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At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we fully expect to start seeing more cases of Achilles tendonitis once the “get fit” New Year’s resolutions kick into high gear. Although becoming physically fit is an excellent goal, too many of our Hartford and Middlesex county patients can be overzealous in their approach, which often results in lower extremity pain and injury.
The Achilles tendon is a long band of tissue that stretches down the back of your lower leg, connecting your calf muscle to your heel bone. While this is a very strong tendon, overuse can cause it to become inflamed and even to suffer damage in the form of micro-tears.
Below are five steps to take to prevent Achilles tendonitis:
Don’t overdo it when starting a new exercise routine. The most common cause of injury to the Achilles tendon is a sudden increase in physical activity after an extended period of inactivity. Once the resolution to get in shape has been made, many times people get carried away with their enthusiasm and a “more is better” approach is adopted. The better course is to start out slowly and gradually, over a period of weeks, work up to a higher intensity workout of longer duration.
- Stretch it out. Whatever sport or activity you choose, start by warming up your muscles with some light movements and then stretch your calf muscles before going fully into your routine.
- Wear the right shoes. Choose footwear that is specifically designed for the activity you are doing. Patients who overpronate are more likely to aggravate their Achilles tendon. Talk to our podiatrists, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M., Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M. and Raffaella R. Pascarella, D.P.M., for shoe recommendations if you overpronate.
- Choose a sound fitness program. Hill running, stair climbing and rapidly pushing off or increasing speed when running are all activities that can inflame the Achilles tendon. Be sure that these types of activities are done in moderation if they are part of your workout plan.
- Get pain evaluated promptly. If at any time during your workout your Achilles tendon starts to hurt, stop and rest. If the pain persists after your workout, contact one of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices for an appointment to determine if there is inflammation or injury.
A study that consisted of twelve participants was heldat the University of Central Lancashire. Dr. Jonathan Sinclair, who led the study, found wearing that orthotic insoles could lessen the chances of sustaining an Achilles tendon injury.
Dr. Sinclair’s participants, all of them adult males, ran on a mat that was equipped with special sensors. These sensors were able to measure the biomechanics of the participants’ feet. While wearing the insoles, the pressure placed on the participants’ Achilles tendons were much less compared to those not wearing insoles. Sinclair believes this could be that certain running shoes already having cushion around the midsole.
Achilles tendon injuries can be very painful. If you are suffering from an Achilles tendon injury, consult with one of our podiatrists at Connecticut Foot Care Centers. Our podiatrists can attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.
What is the Achilles Tendon?
The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body, and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can cause severe difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.
What are the symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?
There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.
Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms
- Dull to Severe Pain
- Increased blood flow to the tendon
- Thickening of the tendon
- Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
- Total immobility
Treatment and Prevention
Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation. Often the doctor will order an MRI to confirm the diagnosis. Treatment will involve rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries.
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