Advantage Physical Therapy

Now offering Saturday appointments at our Redmond location.

Our treatment model is different than most, utilizing only experienced, licensed physical therapists and scheduling 60 minute visits to ensure we have the time and appropriate resources to get you better as fast as possible.  Combined, we have over 50 years of Physical Therapy Experience and 30 of those years in the Bellevue, Redmond and Mercer Island areas. We have established deep and longstanding community roots and experience in the local medical community. Convenient appointment times are availible for any busy schedule. 

Visit us at either our Redmond or Mercer Island clinics.  Please call us at (425) 883-9630 if you have any questions or to schedule an appointment.

Sincerely,

Chris Tuohy, DPT
 Owner
Hours: 
REDMOND
Monday thru Friday 7:30am -6:30pm

 

MERCER ISLAND
Monday and Wednesday 7:00am -5:00pm
Tuesday and Thursday 7:00am- 6:00pm
Friday 7:00am- 12:00pm

 

To help you recover faster, our clinicians have advanced training in:

  • The Mulligan Technique
  • Manual Therapy- Training through NAIOMT
  • Kineseotaping
  • 4-Camera Gait/Running Analysis
  • Aquatic Therapy (At Mercer Island)
  • Custom Orthotic Fitting (At Redmond)
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Achilles Tendonitis and Tendonopathy

The Achilles tendon attaches the calf muscles in the posterior lower leg to the back of the heel (Calcaneus). There are two calf muscles, the Gastrocnemius and Soleus. These strong muscles allow us to rise up on our toes making them prime muscles used in walking and running.

Achilles tendon pain is usually due to small tears in the tendon which can develop over time. This may occur due to a single incident of overstretching or straining the tendon, or through general overuse where the tendon becomes worn and damaged.

 

Common causes include:

  • poor foot biomechanics, tight calf muscles, poor tensile strength through the tendon and calf muscles
  • overtraining
  • incorrect footwear

Achilles tendonopathy is a common complaint and those susceptible include runners as well as football, basketball, tennis and squash players.

 

Achilles symptoms include pain in the Achilles tendon, heel or lower calf. Tenderness to pressure and redness and swelling are common. There may be difficulty rising up onto your toes, particularly when standing on one leg.

Early physical therapy treatment for this problem is vital as it can become difficult to resolve the longer the injury goes untreated. Full rehabilitation is important to achieve an optimum outcome and prevent reoccurrence.

Physical therapy treatment of Achilles tendonopathy may incorporate:

  • evaluation of the knee and hip muscle balance and biomechanics
  • soft tissue release to tight calves
  • guidance on appropriate stretches and strengthening exercises
  • advice on footwear and training

Referral to a podiatrist may be appropriate if foot biomechanics are an issue.

Advantage physical therapists see this injury frequently, particularly in the summer when people are out and about more, running on hard concrete surfaces, or even running on soft sand. Do not let this injury go untreated as it can become a chronic problem very easily.