Achilles tendinitis is a fairly common overuse injury, especially for runners. Preventing this injury involves a little care and proactive treatment. Condition your lower legs to handle strain by building up your activity levels slowly. Stretch and strengthen your calf muscles with specific exercises. Always warm up before and cool down after working out. Make sure your shoes properly support your arches and cushion your soles. Take days off to rest from your activities, so your Achilles tendons have time to relax and recover, and consider cross-training with low impact exercises.
These strategies can go a long way in preventing Achilles tendinitis, but they aren’t guaranteed to stop it. If you develop pain in the back of your ankles when you’re active, don’t ignore it—seek treatment right away to keep potential problems from worsening. Contact Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle, L.L.C. for an appointment or more information by visiting the online contact page or calling our Medford office at (541) 776-3338.