The Achilles Tendon is the thickest tendon of the human body, and the most crucial for facilitating mobility. It is situated at the back of the leg, and connects the calf muscles with the heel bone. Particularly in the case of athletes and marathon runners who have to train for extremely long durations, the Achilles Tendon often tends to get inflamed or swollen. This is characterized by intense pain in the back of the heel, and is known as Achilles Tendonitis.
Why Achilles Tendonitis is so common with runners?
The reason why Achilles Tendonitis is so common with runners, is because runners tend to overuse their feet while intensive training, and therefore are much more prone to foot injuries and heel spurs in particular. Especially in cases where lunging and jumping is involved, the chances of a partial tear or inflammation developing in this tendon are fairly high. This is exactly why Achilles Tendonitis is also referred to as an ‘overuse injury’, and consider the strategic location and nature of the Achilles Tendon, a spur, inflammation or tear once developed, takes a lot of time to get fully cured.
What are the various Treatment Options?
As we’ve just spoken about, Achilles Tendonitis is a condition that takes a fair amount of time to get completely cured, and the various treatment options are centred on the controlling of excess pronation. While medication and external cold treatment might provide temporary relief, the permanent cure involves putting less pressure on the tendon so that it is able to heal faster. But considering the pivotal location of the Achilles Tendon, it is easier said than done. This is exactly why the Podiatrists at Footlogics have devised clinically-validated and ergonomic heel lifts. These heel lifts will be custom-made by the highly proficient Footlogics Team, based on your foot specifications, and the same can be placed in your shoes to provide adequate support, and reduce the tension on the tendon. So while you can use ice packs and refrain from movement, the use of the right heel lifts are crucial in treating Achilles Tendonitis more efficiently.
How this condition can be prevented?
While the achilles rupture is found to be more common in athlete and runners, it also affects people from other walks of life. But what’s noteworthy is that with a little understanding and precaution, one can avoid this painful heel spur from manifesting in your foot. Based on various research studies, it has been observed that the elasticity of the Achilles Tendon decreases with age; so the older you are, the more susceptible you become to this condition, and the longer it takes for you to get cured. Also, this natural, age-wise decrease in flexibility can be averted by regular physical activity, which will automatically increase the elasticity of your tendon. Moreover, wearing the correct footwear and using heel lifts (particularly when you’re involved in strenuous physical activity involving your feet), make for some effective precautionary measures to avoid the condition of Achilles Tendonitis.
Footactive comes to the rescue!
Footactive is Australia’s premier maker of podiatrist-certified and customized orthotic insoles and heel lifts, for various foot ailments right from Achilles Tendonitis to Plantar Fasciitis. The fundamental principle behind orthotic insole and heel lifts, is to ensure that the distribution of load on your foot is even, so that no one part is under excessive strain. Especially in the case of Achilles Tendonitis, where the location of the heel tendon is so strategic to the smooth working of the entire foot, it is strongly recommended that runners, athletes and anybody else whose daily physical activity exerts a lot of pressure on the heel, should wear these professionally-made heel lifts, more as a precautionary measure, and less as a curative measure. Footactive is renowned for its world-class orthotic insoles across the world, and caters to the diverse requirements of a wide range of clientele.
Exercises to Prevent Achilles Tendonitis
In addition to wearing the right, prescribed and correctly-measured orthotic insoles or heel lifts, it is also important to note that exercises help prevent the rupturing or inflammation of the Achilles Tendon. As is the case with any other part of the body, exercises helps in increasing the flexibility of the tendon, and makes it much more resistant to wear and tear. The seated calf-stretch and the standing calf-stretch for instance, are categorically meant to strengthen the calf muscles, which are strategically connected to the Achilles Tendon, while the side-lying leg lift, towel stretch, step up and balance and reach exercises are meant to improve the overall coordination and flexibility of your feet.