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Sports Therapy – Tips for Avoiding Achilles Tendonitis

One of the complaints we see most often in our sports therapy clinic is Achilles Tendonitis. It’s a highly painful condition most often seen in those doing a lot of running and jumping, as well as a condition which can put an athlete out of commission for weeks while recovering.

The good news is that it’s often avoidable! So today, we at Burrard Physiotherapy, wanted to discuss the causes of Achilles tendonitis and how you can minimize the chances of having it happen to you.

How Achilles Tendonitis Happens

The Achilles tendon is one of the most important in the lower leg, attaching the heel to the calf muscles. Whenever you walk, run, jump, or do nearly anything else with your foot, the Achilles tendon is part of that movement.

Achilles tendonitis is caused by repeated damage to the Achilles tendon. Every time it’s strained or torn, even a little, it causes scar tissue to build up within the tendon and inflammation can occur. That scar tissue is much less strong and flexible than the surrounding muscle tissue. If left long enough without care, eventually the scar tissue will be unable to cope with the physical demands placed on the tendon, and will tear or even snap entirely.

Preventing Achilles Tendonitis

Occasionally a muscle or tendon tear happens due to extreme accidents on the field, and those are largely unavoidable. However, more often the physiotherapists at our sports therapy clinic see cases which could have been avoided.

Good Pre-Workout Preparation

Good stretching and blood flow is vital for protecting your Achilles tendon. Never work it hard without proper warm-up first.

Proper Footwear

Many athletic shoes are built to provide extra support for your heel and Achilles tendon, specifically to reduce the chances of tendonitis. Replace old, broken, or otherwise worn-out shoes promptly.

Know The Warning Signs

Achilles tendonitis develops over time. If you’re consistently feeling notable warmth or pain above your heel after a workout, that’s a major warning sign. Likewise, if it hurts to walk after a workout, that’s also a red flag.

When Achilles Tendonitis Strikes, Burrard Physiotherapy Is Here to Help

Our highly-experienced professionals have the skills and equipment needed to get you back on your feet as quickly as possible.  Contact us for a consultation or appointment.

Burrard Physiotherapy
1190 Hornby Street,
Vancouver, BC V6Z 2K5

(Corner of Hornby and Davie
above the BG cafe)
Tel: 604.684.1640

7am - 6:15pm Mondays to Fridays
8:30am to 3:00pm Saturdays