i just joined this site because of an ongoing problem with my achilles tendons. I used to run - right achilles got sore so about 8 years ago i stopped after months of ignoring it. Stretching helped a bit. After that I did a lot of walking for exercise - but nothing extreme.
Recently (last few months) my left achilles has the same problem, the right one has eased off. But both are stiff when i get up in the mornings and after sitting at my desk or on couch. I try stretching exs for tight ham strings and calves - advice of phsyical therapist years ago with onset of first achilles problem. it sort of helps but does not really fix anything
i am 55, post menopause, and am generally noticing more stiffening/tightening of tendons/ligaments - not joints so much as far as I can tell.I don't know if this is the kind of stiffness that people say goes with menopause. I keep hoping it will just go away but it doesn't. I don't miss running but walking is critical to my health and lifestyle - I can't just give that up!
I don't know where to turn for professional help - acupuncture? sports medicine? women's health /menopause specialist?
Chronic achilles tendonitis is usually treated effectively with physical therapy including stretching, strengthening, modalities such as ultrasound, or elctrical stimulation, and instruction in home exercises. In addition the use of a heel lift can also be very helpful.
Some doctors use cortcisteroid injections, but others believe this can weaken the tendon and lead to tendon rupture. Lately, great promise has been shown for the use of platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections. PRP delivers a soft tissue scaffold for tendon healing along with a high concentration of platelets and the factors they contain to initiate the body's own natural healing processes.
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