The YMCA Youth Triathlon series is continuing this Saturday July 19th in Edmond. It’s important to get rid of any Achilles pain your child might be feeling before the event takes place. These different stretches and treatments can work well for people of all ages.
Achilles tendonitis is the inflammation of the Achilles tendon, which is the largest tendon in the whole body. It connects the calf muscles and the heel bone, and it is instrumental in running, jumping, and walking. There are two different types of this condition. Noninsertional occurs in the middle part of the tendon, and it is a result of overuse in people who are physically active. Insertional occurs in the part of the tendon that connects to the bone and can occur in anyone for any reason. If you feel pain or stiffness at the back of your heel, especially in the morning, you might have Achilles tendonitis.
Do not just push through the pain of Achilles tendonitis. You might end up tearing the tendon and making a bad problem worse. Instead, try the RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) method for a period of time. You have to stop the activity that is causing the pain until it’s completely gone, otherwise this treatment will be for nothing. If this doesn’t work, you might consider trying some physical therapy and stretching. Exercising your calf muscles can work wonders on a tight Achilles tendon. If you incorporate this with wearing shoe inserts you might be on the right track. For some people this still isn’t enough and they might need more invasive measures such as injections of medications, extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT), and even surgery.
If you have questions about treating Achilles tendonitis call Dr. Bil Buksh at (405) 285-7408 to schedule an appointment at Edmond/Normal Foot & Ankle Clinic. We want you and your whole family to stay free of heel pain.
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