This sort of support is rare among doctors, yet is a regular practice and exemplary manifestation of the one-on-one attention given at Therapydia. I feel supported at Therapydia by the entire staff, from the physical therapists to the service provided by the administrative support team. When you look forward to coming in for a physical therapy appointment you know you have found something special.
These guys are the best. There is a reason everyone gives them 5 stars. At first glance, it’s the personal attention really separates this practice from others. But then you find that not only does the team want to make sure you are getting their full attention, but they want to make sure you see results, too. I work with Jennifer, and she is terrific.
I came to Therapydia with a painful ankle with a referral from my doctor after a traffic accident. They knew exactly what to do, and after only a few sessions the pain was gone and I was able to fully resume my triathlon training!
Achilles Tendon Pain Relief
The Achilles tendon is the band of tissue that connects your calf muscle to your heel bone. Achilles tendinitis occurs due to overuse and is common within in people who run or play sports and is a very common achilles tendon injury. The achilles tendon weakens with age and it can be exacerbated with increased activity levels that places stress on the achilles leading to inflammation or small tears.
Although most cases of achilles tendinitis can be treated with just physical therapy, more serious cases of achilles tendinitis can lead to tendon tears/ruptures and surgery may be needed. If you have a grade 3 injury or a complete rupture, surgery may be necessary because you will have lost your ability to bear weight.
Signs & Symptoms
- Point tenderness along the achilles
- Pain and stiffness during activities that increase the demand on the achilles tendon
- Pain after being stationary for a longer period of time or in the morning as you take your first few steps
- Swelling in the back of the ankle
To determine your diagnosis, your physical therapist may perform a movement assessment to watch your walk, squat and balance to access the strength of your leg. Achilles tendinitis may result from ankle stiffness, calf weakness, improper footwear or a change in exercise routine.
- Hands-on, manual therapy techniques to mobilize your achilles tendon and joints
- Therapeutic modalities such as ultrasounds and cold/hot therapy to decrease pain
- Custom strengthening exercise program for your achilles tendon and calf to decrease achilles load and tears
- Patient education to discuss external factors causing pain such as footwear, running posture or faulty movement
Your PT program will be specific to where you are in the recovery process and the extent of the injury. Progression of movement is quality based. As you demonstrate the ability to do movements pain-free, they will be progressively more challenging. The goal of physical therapy is to get you back to doing your favorite activities, pain-free.
About Therapydia DC
Better Physical Therapy Experience
At Therapydia DC, our physical therapists offer one-on-one, hands-on achilles tendinitis treatment. You’ll spend your entire with one of our expert therapists – we won’t hand you off to a PT assistant or aide. We’ll help you understand what’s causing your pain, what you can do to relieve your pain and ways to prevent reoccurring injuries. Best of all, you’re covered. Therapydia works with and provides billing for most PPO insurance groups and Medicare. We also accept cash-based payments.
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Tim Vidale, DPT
and Physical Therapist
Jennifer Nelson, DPT
Jane Kruszewksi, DPT
Joanne Divito, DPT