#158 Achilles tendinosis treatment failures in a runner

If you’re a runner who gets tightness in your calves and develops Achilles tendinosis it can be very difficult to get it to heal and it can be very frustrating. Some runners fail multiple treatments including stretching, home exercises, physical therapy, braces, PRP injections and many other treatments. You just have to figure what it will take to get the Achilles tendon to heal so you can get back to running.

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Achilles Tendinitis

What is Achilles’ Tendonitis? 

Achilles tendinitis is inflammation within the tendon itself. Achilles tendinitis can occur anywhere within the tendon, all the way from the heel bone up to the calf muscle. However, most often the Achilles tendinitis occurs in a specific area just above the heel bone.  This area, where the tendon is easiest to feel with your hand, happens to have decreased blood flow as compared to the rest of the tendon.  For this reason, an overused tendon may become weaker, inflamed and injured in this area. 

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Retrocalcaneal Bursitis

What Is Retrocalcaneal Bursitis? 

Retrocalcaneal bursitis is closely related to Haglund’s Deformity (or “pump bumps”). If you have a bony enlargement on the back of the heel that rubs the Achilles tendon, it can cause the formation of a bursa (small fluid filled sack). It usually happens in athletes as shoes rub against the heel. The bursa can aggravated by the stitching of a heel counter in the shoe as well. It can make wearing shoes and exercising difficult. Another term used for this condition is “pump bump” because it can frequently occur with wearing high heels as well.  

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Os Trigonum Syndrome

Os Trigonum Syndrome: A Rare Form of Posterior Ankle Pain

Posterior Ankle Impingement Syndrome (also known as Os Trigonum Syndrome)can affect up to 18% of runners and triathletes who have training that includes running downhill. Many incorrectly think this is an Achilles tendon problem. It is easily treatable.

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Haglund’s Deformity

What Is Haglund’s Deformity? 

Also known as Haglund’s Deformity (or “pump bumps”), heel bumps are a bone enlargement on the back of the heel bone. These usually occur for athletes when the shoes they wear rub up against the heel, and they can be aggravated by the height or stitching of a heel counter of a particular shoe. The result is a painful bump or bumps on the heel that make exercising very difficult. Another term used for this condition is pump bump because it can frequently occur with wearing high heels as well.   

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Achilles Tendon Problems

Achilles Tendon Problems A tendon is a structure that is made up completely of highly organized collagen strands that connects a muscle to bone. Although any tendon in the body is susceptible to injury, the Achilles’ tendon happens to be the one that is injured most often.

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