Achilles Tendonitis: Flare Ups and Prevention
Any professional sports team understands the impact that injuries can have on the team. The Dallas Cowboys have experienced this firsthand as one of their top young defensive linemen, Tyrone Crawford, has been sidelined with a torn Achilles tendon.
While a torn Achilles can take a player out, tendonitis can equally plague an athlete. This is a common sports injury and cause significant discomfort to a professional or amateur athlete. The Achilles stretches from your heel to your calf muscles and can become inflamed, swollen and painful when under too much stress. Achilles tendonitis can occur if you are involved in activities with a lot of running and jumping. Athletes in football, baseball, gymnastics, tennis and soccer are particularly at risk, but you should be in tune to this overuse injury if you are a run on a regular basis, too.
If you have experienced tenderness in this area before, a flare up can occur with a sudden increase in the duration or intensity of your training or exercise. Inadequate stretching, overpronation from having flat feet, and even regularly wearing high heels can increase your risk for Achilles tendonitis. Prevention of Achilles injuries involves warming up before and stretching after exercise, monitoring your amount of uphill running, increasing your activity level gradually, and wearing supportive shoes that fit your feet well.
At the first sign of symptoms, your best plan of action is to contact Dallas Podiatry Works so we can pinpoint why you have pain and fix it before it gets worse. Call Drs. Joel W. Brook and David R. Northcutt at our office in Dallas, TX at (972) 566-7474 or in Plano, TX at (972) 943-3323.
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