Shhh, don't tell anybody but I think I have cracked it with the new regime of ART and Graston. Hurts like hell during and I end up bruised but there is no pain on walking and I was able to spend 10 minutes in the Wrong Trousers this week without any ill effect. Thank you for asking. Willing yours to get better from across the pond.
TAR - chiropractors tend to do it (oo-er) here although I understand physios can do it (oo-er) too. I have checked out two chiros who did both Graston and ART on me but they did have a different focus. I am returning to see the one who was more methodical about it (eg he measured flexibility and strength before treating me). He also taped my leg with kinesiology tape and gave advice on stretching the plantar and soleus/gastroc which seems logical to help the achilles heal. Good luck!
Message for TAR (and apologies for not reading thread nor being sociable) - look up someone who does Active Release Therapy and Graston Technique. I have definitely found some immediate relief and am hoping this might be the way forwards for me . Only wish I had found this option sooner...
TAR - just asked fizz here about shock wave therapy. Apparently it's not used here as it is v old skool without evidence to back it up so insurers won't cover it. It is useful in encouraging new cell growth in cases of scar tissue from wounds but not for tendon issues. If it is popular in Europe there must be something to back it up though?