With perfect weather finally here, Southwest Florida residents and winter visitors are happy to be outside taking advantage of cooler temperatures by going for a run or playing tennis. But a few precautions are in order to avoid injuring the Achilles tendon.
The Achilles tendon connects the two large muscles at the back of the calf to the heel of the foot. Its most commonly injured during sports activities, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.
Runners are particularly prone to Achilles tendon injuries, especially if they over train or pick up speed and intensity too quickly. But you might be surprised to find that wearing high heels can also contribute to Achilles tendon-related complaints. Wearing high heels frequently puts stress on the tendon.
Prevention is the best way to avoid an injury to the Achilles tendon. Be sure to do regular exercises that stretch and strengthen the leg muscles and tendons. Wear good quality athletic shoes that fit well during sports activities. Avoid running uphill and dont take on too much training too quickly Also remember, it’s never a good idea to exercise through pain.
If you do sustain an injury to your Achilles tendon, in most cases, it will heal with a little nonsurgical intervention rest and elevate the ankle; apply ice packs and take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. But, if the pain and swelling are severe, or the tenderness persists, call the doctor as you could have a tear, which may require more intensive treatment, ranging from immobilization and rehabilitation to outpatient surgery.
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