Avoiding & Treating an Achilles Tendon Injury
As you gear up to begin your exercise routines over the summer, make sure you’re taking proper preventative measures, and really listening to your body. The main cause of Achilles tendon injury and issues is a result from jumping into physical activity too quickly. It is especially important to ease your body into exercise routines, stretch your muscles thoroughly, and set up a program for yourself to follow so you’re not being too ambitious. Especially when it comes to your Achilles tendon, stretching is crucial. Don’t just focus on stretching your calves- but your whole leg – hamstrings, quads, etc. When you do begin exercising, really be in tune with what your body is telling you and how you are feeling. If you begin to experience pain, ease up. “No Pain, No Gain” really isn’t the safest method to follow – especially when you’re starting to get back into your exercise routines. If you experience pain that is reoccurring and lingers past a day or two, see a professional. Tendonitis is an inflammatory and overuse of the muscles and needs to be properly cared for, strengthened, and treated for ultimate healing. Tune in as Doctor of Physical Therapy Brianna Hoffarth discusses Achilles tendon injury and how to prevent and treat it.