Achilles tendon injuries can be debilitating, affecting individuals of all ages and activity levels.

Whether you're an athlete or someone leading a sedentary lifestyle, understanding the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for Achilles tendon injuries is crucial.

In Saskatoon, there are skilled professionals, including chiropractors and physiotherapists at E3 Chiropractic + Wellness, who specialize in addressing these injuries.

The Achilles tendon, located at the back of the ankle, is the largest and strongest tendon in the body

It connects the calf muscles to the heel bone, enabling movements such as walking, running, and jumping.

However, repetitive stress or sudden trauma can lead to Achilles tendon injuries, including Achilles tendonopathy and Achilles tendon ruptures.

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Common Injuries

Achilles Tendinopathy

This is a condition where the Achilles tendon becomes inflamed. It often occurs due to repetitive activities, inadequate warm-up or cool-down routines, improper footwear, or sudden increases in physical activity. Symptoms include pain and stiffness in the heel and calf.

If this tendon injury is not treated properly, it can become a degenerative condition. Degeneration of the tendon occurs when the Achilles tendon becomes damaged and weakened over time. Symptoms include pain and swelling in the Achilles area, particularly after exercise. This will increase your risk of an Achilles tendon rupture. 

Achilles Tendon Rupture

This severe injury occurs when the Achilles tendon completely tears or ruptures. A rupture usually occurs from sudden forceful movements, such as an abrupt change in direction or a forceful jump. Symptoms include sudden and intense pain in the heel, difficulty walking, and swelling.

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Saskatoon chiropractors and physiotherapists play a vital role in diagnosing, treating, and rehabilitating Achilles tendon injuries. These professionals have in-depth knowledge of the musculoskeletal system and possess various techniques to effectively address such injuries.

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractors, like those at E3 Chiropractic + Wellness, use a holistic approach to healing. They focus on restoring proper joint motion and function to the body, helping to alleviate pain and promote healing. Chiropractic adjustments, soft tissue therapies, instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization, and rehabilitative exercises are commonly used to treat Achilles tendon injuries. Chiropractors can significantly reduce recovery time and prevent future injuries by addressing underlying biomechanical imbalances and promoting optimal healing conditions.

Physiotherapy Care

Physiotherapists, also available at E3 Chiropractic + Wellness, specialize in rehabilitating and restoring movement. They employ various therapeutic techniques to promote healing, including stretching exercises, manual therapy, dry needling, and customized rehabilitation programs. By tailoring treatment plans to the individual's specific needs, physiotherapists aim to reduce pain, restore strength and flexibility, and improve overall functionality.

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