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Cardiff Foot Ankle and Calf Pain – Pain relief and treatment

CALF AND ACHILLES PAIN

A painful calf or Achilles is a very common complaint seen at Recovery & Beyond Physiotherapy.  The most common cause of calf pain is an injury to the musculotendinous complex , in the middle of the calf , caused by a traumatic acute strain or pull . While in the Achilles area the injury is classically due to overuse , normally bought on by a change in loading on the legs , such as increasing distance in preparation for a distance running event .

Symptoms

  • Acute , sharp pain with a history of sudden injury while pushing off
  • Gradual onset
  • Stiffness and ache in morning or at the start of training which eases with continuing exercise or heat but returns later
  • Swelling
  • Cramping pain

Conditions

Acute muscle strains are most commonly to the gastrocnemius muscle , then the deeper soleus or to any of the other deeper muscles.

Recurrent or chronic muscle strains occur after inadequate rehabilitation from an earlier injury when there is a build up of scar tissue , but can also be from overuse.

Achilles tendinopathy.  Also known as tendinitis or Achilles tendon partial rupture

Posterior ankle impingement.  An injury with similar symptoms to an Achilles injury commonly seen in dancer’s , gymnasts or footballer’s normally secondary to a previous injury where the foot is pointing down (plantarflexed)

Treatment

Treatment to an acute muscle or tendon tear involves modalities to encourage and shape the healing process including progressive rehabilitation exercises.  This helps ensure a full recovery and prevention of reoccurrence by ensuring the tissues are strengthened and scar tissue and adhesions are minimised.

Overuse type injuries need to be looked at more holistically to determine the source of overuse , which needs the expertise of an experienced practitioner  to identify the potential causes and implementing an effective treatment plan to address them.

UK Standardised protocols – For certain conditions there are specific evidence based UK Standardised protocols which are implemented within the treatment programme here at the clinic .

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Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports and Exercise Medicine

Recovery & Beyond is a proud member of The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports and Exercise Medicine.

Yep that’s a mouthful! While our membership underlines our commitment to sports physiotherapy, it’s our years of experience in rehabilitating, strengthening and maintaining sportsmen, both amateur and elite that make us the most proud.

We have slowly built up a centre of excellence that covers many of the aspects involved in preparation, rehab and recovery in the field of sports.

Physio for Runners, Skiiers, Golfers and other sports atheletes

A physio looks at sports performance in a different way than a strength and conditioning coach does. An experienced sports physio will be able to bio mechanically assess an athelete and pin point pr oblems that lead to underperformance or recurring injuries.

We believe these are highly beneficial to all levels and have just launched specialised classes that help you with Skiing Golf and Running to name a few.

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We’re proud members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists.

This isn’t just so we can show the logo on our site. It’s because we take physiotherapy standards of care extremely seriously.

Experienced Physio’s with manual skills

It’s not easy to become a physio at Recovery & Beyond. You need years of varied experience and advanced skills in manual therapy and manipulation techniques.

These are the skills and attitudes we invest in. They are also, what enables us to help clients recover from injury and chronic long term pain.  We also believe it’s this expertise that sets us apart from other similar healthcare practitioners in Cardiff.

Physiotherapist, Chiropractor or Osteopath? Which one should you choose?

Your body is a a highly connected structure, working on one part in isolation is unlikely to yield long term results. Like many leading practitioners we think about care holistically. To provide this level of care means that we offer the full range of manipulative and therapeutic techniques.

For example, your condition may require manipulation, the kind of treatment Chiropractor’s often provide. However, for long term recovery manipulation  alone may not be enough. To achieve lasting pain relief and mobility manipulation may need to be accompanied by joint mobilisation, soft tissue work and specific exercises. Recovery and Beyond are set up precisely with this type of holistic care plan in mind.

Here are some of the techniques and treatments available

Manipulation

The Physiotherapist may use high velocity low amplitude thrust techniques to increase range of movement at a specific joint . This can produce the characteristic click.

This is a specific technique only to be used when appropriate and only by those with specialist training. This will only be used in treatment when indicated and only done with your prior consent.

Mobilisation

Joint mobilisations are repetitive or sustained specific joint movements which are used to relieve pain and increase movement .

Soft tissue techniques e.g. myofascial release

We are trained to use a wide range of soft tissues techniques including sports massage strokes , myofascial release , connective tissue and fascial manipulation , specific soft tissue mobilisation and muscle energy techniques among others . These are combined with other techniques to improve mobility and joint function . We also have two sports massage here at the clinic , and we work closely as part of a team , you may be referred to one of our sports masseurs should more soft tissue massage be recommended .

Neural Mobilisation

If indicated your Physiotherapist may decide to specifically mobilise neural structures , specific stretching movements with a combination of joint or soft tissue mobilisation techniques .

Specific Exercise Prescription

Exercise and functional rehabilitation and prehabititation is paramount in injury recovery and prevention , and is something we take very seriously at Recovery and Beyond Physiotherapy .

Keeping up to date with the latest research is important as things can change quickly in exercise medicine . Our exercises will always be evidence based and our expertise and involvement with sports teams and individuals means we have vast experience in exercise and rehabilitation .

Strength and conditioning principles are used for optimising normal , functional and sporting movement.

Acupuncture

We use Acupuncture for pain relief and for the treatment of trigger point . Our approach combines traditional Chinese medicine points as well as additional western approaches including dry needling .

Not all of our Physiotherapists are qualified to provide this as part of your treatment if you are particularly interested in receiving acupuncture or have received it in the past with good effect , please tell reception at time of booking so you are booked in with one of our Acupuncture trained physios . Our clinic is licenced by Cardiff city council to carry out the practice of acupuncture by Qualified personel within the establishment .

Electrotherapy

We use electrotherapy when appropriate to either help relieve pain or to facilitate the bodys healing process. These are used when necessary but less frequently than our other techniques as we believe improving function with experienced hands on treatment to be the primary target of any intervention and which responds with the best results