Heel Pain:
Achilles Tendinitis

We are your people to see for Achilles Tendinitis on the Brisbane’s Northside.

We understand how heel pain can have  huge impact on your life.

It can stop you from doing the things you love to do, as well as the things you need to do in everyday life.

It also can stop you doing the things you need to do to stay or get healthy.

If heel pain is bothering you, we have the expertise, the experience, and the technology to free you from heel pain and get you back on track.

A man kneeling down to hold his sore heel while running

Listening To Your Unique Story

How do we know which treatment plan will be right for you?

Because we take the time to listen.

We find out how your injury occurred, what exercise you’ve been doing, what kind of work or other activities you perform, how your overall health is, and very importantly what your goals and dreams are.

By doing this we can work out the cause of your injury and how we might best be able to treat those causes.

It is only by taking the time and care to gather this knowledge that we are able to design a plan that will work for you and your lifestyle.

Anatomy of the Achilles Tendon

Treating the cause

One of the most common causes of Achilles Tendinitis is a tight Gastrocnemius/Soleus complex (calf mauscles).

We fully assess how tight your calf muscles are including other posterior muscles higher up the leg so that we can treat the cause of the injury effectively.

This can often involve prescribing some specific exercises to help stretch the muscles but also to help remove inflammation from the tendon itself.

Our expert staff have treated hundreds of people with Achilles tendon issues and would love to help you to move past them as well.

We Tailor Our Treatment Plan for YOU

Depending on the cause of your Achilles Tendinitis there are a number of treatment options that we can provide.

They can include:

  • Strengthening and stretching exercises,
  • Custom foot orthotics (insoles),
  • Heel raises (shoe inserts at the heel),
  • Footwear advice,
  • Dry needling 
A podiatrist applying strapping tape to a patient with heel pain
A woman running up a very long set of stairs in the afternoon

Steadily Increasing Load

Tendons prefer to be moving and they aklso prefer to be taking load.

Much research has gone into the rehabilitation of the Achilles Tendon and we use the results of that research to drive our approach to getting you better.

We will generally start you off with the very lightest of loading exercises and gradually increase that load and speed until we get you to the point where you can do the activities you enjoy most, without pain.

 

Custom Orthotics

One of the most effective and fast treatments for Achilles Tendinitis is custom foot orthotics.

These are insoles made to the exact shape of your feet which go into your shoes and alter the forces going through certain tissues.

This can quickly relieve pressure from the inflamed heels and reduce tension on the Achilles Tendon.

Our custom orthotics are made from 3D laser scanning that we perform in the clinic with our 3D laser scanner, creating incredibly accurate results.

The better the alignment with your foot, the more effective orthotics are.

We are also able to use different densities of materials in the orthotics so that the heel bone itself sits in a very nice cushioning pad.

A custom foot orthotic on a teal background
A woman walking on the high tech SMT treadmill for gait assessment

High Tech Tools

We use everything at our disposal to help get the right results for you, and this includes the best technology available.

As mentioned above we take images of your feet using a 3D laser scanner when making your orthotics.

Before that we’ll analyse your running and standing gait and possibly your balance using our Sensor Medica Treadmill.

This treadmill couples a 1.2mtr force-plate to measure the exact pressures occurring under your feet with a super high speed camera.

These tools allow us to slow your gait down to frame by frame so that we can see exactly what your feet and legs are doing at each stage of gait, as well as seeing which parts of the feet re going under the most stress.

This has helped us to diagnose patients quicker, working out the root cause of their problem, which we can then treat.

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