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Top Running Injury No. 1: Achilles Tendonitis

Achilles Tendonitis

This is the first in a 10-part series outlining some of the most common injuries suffered by runners.

Achilles tendonitis is a very painful condition caused by overuse of the lower leg muscles and tendons in the area where they attach to the heel bone. It causes pain at the back of the ankle, and can eventually result in small tears that can lead to long-term weakening of muscles. Eventually, the tendon can tear, resulting in a debilitating injury that requires surgery. Medi-Dyne wants you to be informed as to how this condition takes place and what you can do to treat it.

Causes

While there are many risk factors that can lead to the development of Achilles tendonitis, the two most common causes include over-pronation and a lack of flexibility. It can occur due to a single instance of over-stress, or it can build up over time due to several different instances of overuse. Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • The tendon hurting when you touch it or move
  • Difficulty standing on a single toe
  • Swelling or warmth in the area of the tendon and heel
  • Morning stiffness and pain
  • Tendon and heel pain when running or walking

2Steps to Pain Free Running

Complete Achilles Solution-500x500You can go into your favorite sports retailer and enter the Medi-Dyne 2Steps Pain Free Zone to get the relief you are looking for and find information on Achilles tendonitis or any other issues that are causing you discomfort. Regarding Achilles tendonitis, we carry products such as the Cho-Pat Achilles Tendon Strap, which reduces stress and promotes relief, and the ProStretch Plus, which aids in increasing flexibility. Learn more about these products by visiting our e-store or by calling us at 800-810-1740.