What is it?
Achilles Tendinitis is an inflammation of the tendon that attaches the calf muscles to the heel bone. Symptoms are typically a pain in the back of the heel where the tendon attaches to the heel bone, along the length of the tendon, or at the base of the calf where the muscles attach to the tendon.
Pain may be felt prior to activity or in the morning after you wake up, with a decrease in pain as the tendon warms up with use. Swelling is not normally found with this particular injury, but may be present in extreme cases. If untreated may develop into heel spurs.
What Causes It?
- Changes in running surfaces
- Overpronation of the foot and improperly supported arches
- Improper training techniques
- Overuse and overtraining
- Tight and/or weak thigh and calf muscles
How Do I Treat It?
- If caused by overpronation consider an insole such as Superfeet to add additional support
- Meet with a FIT Specialist at Fleet Feet Sports – Chicagoland to make sure you are in the proper footwear
- Stretching and strengthening exercises for the calf, shin and hamstring. One product that can help is the Prostretch
- Massage therapy using Triggerpoint or Addaday product
A Product That Helps Prevent Or Treat This Ailment
The dual interior pads allow the Achilles tendon to glide in alignment and maintain a smooth motion while the A-Strap located on the outside of the AT-1, while multiple adjustable Velcro fasteners, help push the foot down (Plantar Flexion) to reduce the tension on the Achilles tendon as heel strike occurs.
Find the Zamst AT-1 at any of our Fleet Feet Sports – Chicagoland locations.
If the pain persists you can sign up for one of our monthly Free Injury Screenings with a physical therapist from Athletico or go to our Medical Referral page to find a specialist to assist you in finding a solution to your problem.