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Achilles pain/tendonitis (Heel Pain)

The Achilles tendonitis can be a very painful condition resulting in heel pain and in severe cases can affect function. Chronic pain can be very disabling and can affect mood and overall well-being including quality of life.

There are a wide range of treatments for this particular condition. Initially physiotherapy is advised with calf stretches and eventually strengthening. Other medical treatments include injections and shockwave therapy. However injections must be very carefully and judiciously considered as there is an incidence of tendon rupture. Some types of Achilles tendon pain are more amenable to shockwave, and others are simply too painful to tolerate. There are many types of surgery, each with their own merits and disadvantages and this is largely dependent upon the type of disease and severity and cause. Often X-rays and MRI scans can help with the identification of disease pattern and can guide treatment. Achilles tendon heel pain can be treated successfully provided the right approach and treatment is considered.

If you suffer from Achilles tendon / heel pain which is affecting you significantly then it is worth seeing a specialist for a full clinical assessment.

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