How Likely Are You to Experience an Achilles Tendon Injury?

Behind ankle sprains and plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis is ranked third as the most common complaint among athletes. Achilles tendon tears and ruptures are also becoming more frequent among athletes, weekend warriors and the elderly. The Achilles tendon is one of the longest tendons in the body, it attaches to the calf muscles and extends down to the heel bone, it is used for almost all physical activity. Achilles tendonitis, tears, ruptures and other Achilles-related injuries can be caused by several different factors.

  • Sports-related movements: The Achilles tendon can hold almost 12.5 times an individuals body weight while running.  Jumping, running, and pivoting all put stress on your Achilles tendon. These repetitive high impact movements create overuse in the tendon, causing it to weaken.
  • Muscle tightness: Not being properly warmed up increases the chance of Achilles tendon injuries. Tight calf muscles can put excess stress on the tendon.
  • Pronation: Overpronation (the inward turn of the feet) when running or walking can also lead to Achilles-related injuries. Overpronation causes your arches to collapse adding stress to the Achilles tendon and surrounding muscles. 
  • Change in training: Achilles tendon injuries often occur with weekend warriors because the calf muscles are too weak to support the Achilles tendon. Jumping into a high intensity activity without proper training can increase the likelihood of injury.
  • Age: The elderly are often susceptible to Achilles related injuries due to reduced blood supply to the area and overall weakening of years of use. 

Here are our quick tips to reduce the chance of an Achilles tendon injury:

  1. Maintain good lower extremity and calf flexibility, stretch regularly
  2. Progress gradually into exercise or an activity, too much too soon could lead to injury
  3. Wear the proper shoe wear (link to gait analysis blog) for your foot type especially during exercise or athletics
  4. Warm up before activity and cool down after activity including post workout stretching

 

The medical information on this site is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for diagnostic or treatment purposes. This information should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment. 
Please consult your health care provider, or contact Viverant for an appointment before making any healthcare decisions or for guidance about a specific medical condition. Viverant shall have no liability, for any damages, loss, injury, or liability whatsoever suffered as a result of your reliance on the information contained in this site.

Posted by vivadmin at 10/26/2016 7:13:00 PM
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