Soft tissue therapy for Achilles Tendinitis

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  • Anonymous Achilles Tendinitis

    • Age 35-54
    • Female
    • 166 lbs
    • 5' 9"
    • Gulf Breeze, FL
    24
    Apr2016
    • Injury Status Cured
    • Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • Repeat injury? No
    • Runner Yes
    • If Runner? change in mileage or terrain No

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Supportive Shoes, Soft tissue therapy
      Not Improved
      NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Ice, Rest

    After years of chronic / recurrent heel cord tendinitis, gave up minimalistic shoes for regular trail runners and rolling soleus muscle. That combination gave very quick relief. Have been pain free for several years


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  • 10
    Feb2016
    • Injury Status Cured
    • Runner Yes

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Ice, Rest, Supportive Shoes, Stretching, Soft tissue therapy

    I struggled through my first half marathon last year because of severe pain in my achillies tendon (self diagnosed). Here's what helped me recover after the race:

    • Iced it twice a day for about 20-30 minutes each
    • Got brand new shoes (turns out my 2 year old shoes were crap and offering 0 support)
    • Stretched it out twice a day
    • Took 2 motrin pills twice a day
    • Didn't run for about a week
    • My mom (physical therapist) also performed what's called "ASTYM" treatments to help break up the scar tissue around the tendon

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  • 10
    Feb2016
    • Injury Status Recovering
    • Runner Yes

    Treatment Ratings

      Almost Cured
      Soft tissue therapy
      Not Improved
      Ice, Rest, Eccentric Protocol, Stretching

    You may want to look into ASTYM, if you haven't already. I'm in my late 30s, and I've had chronic achilles tendon issues since college. When I had a particularly bad flare-up a few years ago, I found ASTYM treatment to be very helpful. I had tried all of the usual treatments -- rest, ice, stretching, eccentric heel drops, ultrasound, etc. -- but nothing really seemed to help. The ASTYM treatment didn't completely cure me (I still have the occasional flare-up), but it at least got me to the point where I could run again.

    If you're not familiar with ASTYM, it's a type of physical therapy treatment where the therapist uses various implements to scrape your muscles and tendons to break up the scar tissue. The treatments are mildly painful, but not unbearable. You can check out www.astym.com for more information.


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  • 10
    Feb2016
    • Injury Status Recovering
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • Runner Yes

    Treatment Ratings

      Almost Cured
      Massage, Dry Needling, Rest, Soft tissue therapy

    I've been battling chronic achilles tendinosis for about a year and a half, I shut down running for a full year. What I've found is PT (particularly ASTEM treatment and dry needling) have helped immensely.

    Also, not to rag on the stick but I've found the trigger point grid roller to be much more effective. Every morning I heat pat the area, roll it out for a few and then get a good stretch in the calf/ankle.


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  • 25
    May2014
    • Injury Status In Pain
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • Runner Yes

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      Ice, Strassburg Sock
      Not Improved
      Boot, Surgery, Acupuncture, Soft tissue therapy

    July 2014 will be 2 yrs with achilles tendonitis. I sustained the injury not from running but from being too aggressive on the treadmill. I have been to 3 doctors, physical therapy-ESTIM, ASTYM, a walking boot, sleeping boot, acupuncture then finally surgery consisting of shaving down a thickening of the inner heel bone from achilles bursitis and repairing an achilles tendon and then there was the Brisment procedure where by 50 pinholes are made in the achilles to stimulate healing and still no relief. I just purchased the Strassburg stocking and have started wearing it. It does help with the morning stiffness. Most of my pain is walking after a rest period. It can take almost 24 hrs to ease up but then it starts up again. Ice is my best friend. My freezer is full of ice packs but of course it is only temporary relief. The only shoes I can wear are athletic shoes with an orthotic and now was recommended a heel lift (i already had several of them) I am starting eccentric exercises (for insertional tendonitis) now to see if they help and am going to purchase a foam roller to use. If any of the reader have any other suggestions I am open to them.


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  • 07
    Feb2014
    • Injury Status Recovering
    • Chronicity 0 - 6 Months
    • Runner Yes

    Treatment Ratings

      Almost Cured
      Boot, Massage, Acupuncture, Soft tissue therapy
      Not Improved
      Ice, Platelet Rich Plasma Injection, Rest

    I've had 2 epidsodes of AT
    Left side 2010
    Right side 3 months ago.

    In 2010 I tried almost everything. I did do PRP at the very end of my recovery. I'm not sure if I was already getting better or not, so it's hard to say if it contributed or not.

    In 2010 I spent 4 weeks just not running and icing... finally put a boot on for 6 weeks and I really believed it helped.
    of all the many treatments I tried, the following seemed the best:
    boot
    ASTYM-- it's like graston
    self massage
    acupuncture

    this recent injury I put the boot on the next day, kept it on for 3 weeks. I did acupuncture, self massage.
    4 weeks after injury i started jogging.... 1/4 mile, then 1/2 mile, then 3/4 mile etc....
    until after 3 weeks i was able to do a 6 mile jog.

    it's been 3 1/2 months since the injury and I'm up to 38 mpw. (in 2010 I didn't make it back to running at my old paces till 6 months)
    I'm almost back to normal now but not quite.


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  • 25
    Apr2016
    • Injury Status In Pain
    • Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
    • Chronicity 0 - 6 Months
    • Repeat injury? No
    • Runner Yes
    • If Runner? change in mileage or terrain Yes

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      Soft tissue therapy, Stretching, Brisement, Taping, Massage, Physical Therapy
      Not Improved
      Rest, Heel Lifts, Ice, NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs

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  • 19
    Apr2016
    • Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
    • Chronicity 0 - 6 Months
    • Runner No

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Physical Therapy, Eccentric Protocol, Stretching, Strengthening Exercises, Soft tissue therapy

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  • 17
    Apr2016
    • Injury Status Recovering
    • Physical activity per week 0-4 hours
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • Repeat injury? No
    • Runner No

    Treatment Ratings

      Almost Cured
      Physical Therapy, Soft tissue therapy
      Improved
      Cortisone Injection, Massage, Strengthening Exercises
      Not Improved
      Orthotics, Ice

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  • Terence Achilles Tendinitis

    • Age 35-54
    • Male
    • 230 lbs
    • 5' 11"
    • Charlotte,NC
    17
    Apr2016
    • Injury Status In Pain
    • Physical activity per week 0-4 hours
    • Repeat injury? No
    • Runner Yes
    • If Runner? change in mileage or terrain Yes

    Treatment Ratings

      Almost Cured
      Surgery
      Improved
      Rest, Stretching, Compression Socks, Soft tissue therapy
      Not Improved
      Boot, Ice, Supportive Shoes, Strengthening Exercises

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  • Heather Achilles Tendinitis

    • Age 35-54
    • Female
    • 190 lbs
    • 5' 2"
    14
    Apr2016
    • Injury Status Recovering
    • Physical activity per week 8+ hours
    • Chronicity 6-18 Months
    • Repeat injury? Yes
    • Runner Yes
    • If Runner? change in mileage or terrain Yes