About ActiveCare PT:

  • Our therapists are licensed in New York State and active members in the American Physical Therapy Association. We have advanced training in joint mobilization and myofascial release techniques.
  • We are dedicated practitioners with a passion for the profession and a comprehensive, holistic approach to treatment and healing. We treat each patient as an individual and treat the whole person, with a plan of care designed to meet the patient’s set goals for health, functionality and a return to work, tasks and activities. We network with a team of physicians, chiropractors, acupuncturists and massage therapists in order to provide guidance to other modalities that may be effective in the patients’ care.
  • Physical Therapist and owner Karena Wu is a graduate of the Program in Physical Therapy at Columbia University and is affiliated with several healthcare organizations in New York City. She is certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Kinesio Taping Practitioner and Pilates Instructor, and uses SpiderTech Taping.
  • ActiveCare is primarily an out-of-network facility. We accept all insurance with out-of-network benefits and file for most major insurance plans. We work with all prospective patients to create workable payment plans regardless of insurance coverage.
  • ActiveCare accepts Medicare, No-Fault and Workers’ Compensation patients depending on schedule availability.
  • ActiveCare’s administrators provide seamless and efficient concierge-style client service to all of our patients. And the whole ActiveCare team makes sure your time with us is a beneficial, productive and enjoyable experience.

What is Achilles tendonitis?

Physical Therapy for Achilles Tendonitis p01Achilles tendonitis refers to pain and inflammation in the tendon just above the back of the heel. Achilles tendonitis is considered an overuse injury. It is most common in athletes, and those who place repeated stress on the Achilles tendon. This frequently occurs with prolonged running, walking, and jumping maneuvers.

Because this area of the body does not have a good blood supply, Achilles tendonitis can persist for long periods of time. In an attempt to repair the small “micro tears” that have occurred in the Achilles tendon, the body creates new blood vessels and small nerve branches in the injured area. These new blood vessels and nerves are thought to be the source of pain.

Physical Therapy for Achilles Tendonitis p02Treatment for Achilles tendonitis is aimed at relieving pain while also strengthening and supporting the Achilles tendon, ankle, and lower leg muscles. Rest, ice, and compression are critical components of care. Many patients with Achilles tendonitis find great improvement and relief from symptoms with a combination of moderate compression, supportive elastic bandages, and heel pads. In addition, manual therapies may help bring relief to the strained Achilles tendon itself, as well as address tensions in the foot, ankle, and calf that may be contributing to the problem. Specific targeted exercises can stabilize and strengthen the Achilles tendon, allowing it to be more resilient with future activity.

If you are suffering from heel pain due to Achilles tendonitis or any other reason, contact ActiveCare Physical Therapy today.

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