By: Jesse McFarland, CSCS
Currently, I’m training for a marathon in Denver. After completing a 12 mile training run last Sunday, I noticed my achilles tendon was very tight. With some obvious inflammation, I determined that it’s achilles tendonitis. If you’ve suffered from achilles tendonitis, you would know that it’s rather painful and can be quite limiting. For those that don’t know, your achilles tendon is attached from your heel or calcaneus, that leads to your calf muscle or plantaris, gastrocnemius, and soleus muscles. Basically, achilles tendonitis is inflammation of your achilles tendon.
Symptoms of Achilles Tendonitis:
Causes of Achilles Tendonitis:
Overtraining. Training with high mileage, long runs for runners.
Inappropriate or worn out footwear.
Tight calf muscles.
What caused achilles tendonitis for me is ankle pronation, my long run (that I might not have been ready for), and tight calf muscles. with proper training and stretching, two out of three of these reasons could have been prevented (training, tight calf muscles).
Treatment for Achilles Tendonitis:
Try icing your achilles with an ice wrap.