Achilles Tendonitis

Achilles Tendonitis

What is it?

Inflammation of the attachment of the calf muscles on the calcaneus.

Causes:

Overpronation, improper training techniques, or changes in running surfaces.

Symptoms:

Pain and tenderness at the attachment site at the heel. Pre-activity pain and morning stiffness with a decrease in symptoms as the tendon warms up. May develop into a heel spur if chronic.

Solutions:

  • If caused by overpronation, consider a stability or motion control shoe/insert
  • 1-2 week heel lift
  • Calf stetches
  • Icing
  • Massage of tendon

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