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Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen 5 Ways to Avoid Achilles Tendonitis | NJ | Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists |

Christopher J. Mullin, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Jessica A. Addeo, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Katy Statler, D.P.M.
Valerie Gregory, MSPT

Podiatric Medicine

20 Cambridge Drive, Suite D
Aberdeen, NJ 07747
[email protected]
Phone: 732-566-2841

5 Ways to Avoid Achilles Tendonitis
 
Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen 5 Ways to Avoid Achilles Tendonitis | NJ | Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists |

Your Achilles tendon is the longest and strongest tendon in your body. It’s also the one most susceptible to injury. At Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists we see Achilles tendonitis in both experienced athletes and those just starting a new fitness program.

Symptoms

Achilles tendonitis is an inflammation of the tendon. Signs that you have tendonitis include:

  • Pain in the tendon which can range from soreness or a dull ache to severe and stabbing
  • Stiffness in the back of your lower leg—especially first thing in the morning
  • Swelling in the tendon area
  • Tenderness
  • Pain may go away with movement but gets worse with physical exertion

 

Prevention

Achilles tendonitis is an overuse injury that stems from repetitive strain on the back of the lower part of your leg. You can minimize your risk by following these tips:

  1. If you are starting a new exercise program, start off gradually. Even if you have been walking, running or participating in another fitness activity for a while, do not suddenly increase the intensity or duration of your workout. This is one of the primary causes of Achilles tendonitis.
  2. Do stair climbing or hill running in moderation with plenty of rest between sessions.
  3. Be aware if pain in the tendon comes on suddenly. A trauma to the Achilles tendon caused by a big strain, such as taking off for a sprint, can cause injury.
  4. Always stretch before and after exercise—tight calf muscles increase the risk of Achilles tendonitis.
  5. Wear appropriate footwear for the activity you are participating in. People with flatfeet and the tendency to overpronate are more likely to injure the Achilles tendon. If you are in this category, our board certified podiatrists Dr. Christopher J. Mullin, Dr. Jessica A. Addeo and Dr. Rajan Patel, may recommend an orthotic device to be worn in your sports shoes to help correct for this condition.

The most successful and least invasive treatments for Achilles tendonitis are usually possible when the condition is caught in its earliest stages. Continuing to exercise with pain in the tendon can lead to serious damage or injury. Contact our Aberdeen office for an appointment by calling 732-566-2841 if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms.

 
 
 
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