What's the best treatment for achilles tendinitis?
I've been rehabbing my achilles tendinitis for almost one year. ART has proven the most effective, but I have not done it consistently due to the high cost. Physical therapy was mainly about calf raises and strengthening my hips and glutes, which I'm sure has helped, but when it comes to relief, ART has been the best bet. Any fellow achilles tendinitis (or chronic achilles tendonopathy) sufferers out there? What worked for you?
I have pretty high arches and I supinate a lot, which I assume is related. I wear orthotics (not medical grade, but the makeshift kind the podiatrist can make out of your shoe's sole), which has helped I think. But I am still on the hunt for the perfect shoe for my feet.
That said, it's an injury that takes a loooong time to heal because of its location and the lack of vascularity in tendons.
Are you "rolling" your foot? As previously mentioned the stretching of the foot is very important - especially for the fascia. But not just stretching it; the actual rolling of the foot releases any tightness, trigger points (hot spots) and makes a huge difference. This should/can be done upon waking as well as before exercise. And this can (should) then help with many other issues as well (ie., tight calfs, knee tracking and hip centration); hence, healing. Ground forces travel up...so make the energy flow smooth.....starting at the base.
FYI, my favorite is a spikey ball....but rolling over anything (even square) is most excellent.
And you can also freeze cups of water and roll over the cup to help with inflammation. I do believe wrapping (and K-tape if you can get) are important while healing in day to day living.
Be gentle; and here's to healing, Joy
I suggest that you check out www.melthmethod.com to see whether there is a MELT instructor anywhere near you. You can also find more information about MELT at that web site. And you are more than welcome to check out my web site www.meltnc.com to look at the information that I have compiled.
I have heard people drawing comparisons between MELT and ART because they are in the same ballpark. One major difference is that MELT is self-treatment.