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About 7 months ago I started having classic AT problems. However, there was never any pain on the achilles itself. The pain was always at the base of my foot - it felt like a bruise on the bone when anyone applied pressure to that specific area. Before seeing a doctor I tried to treat myself with rest, exercises, stretching, etc. It didn't work so I went to a podiatrist who diagnosed me with insertional achilles tendinosis. No further follow up was needed from him so he referred me to physio. I've been going to Physio for 4 months now and there has been little change in symptoms. The only slight improvement was when I stopped running almost 10 weeks ago. I'm very close to stopping cycling as that is also causing more stiffness.
Anyway, I finally decided to see a Chiropractor who specializes in Graston. She performed an in office ultrasound scan and noticed that my Achilles seems to be in good shape, no plantar fasciitis and no inflammation. What she did notice was pump bump. There is no visible bump on my heel but was pretty obvious on the US.
Now, this is where I need a little help...She mentioned that there aren't any exercises I can do since it's a calcification on the bone that's causing the pain/stiffness. She said I need orthotics to relieve the pressure on the heel so I can get back to running. I thought she was going to try to sell me custom made ones but she was pushing the Super Feet insoles. Then she gave me 10 minutes of Graston Therapy.
Is she correct in any of this or am I being taken advantage of? If there aren't any exercises or therapy that can be done because it's a bone issue then why would she do Graston?
I admit that I should have asked her directly but I got really overwhelmed in her office and didn't start really thinking about what she said until I was at home. Had she been pushing custom made orthotics I would have thought for sure she was in it for money but I've heard really fantastic things about Super Feet insoles and they are relatively cheap.
Can anyone with any experience shed some light on this for me? Thanks in advance.