"Achilles tendinitis is an overuse injury of the Achilles tendon. This often occurs in runners or other sports enthusiasts who engage in repetitive motion of the legs. It can happen from the sudden shifts in movement in those who play sports like tennis, or it can happen when a runner suddenly increases the intensity or duration of training. It usually begins with a tenderness in the calf or above the heel after exercise. It can become more painful with intense exertion (like hill running), and you might wake up with a stiffness in the back of the leg that improves with movement," says Nicole Freels, DPM.
|Dr. Nicole Freels
"It is important to note that Achilles tendinitis is preventable. While we may not be able to control the wear and tear on our bodies as we age (any long-term runner can attest to having at least one issue in their running careers!) or having flat feet, there are other choices that can prevent this condition. First, ease into your training plan. If you want to increase your mileage or intensity, do so slowly. Make sure to warm up properly before hitting it hard. Also, vary your terrain. If you are doing lots of hills, it may be a good idea to throw some flat runs in for variety. Lastly, stretch carefully before and after each run," says Dr. Freels.
Source: Kentucky Forward [1/23/18]
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
Brought to you by Doctor John A. Hardy, owner of Toronto's Foot Clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics.