Achilles Tendonitis

The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscle (gastrocnemius) and the soleus muscles of the lower leg to the heel. While tendons are strong, they are not particularly flexible, and thus can only be stretched so far before becoming inflamed, or even tearing/rupturing. Achilles tendonitis results from overuse of the Achilles tendon. Soreness or aching of the Achilles tendon is a sign that you need to reduce your activity level and rest your Achilles tendon immediately. Failure to adjust your activity level can result in the development of chronic tendonitis.

Treatment: Cut back/reduce your training your training/activity as soon as you notice pain/tenderness of the Achilles tendon. Cease speed training and hill running and gently stretch the calf muscule the muscle and tendon are still warm. Do not stretch excessively, as this can aggravate the problem.

Calf strengthening exercises, such as toe raises, can reduce the stress on the Achilles tendon (weak/fatigued calf muscles are shorter/tighter). Wall stretching can also help. As long as you adjust your activity level accordingly, it may not be necessary to completely stop. Consider cross-training.

In the case of a severe injury, seek the opinion of a trained medical professional.
Alphabetical Index:

  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Concussion
  • Dislocated Shoulder
  • Golfer’s Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis, Little League Elbow)
  • Groin Pull, Strain, or Tear
  • Hamstring Pull, Strain, or Tear
  • Separated Shoulder
  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)

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    » Runner’s Knee (Chondromalacia Patellae)
    » Shin Splints
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