Achilles Tendonitis is a very common problem that effects the tendon on the back of the lower leg. When the tendon is irritated it can become very painful and also debilitating. Below is a list of things you should know regarding this injury.
What causes tendonitis?
Excess strain to the foot which can cause small tears to the tendon leading to inflammation and pain.
Running on an uneven surface.
Wearing shoes that don’t fit right.
Having very flat feet or very high arches.
Running up steep inclines.
Standing for a long period of time.
What are the symptoms?
Difficulty walking in flat shoes (or pain relief in high heels).
Pain to the Achilles tendon area which can be near the heel bone or more towards the calf.
This area might also feel stiff and tender.
Is it preventable?
Although you cannot completely prevent Achilles tendonitis there are things that you can do to minimize your chances of getting it. These include: stretching your calf muscles daily, low impact exercises, slowly work up to more intense exercises (don’t go fast and hard all at once), and choose shoes that provide good support and replace your shoes often.
What can I do?
If you are feeling that dull stiff pain at the back of the heel take a break from running and high impact sports. Add swimming, elliptical and yoga to your exercise routine to relieve pressure from the Achilles tendon and surrounding areas.
R.I.C.E.: Rest, ice, compress, elevate the area that is painful.
Strength training can also help with healing, but remember to not over do it.
Motrin or Ibuprofen
Finally, remember to discuss your Achilles tendon pain with your local podiatrist. Dr. Evan Merrill is ready to help you with all of your foot problems. Call Southern Oregon Foot and Ankle Clinic LLC today at 541-776-3338 or fill out our online form to make an appointment.