After an extended break in regular training over the holiday period and a sudden return to sports our Podiatrists always see an increase in achilles tendon and calf muscle complaints.
Do you want to avoid becoming another injury statistic?
Here is our top 5 preventative tips to prevent Achilles Tendinopathy!
What is Achilles Tendinopathy?
An overstrain injury of the thick Achilles tendon, which connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. Similar to a rope fraying, the Achilles tendon can tear or rupture if load rapidly or continuously exceeds capacity.
Symptoms can vary but may include:
- Heel pain
- Achilles tenderness or burning
- Pain aggravated by running/sports
Who is at risk:
Achilles pain can affect everyone but is most common in runners, those returning to sport after an extended break and middle-aged people who play sports only on the weekends.
How to prevent Achilles tendon and calf muscle pain…
- Structured pre-season training to ensure readiness to play.
- Warming up before training & sport sessions.
- Stretching after training & sport sessions.
- Wearing appropriate footwear that is well fitted and provides adequate support and traction for the playing surface.
- Staying hydrated before, during and after play.
Sometimes with regular training and prevention injury may still occur…. If you suspect achilles tendon or calf muscle injury you should see your Podiatrist for assessment and rehabilitation before returning to activity.
For more information or to book an appointment with our experienced Podiatrists phone 02 5926 3806.