Treat Heel Pain & Discomfort


Are you dealing with heel pain? If so, you may be suffering from Achilles tendonitis like many Calgarians. The Achilles tendon is what attaches the calf muscles to the heel bone. We use this bone to run, walk, jump, and even stand on the balls of our feet. However, continuous and strenuous physical activity like jumping and running can cause the Achilles tendon to be painful and inflamed. If you are experiencing pain like this, our team at Divergent Innovative Health Care in Calgary is here to help.

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Innovative Technology for Achilles Tendonitis Treatment

Divergent Health is committed to evidence-based technologies to address Achilles tendonitis. Explore our array of innovative treatments to discover which options may be best suited to your needs:

Focused Shockwave

Focused Shockwave Therapy

Focused Shockwave delivers high-energy sound waves to the Achilles tendon, promoting tissue regeneration and repair. The therapy enhances blood circulation in the affected area, accelerating the healing process and reducing inflammation. It also helps to break down scar tissue and calcifications that may hinder recovery.

Radial Shockwave

Radial Shockwave Therapy

Radial Shockwave Therapy sends medium-energy sound waves to stimulate blood flow and promote tissue regeneration in the affected area. This enhanced circulation brings essential nutrients to expedite healing. It also facilitates the breakdown of scar tissue and calcifications that can impede recovery.

Laser Treatment

Laser Treatment

Laser therapy can be a drug-free option for foot and ankle pain. It uses concentrated light beams to target injured tissues. The non-invasive laser energy promotes tissue healing and improves blood circulation leading to reduced inflammation and pain signals. With minimal side effects and potentially rapid relief, laser therapy offers a promising option for individuals seeking effective pain management for foot and ankle issues.

TECAR Radio-frequency

TECAR Radio-frequency Therapy

Radial Shockwave Therapy sends medium-energy sound waves to stimulate blood flow and promote tissue regeneration in the affected area. This enhanced circulation brings essential nutrients to expedite healing. It also facilitates the breakdown of scar tissue and calcifications that can impede recovery.

Medical Management

Medical Management

Medical management involves pharmaceutical, surgical and non-surgical approaches such as rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) to reduce pain and swelling initially. Physical therapy is often prescribed to gradually strengthen the calf muscles and improve flexibility, which can help support the healing tendon. Our doctors may prescribe medications to alleviate pain and inflammation during recovery.

ARX Omni Rehab Training

ARX Omni Rehab Training

ARX Omni offers safe and controlled movements with motorized resistance. Our qualified trainers can design a program specifically targeting the muscles around your ankle to promote healing and strength. The machine’s versatility allows for exercises at various angles, thereby improving flexibility and range of motion.

ARX Alpha Strength Training

ARX Alpha Strength Training

ARX Alpha utilizes controlled and customizable resistance to gradually strengthen the calf muscles and the Achilles tendon without overloading the injured area. By precisely adjusting resistance throughout the range of motion, ARX Alpha minimizes stress on the healing tendon while promoting muscle growth and rehabilitation.

Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy for Achilles tendonitis involves targeted exercises to strengthen the tendon and surrounding muscles while improving flexibility. Divergent’s experienced physiotherapists employ massage and stretching techniques to alleviate pain and inflammation. This comprehensive approach aims to facilitate healing and prevent future injury.

Injectable Pain Therapy

Injectable Pain Therapy

Injectable pain therapy targets specific areas in the achilles tendon. Medications are injected near irritated nerves or tissues to reduce inflammation and pain signals. By targeting the source of pain directly, injectable pain therapy provides rapid relief, allowing you to engage in physical therapy and rehabilitation more effectively.

Custom Orthotics

Custom Orthotics

Custom orthotics manage Achilles tendonitis by providing support and alignment for the foot and ankle. By correcting biomechanical imbalances, orthotics can distribute pressure more evenly along the foot, reducing excessive stress on the tendon. Orthotics can cushion the heel and absorb shock during activities, easing discomfort associated with Achilles tendonitis.

