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Symptoms & Preventive Measures

of Achilles Tendinitis in Runners


Tendinitis in the Achilles tendon is the third most common injury among runners with an incidence around 12% or 13% of all those the practitioners of this sports. Almost four out of five runners have suffered or will suffer from this issue. When tendinitis occurs, it causes pain when trying to run, walk or hop on the insertion linking the soleus and the twin with the hind foot (calcaneus) and it interferes with the normal life of the runner. If it is not treated early, it can become chronic and very difficult to cure.

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Symptoms of Achilles Tendinitis

Achilles tendon is the strongest part of the body and its proper functioning is essential in everyday life, so any pain or mild discomfort should be consulted with the doctor on immediate basis. If you begin to feel any of these symptoms, it is likely that you have tendinitis;

• Pain and stiffness just above the heel, sometimes relieved by heating and reappears around an hour after training.

• The tendon hurts while walking, especially when getting up in the morning.

• There is swelling about two centimeters above the tendon insertion into the calcaneus, the heel bone.

• There is acute pain after making an explosive effort or receiving an impact on the tendon, which may indicate a partial tear of the tendon.

How does Achilles Tendinitis Appear?

The reasons for the appearance of this tendonitis are as follows;

• Start running from scratch or after a season without training and without doing anything progressively and smoothly.

• Training with inappropriate footwear or running with bad running technique.

• Training on hard surfaces such as asphalt or concrete.

• You have high intensity workouts such as a set of speed or jumps without adequate strength in the muscles, proper warm-up or breaks; if you do not respect this type of training, it is potentially harmful to the Achilles tendon. 

• The runners with a very marked pronation, flat feet or a footprint unbalanced

• Shock or direct pressure on the tendon.

Prevention of Tendinitis in the Achilles Tendon

Although it is a very common injury, it is possible to reduce the risk.

• Progressive warm-up before training is much more important in intensive efforts as slopes and jumps with speed.

• Stretching before and especially after running.

• Strengthening soleus muscles, knees and muscles of core and abdominal help improve avoid the potential rick.

• Use appropriate footwear according to the type of foot or have them custom made.

• Always run with proper running techniques.

• The flexibility of legs and especially calf is one of the best preventive factors.

I suggest you to visit the homepage of Running Tips Club and get many moretips and preventive measures about running.

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