Know the Symptoms:

For anyone who participates in sports that require a lot of running or jumping, or hikes vigorously uphill on a regular basis, the Achilles tendon can be particularly troublesome if it should become inflamed.

The Achilles tendon is a relatively inflexible attachment between the calf muscles of the lower leg and the calcaneous, or heel bone. This vulnerable, but important tendon works hardest when we push off at the start of a race, leap to slam-dunk a basketball or jump up to hit a high ball on a tennis court.

Too much strain on the Achilles tendon can result in painful inflammation. Recognized in the early stages, this condition, also known as Achilles tendonitis, can be effectively treated in a variety of ways. Left unattended, it can become chronic and debilitating.

How do you know if you have Achilles tendonitis? If the Achilles tendon becomes inflamed, you may notice a swelling and/or redness over the area. The tendon itself may be painful for a while after exercise. If it is not treated at this early stage, the condition could eventually affect your ability to run or even walk without pain. At this point it becomes much harder to resolve the problem. Severe cases may even require surgery. If you suspect that you have Achilles tendonitis, try applying cold therapy or ice to the area to reduce inflammation.

Massaging Techniques:

There are a couple of sports massage techniques that can also help. Applying transverse friction to the area can help reduce the pain and prevent adhesions. The strain-counterstrain technique on the lower leg has also proven helpful in strengthening weak muscles.

It can take a long time for Achilles tendonitis to heal, but diligence and patience is important in a successful recovery. Learn more
about the causes, symptoms and the treatment of Achilles tendonitis.

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