Home Injuries

horizontal rule

Achilles Tendonitis

The Achilles tendon is a cord that connects the heel to the calf muscle. If either a short calf muscle or a heel that is too far away from the calf muscle pulls too much on the Achilles tendon, you'll feel a lot of pain. Dr. Murray Weisenfeld, in his book The Runner's Repair Manual, suggests using your thumb and forefinger to pinch along the Achilles tendon, starting at the heel and working up the back of your leg to the calf. If you feel swelling and/or pain, you have Achilles Tendonitis.

Runners with Achilles tendonitis need extra lift in the back of the shoe. Start with 1/4 inch heel lifts and work up to more thickness if necessary. Also, be sure your shoes are flexible at the ball of the foot.

Before and after you run, do a lot of wall pushups to stretch your calves. Do knee presses and foot on chair or table to stretch your hamstrings. Do squats to stretch your Achilles tendons. When you first get Achilles tendonitis, take a few days off from running until the pain subsides.

Go to http://www.achillestendon.com/default.asp for detailed information about Achilles tendonitis.

The information on this site is for informational purposes only; it does not constitute medical or physical therapy advice. For medical advice, consult a physician. For physical therapy advice, consult a physical therapist.

Home | Injuries | Preventing Injury | Tendonitis | Bursitis | Buttock Injury | Groin Pull | Heel Spurs | Plantar Fasciitis | Runner's Knee | Shin Splints | IT Band | Short Leg

horizontal rule

Google
Web http://runninginjuryfree.org


 

If you would like to receive occasional notices about changes and additions to this site, send an email to Allen Leigh at the address given below and request that you be added to the email list for the Running Injury Free site. I respect your privacy, and your address will be used only for occasional notices and will not be given to anyone. Put Running in the Subject so my spam program won't delete your email.

The information in this site and in my podcasts is for informational purposes only; it does not constitute medical or physical therapy advice. For medical advice, consult a physician. For physical therapy advice, consult a physical therapist.

Copyright Allen W. Leigh 2003, 2007
All Rights Reserved