Kinesiology

Kinesiology

Kinesiology uses targeted exercises to strengthen the muscles surrounding the Achilles tendon, promoting stability and support. Kinesiology techniques also focus on improving flexibility and restoring proper biomechanics, reducing strain on the injured tendon during movement.

Bracing

Bracing

Bracing provides external support and stability to the ankle and lower leg. Immobilizing the ankle joint, braces, and splints reduces strain on the Achilles tendon, allowing it to rest and heal. Additionally, they help maintain proper alignment and prevent excessive stretching or tearing of the tendon during movement. Properly fitted braces and splints can also alleviate pain and discomfort associated with Achilles tendonitis, helping to facilitate healing.

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
Custom Orthotics

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy involves injecting a concentrated solution of your body’s own platelets into the affected Achilles tendon. Platelets contain growth factors that stimulate tissue repair and regeneration. By delivering these biological components directly to the injury site, PRP therapy promotes healing, reduces inflammation, and may alleviate pain.

Causes & Symptoms of Achilles Tendonitis

Calgary offers many opportunities for outdoor activities. However, excessive walking or exercise is the leading cause of Achilles tendonitis. Though more commonly seen in athletes, it can affect anyone. In addition to exercise, several unrelated factors can cause this condition, such as rheumatoid arthritis and infections.

Potential causes of Achilles tendonitis include:

  • Not warming up before exercising
  • Calf muscle straining during physical activity
  • Sports that require you to change periodic direction, ie tennis
  • Increase in physical activity
  • Shoes that are poor fitting or old
  • Wearing high heels for a long periods
  • Bone spurs in the back of your heels
  • Aging, as Achilles tendons tend to weaken with age

Pain and swelling are the main symptoms of Achilles tendonitis. The pain is located on the backside of your heel and is usually noticed when running or walking. Other symptoms of Achilles tendonitis include:

  • Tight calf muscles
  • Swelling and discomfort in the back of your heel
  • Range of motion that is limited while flexing your foot
  • Skin that is warm to the touch on your heel

Achilles Pain:  Diagnosis & Treatment in Calgary


Doctors can typically diagnose Achilles Tendonitis by identifying common symptoms. Apparent symptoms, such as swelling and pain in the calf and heel, are generally present in Achilles Tendonitis. The team at our Calgary clinic will feel around the area for pain and swelling. We may also use tests to help confirm the diagnosis, such as MRI scans, ultrasounds, and X-rays.

Achilles Tendonitis can be treated with various home remedies, starting with rest and anti-inflammatory medication. If your condition does not improve, we may suggest our tried and tested corrective care plans for Achilles Tendonitis – these plans implement a technological approach along with possible medical intervention depending on the history.  Our technological approach utilizes a disruptive approach to bring back the affected tendon or any damaged tissue into an acute, regenerative state.  This gives the body the opportunity to heal the affected area again and this time appropriately.  At the same time also disrupt the current chronic ‘protective environment’ the localized affected area is stuck in.  We are a full service pain clinic so we also have other options that might be better directed for your specific situation such steroid injections, PRP, or surgical consult.  Regardless we are here to send you in the right direction when other establishments have failed to do so.

Calgary Achilles Expertise: The Divergent Advantage

Divergent Health’s Calgary clinic is staffed with a team of highly skilled practitioners who specialize in diagnosing Achilles tendon issues and various conditions. Our team is dedicated to providing expert care tailored to your individual needs. We take a comprehensive approach, utilizing multiple advanced technologies and techniques to address your concerns. We create personalized treatment plans tailored for you through seamless collaboration among our practitioners.

Our team includes a diverse group of skilled professionals, including:

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If chiropractic care, physiotherapy or even management through your general practitioner has not worked for you in the past, our team at Divergent Innovative Health Care is the next best step. Our Calgary clinical team is dedicated to going above and beyond conservative care to offer advanced treatment for whole-body wellness.  We truly are different Contact us today to see how we can help your Achilles tendonitis in Calgary.