Weight May Lead to Tendonitis of the Feet

Have you ever heard the saying: “Take good care of your feet and they will take care of you”?  It's a truism.  Think about it, your entire body weight rests on your feet.  Most people don't pay much attention to their feet until they experience pain and discomfort.

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Because it supports all of our weight, the foot is prone to a number of conditions which require the skill of highly knowledgeable and experienced specialists. Just as important, the outstanding foot doctors of Beverly Hills Physicians understand that you need your feet for all kinds of purposes – not just for walking and running, but also for dancing and play. From injuries of the Achilles tendon to heel disorders, shin splints, bunion surgery, tendonitis, general foot pain, and even warts, these widely respected medical experts know how to treat every problem affecting the foot. When it comes to feet, the podiatrists of Beverly Hills Physicians have seen it all. …More at Your Feet Support Your Entire Body, So Be Good to Them, Suggests Beverly … – Sacramento Bee

Diet and Exercise:

This is basically common sense but worth repeating.  Diet and exercise are key in living a happy and virtually pain-free lifestyle.  The readon is mention this is because your feet have to absorb your entire body weight with every single step.  If you are overweight, the impact on your foot, ankle and pretty much all of your lower extremities have to endure the burden.  Being overweight can cause all kinds of health concerns.  Among them are high blood pressure, gout, heart disease, as well as various types of tendonitis such as achilles tendonitis, ankle tendonitis – all of which could lead to a worsening and dibilitating health condition known as rheumatoid arthritis.

Exercise Your Tendonitis Away:

Here is a great exercise video that is two-fold.  It will help you to lose the unnecessary and excessive pounds, as well as strenghen your muscles which will lead to a more active and pain-free way of life.

 

 

Achilles Tendon Treatment

The achilles tendon connects the calf muscle to the heel.  If an injury occurs to the achilles, activities such as walking, running, and jumping can become quite painful.  The tendon needs to be immobilized if it is to heal properly and then proper stretching exercises should be performed to strengthen the tendon and ensure proper healing.

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Symptoms of Achilles Tendonitis

Achilles tendinitis is an overuse type of injury, where microtrauma to the tendon over a period of time leads to a progressive increases in pain, stiffness, and decreased ability to perform functional and recreational activities. Achilles tendinitis is painful, and can lead to tearing or rupturing the Achilles tendon if not treated properly. Achilles tendinitis requires activity modification to prevent further inflammation and further tissue damage…More at Cornerstone Physical Therapy in Clark advises proper healing crucial for … – Suburban News

If an achilles injury is not allowed to heal properly, it could lead to a worsening of the symptoms or cause futher injury such as an achilles tear or rupture.  Seek the advise of a physician if you have severe or chronic pain.

 

Achilles Tendonitis and the New Year

For many, the new year usually brings on new injuries.  This is the time of year one everyone resolves to improve their health.  However, it is usually to the contrary.  More injuries occur because they go “full force” in a new exercise routine.  Proper warm up is imperative if you are to prevent or lessen your chances of inury.  Running, for example, can cause severe strains and sprains, not to mention more serious conditions such as achilles tendonitis, knee tendonitis or ankle tendonitis if done improperly.

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Pace Yourself

‘People need to slowly increase their exercise intensity (the aggressiveness), frequency (the number of times) and duration (the length of time), especially if starting to exercise or introducing new physical activities,’ he advised.

As well as planning a gentle routine to start off with, people should warm up properly, wear appropriate footwear and cool down carefully after each exercise session.

These steps should help people to avoid overuse injuries, such as stress fractures and Achilles tendonitis, when embarking on new exercise regimes….More at Care needed to avoid foot and ankle injuries when exercising – Netdoctor

 

What is Achilles Tendonitis?

Are you an avid runner or novice?  Do you know what you should do prior to running to help prevent achilles tendonitis or ankle problems?  Do you even know what achilles tendonitis is or how it is caused?  You may be surprised.

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Many runners are familiar with Achilles tendinitis, a common injury where the tendon on the back of the ankle becomes inflamed. Although this swelling can be painful (especially during strenuous exercise) and requires a bit of TLC, it can be prevented. Keeping these tips in mind, you can reduce the chances of this common injury so you and your muscles can continue a stress-free stride!…More at Runners, Follow These Tips to Prevent Achilles Tendonitis – FitSugar.com

Achilles Tendonitis Prevention:

There are several things you can do to avoid achilles tendonitis or ankle problems.  Here are some tips to keep you in proper stride and on track:

  1. technique – proper running technique, believe it or not, is very important.  Ask a trainer to take a look at your stride to ensure you are not overpronating or supinating your foot.
  2. warm up – if you start a running routine and do not warm up beforehand, you could end up with some serious issues, including pain which could be a sign of a ripped or torn tendon.
  3. stretch – stretch the muscles you intend to use prior to running.  Stretching the calf and ankle muscles will help flexion and reduce your chances of developing a serious injury or achilles tendonitis
  4. proper running shoes – choose the proper footwear for the activity.  You would not wear walking shoes if you were going to run a marathron – make sure your shoes will provide the proper support and flexibility your ankles and feet will need.
  5. be aware – if you are running and start to feel pain, keep an eye on it.  Slight discomfort might be okay if you are just starting out but if it is too much, stop and rest as you may be doing more harm and damage.

If you aren't quite sure which exercies/stretches to perform prior to starting a running routine, check out this video for some beneficial information.

Avoid Achilles Tendonitis

Have you made a New Year's resolution to exercise more and get in shape?  Perhaps you have considered the sport of jogging or running.  This is a fantastic way to get physically fit, but beware there are some simple steps you should take to avoid running injuries such as achilles tendonitis or ankle tendonitis.  Both of which can stop you dead in your tracks.

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For novice runners, the first few weeks are always the most risky when it comes to acquiring an injury. An aggressive, impact-type sport, running can cause you a host of problems if you aren’t careful….More at Picking up running? Prevent injuries before they occur – Gloucester Daily Times

Tips to Keep You on the Right Path

Follow these simple tips to keep you on track, as well as pain and injury free:

  • Rest at least once per week
  • Don't huff and puff as injury occurs if your normal striede is altered
  • Alternate daily between light and heavy workouts
  • Make sure your feet are dry to avoid blisters
  • Travel light – leave the non-essential paraphenalia at home
  • Wear the proper footwear.  Old and worn running shoes are only good for a couple hundred miles.  Any more than that and you could further complicate the issue and develop plantar fascitis
  • Run on the same type of surfaces.  Your tendons and muscles have “memory” so if you're used to running on a hard surface, conitnue on that path for at least 3 months before switching to a softer surface.

Torn Achilles Tendon 

Will an achilles tear be an achilles heal for DeVier Posey?  In the last quarter of the divisional playoff game between the Texans and Patriots, Wide Receiver DeVier Posey suffered an injury to his left achilles tendon which left him down and OUT.  Posey said it felt as if someone threw a bottle or rock at him.

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Torn Achilles Ends Posey's Season

Posey, a third-round draft pick from Ohio State, was injured with 6:13 remaining on a quarterback draw by Matt Schaub on third-and-goal from the two-yard line. He sat in the end zone for several minutes before being carted off the field. After the game, he left the Texans’ locker room on crutches with a boot on his left leg…More at Rookie WR DeVier Posey suffers torn Achilles – HoustonTexans.com Posey suffered a left torn achilles.  

The chronic pain from a torn achilles or ACL injury is like nothing you can imagine.  The healing and recovery process can be quite slow.  Surgery is an option, but usually as a last resort.  Let's hope that DeVier Posey does not have to resort to such extremes and is back in the game for next season.