First question is has any runners Achilles tendon not hurt?
Sometimes it seems that Achilles pain for runners just comes with the territory. It Is very common condition among athletes to have pain along the back of the leg near the heel of the foot. So with this issue being very common we need to take a look at what are the best options when you begin to have the symptoms of calf pain, Achilles pain, foot and ankle pain.
#1 Find out where the pain is coming from
There are many different reasons for having lower leg and ankle pain. It could be coming from tendons or ligaments. These ligaments and tendons could be painful from overuse syndrome, small tears or even lack of normal joint motion. It is best to have a professional who is skilled at performing proper orthopedic tests to find out exactly what tissue is hurting and why. There is a lot of difference between ligament problems and tendon problems. Ligaments act similar to shock absorbers and help connect one bone to another bone. Tendons act like an anchor point where a muscle attaches to the bone. When you suffered a sprain you are very likely to have caused tears in both ligaments and tendons. If you have any doubt about what you have injured, it is best to error on the side of caution and have it checked out by a professional.
#2 If it is Achilles pain
For runners, this could be an increase in mileage without giving adequate time for your body to adapt. It could also be due to increasing the intensity of your workout. If you’re calf muscles are tight, avoid putting any extra strain on the Achilles tendon by foam-rolling the calf muscle or extending your warm up time. The most common type of Achilles pain for people who are active is non-insertional Achilles tendinitis. This will affect the middle portion of the tendon and it will begin to break down due to stress causing tiny tears that will make the tendon thicken and swell. If left unchecked this could turn into calcification of the Achilles tendon.
#3 getting it fixed
In most cases, nonsurgical treatment options will provide pain relief. It is good to start of ice at home for 5-8 min. to try to decrease swelling. Because the tendon doesn’t have as much blood supply as muscle, the healing time for a tendon can take anywhere from 3 weeks to 6 months.
Chiropractic treatments for Achilles tendinitis will include therapeutic ultrasound, soft tissue release around the tendon and surrounding structures, mobilization of the ankle joint, kinesio tape and possibly natural anti-inflammatory injections.
Home therapy would include very light stretching of the tendon after it’s been determined that the tendon has not ruptured. Ice is always a good home therapy option for inflammation. Need to know more? CLICK HERE