Achilles Tendinitis

Achilles Tendinitis

Definition

Inflammation of the Achilles tendon (tendon connecting the two major calf muscles- the gastrocnemius and soleus-to the heel bone).

Causes

Tight or fatigued calf muscles may put excess stress on the Achilles tendon, causing fraying, tearing or inflammation of the tendon. Overpronation, excessive hill running, or simply overtraining may contribute to Achilles tendinitis.

Symptoms

Inflammation, tenderness or stiffness on the back of the Achilles tendon and above your heel limiting ankle flexibility.

Treatment

R.I.C.E. – Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. Reduce activity to promote healing. Avoid downhill and hard surface running. Apply Ice for 10-15 minutes after each workout to reduce inflammation and pain. (If any skin irritation or adverse reaction occurs due to icing, see your medical doctor). Seek professional advice in stretching (Heel, Calf) the calf muscles. See a medical professional for recommended rehabilitation programs and scar tissue reducing massages. Click for Heel and Calf Stretches