The Achilles tendon connects your foot to your calf muscle and attaches at the heel. The tendon can become stretched and even torn or completely broken from stressful work activities, sports, and exercise. If you notice pain in your heel, it is best to stop what you are doing and evaluate the situation so you don’t make the problem worse and end up needing surgery.
3 causes or contributing factors for developing Achilles tendonitis include the following:
- Repetitive stress injury—People who work out aggressively and participate in rigorous sports like soccer and tennis can develop repetitive stress injuries that can stretch and tear your tendons.
- Starting a new exercise routine too quickly—One of the most common ways to damage your Achilles tendon is by deciding to embark on an exercise routine after a long period of not exercising. Your body just isn’t ready for the stress and pressure, so take it easy for the first few weeks and make sure to do proper warm up and cool down exercises to avoid an Achilles tendon injury.
- Improperly fitting footwear—Always wear shoes with proper arch and heel support and make sure your athletic shoes are made for the activity you will be doing. For example, running shoes provide excellent heel cushioning but they would be a very poor choice on a tennis court since they offer decreased lateral support.
If you have an injury to your Achilles tendon, your foot doctor is here to help. At Family Foot & Ankle Clinic, Dr. Stephen Markantone treats a wide variety of foot and ankle conditions including sports injuries, diabetic foot issues, pediatric foot conditions, toe and foot deformities, fungal infections, and heel problems. Equipped with the most advanced technologies and a dedicated staff, Family Foot & Ankle Clinic provides individualized and high quality care for patients in the North Versailles and Delmont, PA areas. Contact our North Versailles office at 412-824-9370 or our Delmont office at 724-733-3338 to schedule an appointment.