How to Avoid an Achilles Tendon Injury

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that attaches the calf muscle to the heel bone. The tendon's position in the body puts it under a lot of strain, especially during exercise. Your Achilles tendon has a tendency to become injured easily. This article will tell you how to avoid an Achilles tendon injury.

Steps

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    Keep your weight at a healthy level. Extra weight adds stress to the Achilles tendons and can contribute to serious injuries.
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    Wear properly fitted shoes with adequate heel cushioning. You might need to consult with a podiatrist if you have fallen arches to find the right inserts.
    • People with heel or arch problems are more prone to have Achilles tendon damage.
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    Stretch your Achilles tendons and other leg muscles properly before exercising. This can prevent overstretching of the tendon that can lead to inflammation and other problems.
    • It is also recommended that you do Achilles stretches after being on your feet for a long time, like after a shift at work or walking for several hours.
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    Alternate your routine between high impact exercises like running or jumping with lower impact exercise such as walking or swimming.
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    Stop your activity if you notice any pain in your Achilles tendons and the surrounding area. Rest your legs and cut back on your routine if needed.
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    Switch to other activities if an exercise causes continual Achilles pain.

Tips

  • Ask your athletic trainer or doctor about the type of stretches that are right for you.

Warnings

  • Consult your doctor right away if you feel any popping or serious pain in your tendons.


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Categories: Injury and Accidents