Achilles Tendinitis

What is it?

Achilles Tendinitis is an inflammation of the tendon that attaches the calf muscles to the heel bone. Symptoms are typically a pain in the back of the heel where the tendon attaches to the heel bone, along the length of the tendon, or at the base of the calf where the muscles attach to the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis

Pain may be felt prior to activity or in the morning after you wake up, with a decrease in pain as the tendon warms up with use. Swelling is not normally found with this particular injury, but may be present in extreme cases. If untreated may develop into heel spurs.

What Causes It?

  • Changes in running surfaces
  • Overpronation of the foot and improperly supported arches
  • Improper training techniques
  • Overuse and overtraining
  • Tight and/or weak thigh and calf muscles

How Do I Treat It?

  • If caused by overpronation consider an insole such as Sole to add additional support
  • Meet with a FIT Specialist at Fleet Feet Sports – Fayetteville to make sure you are in the proper footwear
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises for the calf, shin and hamstring. One product that can help is Medi-Dyne prostretch
  • Massage therapy using a Pro-tec product

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