Pro Medical SA is a group of Medical Practices in Adelaide that offers state of the art facilities with the aim of delivering the highest level of patient care. Our Adelaide General Practitioners have a focus on Family Medicine encompassing all age groups.

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Pro Dental SA is an Adelaide Family Dental Surgery that places an emphasis on preventative care and maintenance. Our Adelaide Dentists are focused on delivering high quality treatments and services in a relaxed and family friendly environment.

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Kidman Park

Pro Physio SA is an Adelaide Physio and Pilates Practice that is focused on providing the very best physiotherapy treatment, intervention and rehabilitation.

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Pro Podiatry SA is an Adelaide based Podiatry and Orthotic Practice. With an emphasis on communication and education, our Adelaide Podiatrists can help devise a management plan to help treat and resolve a range of complex foot and ankle conditions.

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Pro Psychology SA is an Adelaide Psychology Practice, that prides itself on a commitment to professional quality care to achieve the best possible outcomes and goals for individuals, couples and families.

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Pro Nutrition SA is an Adelaide based Dietetic Practice. We aim to provide optimal patient care with an emphasis on dietary advice & education by providing tailored recommendations that are specific to each patient's needs.

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Pro Remedial SA is an Adelaide Remedial Massage Practice that is focused on assisting patients in all aspects of Remedial Massage, Sports Massage and Therapeutic Massage, including Sports Injury Management, Positional Release, Cupping Therapy, Acupressure and Lymphatic Drainage.

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Pro Studio SA is an Adelaide based Pilates Studio, Gym and Rehabilitation Facility. Pro Studio SA offers a safe environment for individuals looking to implement a program of muscular strengthening, conditioning and/or specialised rehabilitation under the careful instruction of our team of Physiotherapists, Exercise Physiologists and Personal Trainers.

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Kidman Park

Pro Exercise SA is an Adelaide based Exercise Physiology Practice that focuses on prevention and treatment of injury and chronic illness through structured exercise participation.

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Kidman Park

What is Achilles Tendonitis?

Achilles tendonitis refers to inflammation of the Achilles tendon, usually resulting from overuse associated with a change of intensity/duration of an activity, changes in footwear or training surfaces. The Achilles tendon is an extension of the calf muscle and inserts into the back of the heel bone.

What causes Achilles Tendonitis?

With summer upon us, this condition becomes increasingly prevalent. As stated previously this is an overuse related injury, which can be amplified with the transition from shoes to barefoot during the warmer weather. This can place increased strain on the Achilles tendon as the muscles in our feet adapt to the higher heel pitch after wearing any kind of footwear during the colder months and become accustomed to this type of load. When we then transfer into footwear such as thongs, which do not have a high heel pitch, the Achilles is placed under strain, ultimately resulting in overloading the muscle and tendon and in severe cases injury.

How does it present?

Typically, pain at the back of the heel will be worst in the morning when you first get out of bed. After a few steps it usually improves, however as you become more active during the day pain can return. Thickening of the Achilles is also a common secondary effect of having long-standing Achilles tendonitis.

How do you treat Achilles tendonitis?

Treatment usually begins in the short term with RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation). Strengthening exercises are also an important part of the treatment process from an early stage. Heel raises, shockwave therapy and orthotic therapy can also help with achieving a better outcome and prevention of the injury occurring again.

How long will it be until I am back to normal?

Typically, Achilles tendonitis takes approximately 6 weeks to resume pre-injury activity levels; however, it can be longer or shorter than this depending on the extent of the injury, daily activities and the duration of the injury. Every patient is different and we take pride in devising an individual treatment program for each person that we treat.

The Pro Podiatry team specialise in this area of treatment so if you feel you are having trouble with Achilles pain, please contact Pro Podiatry or book online at prohealthcare.com.au.

Pro Podiatry SA, Jake Pitt, Podiatrist

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