Friday, October 15, 2010

ACHILLES TENDONITIS - Prevention & Treatment

The calf muscle is attached to the heel bone by one of the strongest tendons in the body, the Achilles Tendon. The Achilles Tendon works very hard as we step, run or participate in strenuous activities such as is required in most athletic activities.

When this tendon is overworked, it can become sore, swollen and inflamed. This soreness can escalate to where the condition continues constantly. Achilles Tendonitis can be related to continued activities that place unusual stress on the Achilles Tendon. Activities such as walking, running, hiking or participation in sporting activities before the tendon can adapt to develop a tolerance through the development of strength, endurance and flexibility can lead to Achilles Tendonitis.

The injury is common among runners/joggers and people who participate in other sporting activities; especially, those that require running such as tennis and basketball. Achilles Tendonitis also frequently affects women who regularly wear high heel schools and then switch to flats. The Achilles is not used to the additional stretch and becomes inflamed.

Soreness can occur at any point in the tendon but usually occurs at the point where the tendon connects to the heel bone. Shoes that rub on the back of the heel can irritate the tendon. A callus can develop on the back of the heel from this irritation, a condition referred to as heel bump or pump bump. Then, the only means of relief is to remove the source of the irritation, the shoes.

Achilles Tendonitis is easily treated. Wear shoes that fit properly so that they do not have too much motion with each step. Also rest, ice packs to reduce swelling and inflammation, and if necessary, elevate the effected area to help reduce swelling. If the condition is painful, over the counter medication such as ibuprofen can be taken. People who are a high risk due to their activities should be sure to stretch adequately before performing athletic activities.

Achilles Tendonitis can be a serious condition and should be treated immediately. Prolonged and unattended to inflammation can bring on a chronic problem and allow scar tissue to develop which will decrease flexibility and increase the chance of a tear or rupture.Wearing good quality Orthotic Arch Support Insoles with a deep heel cup may eliminate some of the excessive motion which irritates the heel and tendon.

Several brands of Orthotic Insoles are available at reasonable prices. Be sure to check the manufacturer’s reputation, length and type of guarantee, the number and type of styles available and if the Insoles are accepted by Podiatrist and other foot care specialists.

Spenco brand Insoles all carry a one year unconditional guarantee, have received the prestigious Seal of Acceptance from the American Podiatric Medical Association, and are available in a large selection of styles and sizes.

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