


If you’ve gathered your examination reports, take the first step by filling out our online Musculoskeletal (MSK) Questionnaire. Following completion, Dr. Teri Fisher personally reviews all submissions to ensure comprehensive screening.

CLICK HERE TO BEGIN QUESTIONNAIRE

 

Once you have completed the online MSK questionnaire, you will be scheduled for a private consultation. At Anti-Aging, we place the highest importance on maintaining complete confidentiality during all consultations and treatments. 

 

The Consultation

Prior to commencing any treatment, Dr. Fisher will review your file to ensure a thorough assessment is complete upon arrival. During your consultation, If Dr. Fisher determines that a treatment is suitable and will help improve your condition, it will be administered during the office visit under ultrasound guidance, utilizing the latest ultrasound-guided technology.

 

 

Why Choose Us

Why Choose Us

 

Why Choose Anti-Aging for MSK Ultrasound-Guided Injections?

Dr. Fisher’s expertise extends beyond aesthetic rejuvenation, encompassing a wealth of experience in Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions. His deep knowledge in this specialized field guarantees precise and effective treatment for a wide range of joint related conditions. We prioritize:

Confidentiality: We prioritize your privacy above all else, ensuring complete confidentiality throughout all consultations and procedures, creating a secure and discreet environment.

Personalized Consultations: Upon completing the online MSK questionnaire, you will have a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Fisher. This personalized approach ensures a comprehensive evaluation of your MSK needs, enabling the creation of a customized treatment plan.

Improved Safety: With ultrasound guidance, injections are safer as Dr. Fisher can visualize the needle insertion and ensure it is accurately placed. This reduces the risk of complications and enhances overall safety and effectiveness of the treatment.

Reduced Pain: Ultrasound-guided injections minimize the risk of hitting nerves or other sensitive structures, thus reducing pain. Dr. Fisher’s precise technique helps avoid these sensitive areas, promoting a more comfortable experience for patients.

Increased Patient Satisfaction: Patients receiving ultrasound-guided injections often report higher satisfaction levels due to the procedure’s reduced pain and increased effectiveness.

 

Pricing

Pricing


The consultation fee is $550. Our treatments are not covered by the Medical Services Plan (MSP). We recommend that you consult with your Private Insurer to explore coverage options for this treatment.

It’s important to note that before any treatment is given, Dr. Fisher conducts a thorough assessment of the patient’s condition to determine the most appropriate treatment plan. 

To explore treatment options with Dr. Fisher, please have your condition assessed by your family doctor and arrange imaging scans before scheduling a consultation. Following this, you can begin by filling out our online Musculoskeletal (MSK) Questionnaire. Once submitted, our team will reach out to schedule your in-office consultation with Dr. Fisher.

SportVis (Hyaluronic Acid):  $1800 for 2 treatments

PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma):  $1000 per treatment

Prolotherapy (Dextrose): $500 per treatment; $1900 for 4 treatments; $2700 for 6 treatments

 

Popular Treatments for Achilles Tendinitis

Platelet Rich Plasma

Platelet Rich Plasma


PRP injections present a promising solution for chronic Achilles pain. By harnessing the body’s natural healing factors in platelet-rich plasma, these injections can effectively decrease inflammation and stimulate tissue regeneration in the affected tendons, promoting healing and reducing pain and stiffness.

Prolotherapy

Prolotherapy


We offer prolotherapy as a proactive method to alleviate discomfort from Achilles tendinitis. By injecting a natural solution into the affected tendons, prolotherapy triggers the body’s healing response, fostering the growth of new tissue and reinforcing the tendons.

SportVis™

SportVis™


SportVis™ stands as the only hyaluronic acid injection treatment approved by Health Canada for pain relief and restoration in damaged tendons and ligaments. This treatment aims to enhance the body’s natural production of hyaluronic acid, specifically targeting injuries like achilles tendinitis.