What is Achilles Tendonitis?
Achilles Tendonitis is a condition of irritation and inflammation of the large tendon in the back of the ankle. Although it is the largest tendon in the body, it is also the weakest and most prone to injury.
If your calf muscles ache or your Achilles tendon feels swollen or tight, you may be suffering from the condition.
Achilles Tendonitis is an injury caused by overuse of the muscle and usually occurs in middle-aged, athletic people.
The most common cause is over-pronation. Over-pronation occurs in the walking process, when the arch collapses upon weight bearing, adding stress on the Achilles tendon.
Other factors that lead to Achilles Tendonitis are improper shoe selection, inadequate stretching prior to engaging in athletics, a short Achilles tendon, direct trauma (injury) to the tendon, and heel bone deformity.
Treatment and Prevention with Foot Solutions®
If you are suffering from Achilles Tendonitis, the specialists at Foot Solutions® can help. Come in for a free fitting and our qualified staff will advise on products to help relieve your Achilles tendonitis pain.
Bear in mind that Achilles Tendonitis injuries can worsen if they are not treated properly. Achilles Tendonitis injuries can be treated in a few different ways, depending on the severity of the injury.
- Proper foot support is crucial.
- Athletes, particularly runners, should incorporate a thorough stretching program to properly warm-up the muscles. They should decrease the distance of their walk or run, apply ice after the activity and avoid any uphill climbs. Athletes should use an orthotic device, heel cup, or heel cradle for extra support.
- If you are suffering from Achilles Tendonitis, excessive stretching could make the problem worse. Light stretches on the calf can also be helpful for the condition.
- A heel cup or heel cradle elevates the heel to reduce stress and pressure on the Achilles tendon. The device should be made with light-weight, shock absorbing materials. An orthotic device can be used to control over-pronation, support the longitudinal arch, and reduce stress on the Achilles tendon.
- Proper footwear such as Wellness Shoes which help you walk properly and correct your balance can also help treat Achilles Tendonitis symptoms.