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.