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Sore Achilles Heel Treatment
The Achilles tendon attaches the heel bone to the calf muscles and allows the foot to flex, making it possible to do activities like climbing stairs, and pushing off while walking, running, and jumping. Unfortunately, an Achilles tendon injury can occur in a snap without any warning, and rehabilitation treatment is in most cases very lengthy. Dr. Matt Ahmadi, is a leading Orange County podiatrist and treats all forms of foot and ankle problems, including Sore Achilles Heels.
An Achilles tendon injury can affect both professional and amateur athletes. The Achilles tendon is one of the longer tendons in your body, stretching from the bones of your heel to your calf muscles. You can feel it — a springy band of tissue at the back of your ankle and above your heel. It allows you to extend your foot and point your toes to the floor.
Unfortunately, it’s a commonly injured tendon. Many Achilles tendon injuries are caused by tendinitis, in which the tendon becomes swollen and painful. In a severe Achilles tendon injury, too much force on the tendon can cause it to tear partially or rupture completely.
Achilles Tendonitis Causes
Achilles tendonitis is a chronic injury that occurs primarily from overuse. It tends to come on gradually over time until the pain is constant and exercise or activity too painful to continue. The biggest cause of chronic Achilles tendonitis is ignoring early warning signs and pushing through the pain. If the Achilles’ tendon is sore or aches, you need to pay attention and rest it immediately.
Another major contributor to the development of Achilles tendonitis is a lack of flexibility in the calf muscles, which cause the muscle to shorten which creates more tension in the tendon. Overuse can also contribute to Achilles tendonitis as can a sudden increase in training mileage, hill running or a lot of speed work. The Achilles’ tendon has a limited blood supply, which makes this injury slow to heal. Early recognition of any tension, aches or tenderness is the most important aspect of treating tendon injuries.
Achilles Tendonitis Treatment
At the first sign of Achilles tendon pain, cut back and reduce your training. Stop speed training and hill running, and begin gentle calf stretching after exercise when the muscle and tendon are still warm and flexible. Post-exercise ice may also help. Be careful to avoid excessive stretching that could aggravate the problem. Strengthening the calf muscle can help reduce the stress on the Achilles’ tendon. Toe raises, and balancing on your toes, and wall stretching are useful exercises.
It is not necessary to stop activity completely (you may consider cross training) as long as you pay attention to muscle soreness and reduce activity accordingly.
Dr. Ahmadi performs the latest techniques and procedures available today in the foot care industry. He treats any foot problems in children and adults. Call Dr. Ahmadi now at (949) 276-8900 for quality orthotics and foot pain relief. You can reach us anytime, seven days a week.