Colm Dempsey

 “I went to Darren in DK Injury Clinic after attending a physio with an Achilles Tendinitis/Tendinopathy injury for about 3-4 weeks. I had also tried a number of exercises and stretches (Alfredson Achilles eccentric strengthening) to alleviate the pain/injury myself but nothing was working. I had heard about Darren and his Shock Wave Therapy treatments from a friend in my triathlon club but to be honest, I ignored the suggestion at first as I was sceptical it would do anything to help the Achilles. However, I was only 4-5 weeks out from my first Ironman and I couldn’t even run 500 meters without serious pain. I decided to give Darren a go as I had nothing to lose and had no other options at this stage. 

Darren was confident from the very first consultation that he could get me back running before the Ironman (I on the other hand was still very sceptical). Over the course of the next 8-12 days, I attended Darren’s clinic 3-4 times and I received shock wave therapy on each occasion. After the 4th session, Darren told me that I could go for a small 5-6km jog to test it out. To my amazement and utter delight, I was able to run pain free for the first time in about 6 weeks. As I was running, I just kept waiting to feel the pain but nothing. I even ran an extra 3km as I was so delighted with myself.

 I was two weeks out from Ironman at this stage and I managed to run 2-3 more times before the event which was just what I needed for my confidence. I went back to Darren for one more precautionary treatment the week of the race and off I went to Austria for my first Ironman. The couple of runs that I did the two weeks before the race were all less than 10km as I didn’t want to risk aggravating the injury. On the day of the race, I was prepared to have to walk parts of the race as I was convinced the injury would flair back up somewhere along the marathon after the pounding it would take throughout the day. However, to my delight, it didn’t. I managed to run the whole marathon without the Achilles flaring up once. 

Looking back on the race now, I am extremely grateful for the advice to go to Darren and more importantly, to Darren for getting me to the start line without any Achilles pain/injury.