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Characteristics of Achilles Tendonitis:
Irritation and inflammation injury to the Achilles tendon. Sometimes pain is localized to the insertion site of the affected tendon or mid/central (non-insertion) fibrous portion of the tendon (behind the ankle).
Commonly creates posterior heel pain and morning stiffness along the tendon.
Pain tends to get worse with activity; with increasing severity post activity or exercise.
Additional symptoms include thickening of the tendon; bone spur formation at the back and side of the heel (insertional tendinitis); chronic swelling; and irritation from shoes rubbing on the tendon.
Treatment: addressing mechanics or footwear creating abnormal torque or friction to the area.
Characteristics of Achilles Bursitis:
Bursitis is the inflammation of the fluid filled sac between the Achilles tendon and the back of the heel bone.
Friction from footwear, improper mechanics and repetitive strain causes the bursae to leak, increasing pain, stiffness and swelling to the back of the heel and behind the ankle.
Treatment: addressing mechanics of the foot that cause abnormal torque or friction to the area.
Active Alignment Treatment Options for Plantar Fasciitis:
- Custom Foot Orthotics
- Ankle Bracing
- FS6 Compression Sleeve
- Medical Grade Compression Socks
- Night Splint
- Therapeutic Footwear
- Therapeutic Massage Ball
- Resistance Bands
- Stretching with targeted exercises for intrinsic arch strength including videos