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Do You Suffer From Heel Pain?

A brief conversation recently with a sportsperson regarding an Achilles problem, a number of suggestions put forward about treating it, each suggestion met with less enthusiasm than the previous one - This conversation really got me thinking.

Make time for your wellness or make more time for your illness down the line, the same theory applies to an injury, make time to look after the little niggles or make more time to look after a long term injury.

The Achilles tendon is a strong tendon that connects the calf muscles (gastrocnemius and soleus) to the heel bone.

Achilles tendonitis is an overuse injury, it can become chronic if not treated correctly.

Some symptoms include:

  • Pain in the back of your leg just above the heel

  • Pain in mornings or after period of rest

  • Pain decreases as you warm up only to return later

  • Pressing of the Achilles from the sides feels very tender

  • Small lump on the Achilles tendon

  • Walking uphill/upstairs painful

  • Pain when running or jumping

Chronic cases develop over time, this does not prevent activity but niggles away.

Some causes include:

  • Overuse

  • Degeneration

  • Tight calf muscles

  • Flat feet

  • Poor Footwear or recent change in footwear

  • Uphill treadmill running

In the acute stage-rest, ice, compression, elevation (when icing).

Heat better for chronic cases.

Returning to sport:

  • Deep tissue massage

  • Flexibility and strength exercises for the Achilles tendon and calf muscles

Sample of an Achilles tendon

taped with kinesiology tape,

more to come on kinesiology

taping in our next blog,

till next time folks happy training!

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