Achilles Tendinopathy

Experiencing Achillies Tendon Pain? Sole Podiatry can help!

Achilles Tendinopathy is an injury or inflammation of your Achilles tendon, which sits at the back of the heel and attaches into the calf muscle. The Achilles tendon is vital in activities like walking, running and jumping. If this tendon is put under increased stress or is overused, this can lead to an injury. This is a very common injury in sports such as football, basketball and running.

It usually presents as pain, tightness or swelling in the back of the heel when weightbearing. This may occur when getting up after long periods of sitting, when getting up in the morning, after long periods of weightbearing or for some people, pain may occur at all times.

Common Causes for Achilles Tendinopathy

There are several causes for Achilles Tendinopathy. Including hard physical training being one of the most common forms of Achilles Tendinopathy. Others include;

Increasing your activity or training level too quickly

Walking or running up hills or increased incline on the treadmill

Training on hard surfaces

Tight calf muscles

Poor footwear

Preventing & Treating Achilles Injuries:

Wear supportive footwear
Warming up & down for sport
Gradually increasing intensity of your activity
Stretching daily

How we can help:

  • Assess the severity of the injury. This may involve assessments performed within the clinic and may even send you off to have diagnostic scans done if required
  • Assess current footwear and give recommendations on any changes which may need to be put in place
  • Prescribe a safe stretching and strengthening regime in the post-acute phase to help regain range of motion and strength in the tendon to assist you in your rehabilitation
  • Discuss an appropriate management plan to ease you safely back into activity

To make an appointment online click a Book Online Now button or alternatively, to speak with one of our staff please call (03) 9939 1012

What To Expect In Your Consult:

At Sole Podiatry you initial consultation will go for 40 minutes. This time allows your Podiatrist to thoroughly examine and understand your needs as well as providing the necessary time to assess your condition properly.

We will also develop a comprehensive treatment plan that will enable you to achieve your goal as soon as possible during this consultation. This plan will clarify whether any future consults will be required and what frequency.

FAQ’s

What can I expect at an appointment?
Do I need a referral?
Do you bulk bill?
How often do I need to visit a Podiatrist?
What is your cancellation policy?
What can I expect at an appointment?

Your consultation will go for 40 minutes. This time allows your Podiatrist to thoroughly examine and understand your needs as well as providing the necessary time to assess your condition properly. We will also develop a comprehensive treatment plan that will enable you to achieve your goal as soon as possible during this consultation.

Do I need a referral?

There is no requirement to supply a referral from your doctor to see a Podiatrist.

With that said, if you have been referred, please bring a copy of the referral letter.

Do you bulk bill?

We bulk bill pension card holders with a valid EPC referral (Chronic disease management plan) from their GP. For non-pension card holder with this type of referral, our consult fees apply, and you can claim a rebate from Medicare (there is a small gap fee)

How often do I need to visit a Podiatrist?

The frequency and number of visitations will depend on the nature of the condition you are being treated for. The treatment and rehabilitation of conditions will vary widely however after an initial consultation your podiatrist will be able to provide a recovery framework for you.

What is your cancellation policy?

We appreciate 24 hours notice for cancellations when possible. However we know the unexpected can often happen, so a courtesy phone call if you are going to miss an appointment is always appreciated.

An appointment which is cancelled or rescheduled with less than 24 hours notice, may incur a fee of 50% of the consult rate.

If you miss an appointment, without giving notice, then the full rate of the appointment may be charged.

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