Achilles Tendinitis

What is Achilles Tendinitis?

A condition caused by injury to the Achilles Tendon. Thought as the strongest tendon in the body, the Achilles tendon connects to the calf muscle beginning around the mid calf, to the posterior region of the heel bone. It plays a key role in rising up on one’s toes and pushing off the ground.

 Symptoms:

  • discomfort or swelling in the back of your heel
  • tight calf muscles
  • limited range of motion when flexing your foot
  • skin on your heel overly warm to the touch

 

Causes of Achilles Tendinitis

  • exercising without a proper warmup
  • straining the calf muscles during repeated exercise or physical activity
  • playing sports, such as tennis, that require quick stops and changes of direction
  • sudden increase in physical activity without allowing your body to adjust to increased training
  • wearing old or poorly fitting shoes
  • wearing high heels daily or for prolonged durations
  • having bone spurs in the back of your heels
  • being older, as the Achilles tendon weakens with age

 

How The Leg Tech can help:

Although Plantar Fasciitis and Achilles Tendinitis are not related, they are caused by some of the same workouts, so the same stretches to help relieve and heal are some of the same also. Achilles tendons stretches don’t actually stretch the tendon much, it is all about stretching the calf muscles which feed into the Achilles tendon.

Since the Achilles Tendon is connected to the calf muscle, a routine stretch of the calf and posterior leg can help prevent and heal the tear of the Achilles Tendinitis. Using The Leg Tech can help you get the stretch of the calf and Achilles tendon needed to help with the healing process of the Achilles Tendinitis.