Achilles Tendonitis FAQs
How do I know if I have Achilles tendonitis?
Experiencing uncomfortable pain and swelling in the back of your heel that worsens when walking is a symptom of Achilles tendonitis. Sufferers also notice tight calf muscles, a limited range of motion when you flex your foot and the affected area becomes warm to touch.
What causes Achilles tendonitis?
Achilles tendonitis is caused by a strain condition caused by overuse and overextension of the Achilles tendons, commonly experienced by athletes. Achilles tendonitis is also subject to worsen over time due to repeated strain even after the area has been weakened.
Why does Achilles tendonitis hurt?
Achilles tendonitis is Latin for 'inflammation of the Achilles tendon'. Inflammation of the Achilles tendons can be extremely painful because they are the longest tendons in the body, connecting the calf muscles to the heel bone.
Can you train/play sports with Achilles tendonitis?
It is highly recommended to avoid jumping, running or similar activities that increase strain to the Achilles tendons. Athletes that are unwilling or unable to change their training plan should consider Sports insoles to provide necessary support.
What can I do to help Achilles tendonitis?
As the condition can worsen with constant strain, it is strongly advised to rest the Achilles tendons. There are also some easy-to-do exercises that can be completed with limited or no apparatus. Other treatments include the use of supportive insoles and compression socks.
What stretches help with Achilles tendonitis?
Simple toe stretches, with your foot pointing at a 45-degree angle upwards (with your heel on the floor) will help strengthen the area. Floor stretches and plantar fascia stretches are also effective Achilles tendonitis treatments.
Can insoles help with Achilles tendonitis?
Sports insoles can provide extra support to the arches of the foot and cushioning to the heel. This lowers the risk of over-pronation and reduces impact to the heel. Therefore, lowering the amount of strain on the Achilles tendons. Sports insoles are also great at preventing Achilles tendonitis in the first place.
Can compression socks help Achilles tendonitis?
Compression socks will not cure Achilles tendonitis, but the supportive pressure being applied to the back of the heel can alleviate painful symptoms and help with the recovery process.
What happens if Achilles tendonitis goes untreated?
Ignoring Achilles tendonitis could lead to a rupture of the tendon. This is most likely to happen when continuing to apply stress on the tendons after Achilles tendonitis occurs.
How long does Achilles tendonitis last for?
Unfortunately, there is no definitive answer to this question. Recovery time can be reduced if treated correctly, but for most people it can take around 12 weeks for pain and movement to go back to normal.