Tips for Preventing an Achilles Tendon Rupture
Many things in life have limits – a certain point at which it can break or simply give out. You can only stretch an elastic band so far before it will snap. A battery or light bulb only works so long before it gives out, and your body can only be pushed so far for so long before something reacts to the pressure. Your Achilles tendon is one area that is vulnerable to strain and has its limits—too much stress can lead to a full rupture.
Overuse or a sudden increase in frequency or intensity of activity, are usually what lead to Achilles injuries. Weekend warriors or athletes in sports with a lot of sudden bursts of running, pivoting, starts and stops, and jumping are especially at risk. In the beginning you may experience tendonitis, which is an inflammation of the tendon. If the stress continues, the injury could develop into tendonosis, which is when the tendon starts to break down and tiny tears occur in the tissue. Further breakdown and pressure on the tendon can then result in a full rupture where it completely tears.
This is a painful injury that immediately affects your mobility. It also requires a great deal of rehabilitation. There are precautions, however, that you can take to avoid it. Take note of these simple prevention tips, especially if you are really active.
Avoid Achilles problems by stretching and strengthening your calf muscles, gradually increasing your activities or training slowly, and alternating high impact sports with low impact options. Do not boost your activity level by more than ten percent each week, and if you like to run, break up days with swimming or cycling to give your Achilles a rest. The proper shoes are also key in protecting your feet and lower extremities, and you should avoid activities that take place on really hard or slippery surfaces, too.
If any kind of Achilles pain is becoming a problem when you are active, allow Dallas Podiatry Works to get to the bottom of it. The right treatment at the start can prevent a serious injury. Contact Dr. Joel W. Brook and David R. Northcutt in Dallas, TX at (972) 566-7474, or in Plano, TX at (972) 943-3323.
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