Injury to your Achilles' tendon can be quite unpleasant. Knowing and trusting your Podiatrist can alleviate that pain and concern.
Over the past few weeks the weather has been perfect for an afternoon run, and as the weather gets cooler the more runners you’ll see, maybe you’re a runner yourself. Athletes are at a high risk for developing disorders of the Achilles' tendon; this is due to the combination of repetitive activity and pressure to your calf muscle group. It’s important to know how your Mount Dora Podiatrist can help to educate you. Today I’m sharing the symptoms of this, and what you can do to prevent it from happening to you.
Achilles Tendonitis is an inflammation of the Achilles' tendon. This inflammation can cause the muscle to lose its structure and is likely to rupture if not taken care of immediately. Several symptoms of Achilles tendonitis may include:
Stiffness, pain and tenderness within the tendon. Pain may occur as you rise in the morning or have a period of rest in the day.
Pain when the Achilles' tendon is squeezed or pressure is applied.
If the disorder progresses, the tendon may become enlarged and develop nodules in the area where tissue is damaged.
It’s important to notice the symptoms and signs in your Achilles' tendon early so you can have it taken care of immediately by your Podiatrist. There are several ways this can be taken care of that may include:
Having padding placed directly to the area to reduce the amount of work the Achilles tendon will do.
Placing an ice pack for 20-minutes daily to reduce any swelling or inflammation.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen.
Physical Therapy can strengthen the soft tissue and help mobilize it.
But before making your decision, it’s best to speak with your Podiatrist for their opinion and their recommendations.
While it may not be possible to prevent your Achilles tendon from being injured there are daily exercises you can do to reduce the risk from it happening to you. The activities include:
Increase level of activity gradually.
Take is easy and avoid an excessive amount of stress to your tendons.
Wear the proper shoes for exercise. Your heel should have a firm arch support to reduce tension on the Achilles' tendon.
Stretch daily in the morning and afternoon and always before and after exercises.
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