FACTS ON ACHILLES TENDINITIS
The Achilles Tendon, the largest and strongest tendon in the body is a tough band of fibrous tissues that connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. When the calf muscles contract, the Achilles tendon pulls on the heel. This movement allows us to stand on our toes when walking, running or jumping. However it is vulnerable to injury due to the high stress and tensions placed on it.
- An inflammation of the Achilles tendon can lead to degeneration.
- The pain caused by this condition can develop gradually and can present as a shooting pain or a burning pain
- It should not be left untreated due to the danger that the tendon can degenerate to become weak and may rupture
- This condition is aggravated by activities that repeatedly stress the tendon.
- This is a common problem experienced by athletes or active people.
- Individuals who suffer from this often state that their pain lessons with activity as the Achilles tendon warms up and stretches.
There are several factors that can cause Achilles tendinitis. The most common cause is overpronation/flatfeet. Overpronation occurs while walking when the arch collapses adding stress to the tendon. Other causes include:
- improper shoes selection
- inadequate stretching prior to activity
- a tight Achilles tendon
- an old injury
HOW TO TREAT ACHILLES TENDINITIS
- Athletes specially runners should stretch their muscles properly before the run. They should gradually increase the distance of their walk or run, should apply ice after the activity and avoid any uphill activity as this adds pressure and can increase inflammation.
- Achilles tendinitis can be treated by using CuraFoot Heel Protectors which decrease friction between the heel and footwear
- We also recommend CuraFoot’s proprietary Arch Support insoles. The insoles correct foot pronation and elevates the heel reducing stress and pressure on the tendon.
However all this will not correct the existing deformity but decrease the rate of further progression. Even after these if the deformity continues to increase and grow, surgery may be needed.