Every adult who is on their feet and physically pushing themselves in a sport or other activity is susceptible to Achilles tendonitis. If not treated properly, the inflammation in your Achilles tendon won’t just slow you down; it can lead to serious injury and tearing. Lawrence Maurer, DPM and Peter M. Vincent, DPM at Washington Foot & Ankle Sports Medicine in Kirkland, Washington specialize in treatment for Achilles tendonitis that will ensure you remain as active as you want to be. Don’t let Achilles tendonitis keep you sidelined. Use the online booking form or call a Run Doctor specialist to schedule your appointment today.
Your Achilles tendon is the tendon at the back of your ankle that connects your calf muscles to your heel bone. Tendonitis is a severe injury brought about by the inflammation of a tendon.
The pain from Achilles tendonitis is felt right above the heel. It will feel tender or stiff. The pain usually begins mildly but will intensify with increased activity on and around the ankle.
The inflammation of the Achilles is usually due to a sudden increase in activity on and around the ankle. It is a common injury among athletes who run. It can be triggered by short sprints or long-distance running. The chances of experiencing Achilles tendonitis increase with age, and it is more common among men.
If you are overweight, have high blood pressure, psoriasis, or flat feet, your likelihood of experiencing Achilles tendonitis can increase. Insufficient stretching, lack of support from your shoes, even cold weather, can contribute to the problem.
Pace the increased effort in your running. Remember, Achilles tendonitis is a product of a sudden increase in activity. Also, running on an incline or decline – uphill, downhill, or on stairs – puts additional strain on the Achilles tendon, and increases your chance of injury. If you begin to feel pain above your heel, don’t ignore it, and don’t “run through it.”
As is the case with many injuries brought about by intense running, proper stretching is vital to reduce the risk of Achilles tendonitis. Stretching your calf muscles and Achilles tendon before a workout, and even on the days you do not work out, will help reduce your risk of injury. Beyond stretching, strength and weight-lifting exercises for your calf muscles are highly beneficial.
The major risk in the delay of treatment for your Achilles tendonitis comes in the ever-increasing potential of an Achilles tendon tear. Your decision to get out ahead of this injury is vital in order to prevent serious and potentially lasting damage, that at a minimum will require surgery.