Are Your Achilles Tendons Sore?

Are your Achilles Tendons Sore?

If your achlles tendons are sore, you might be suffering from achilles tendinitis.

The achilles tendon is the largest tendon in our body and connect your calf muscles to your heel bone.

It is a very large and strong tendon and can therefore withstand great stresses from running and jumping.

However, achilles tendinitis is also a very common injury in runners who have suddenly increased the intensity or duration of their runs.

Flat feet and/or pronation, wearing high heels or flat feet are also common causes for the injury. 

Pain associated with achilles tendinitis is characterized as dull or sharp, anywhere along to back of the tendon, but usually close to the heel.

Sometimes one might feel a nodule (lump) that can be felt on the tendon or heat over the painful area. 

Prevention and treatment

1. Rest
Our first piece of advice is probably not going to be our most popular one: if you start experiencing Achilles pain, stop any sports activity (except swimming). Ice and massage may help

2. Stretch
Also make sure that you stretch your calf muscles, both of them (Soleus and Gastrocnemeus)

3. Scan the Feet
If you have flat feet or are pronating your feet when walking, custom made insoles may help. Our clinic uses state of the art scanning equipment to check for flat feet and if indicated, we can provide custom orthotics as well. 

4. Get Adjusted

When the alignment in your pelvis is off, this imbalance can effect your entire leg. Ensuring your body is in the proper balance can alievate tension in your leg muscles and reduce Achilles pain. 

If you would like to know if we can help you, please do not hesitate to call us at  303-776-6767 and find out how we can help!