Are you starting to feel soreness in the back of your ankle with running? Does it feel stiff when you wake up in the morning or at the start of your run? Are you wondering, why does my achilles tendon hurt when I run?
In this episode I cover all of the myths and provide you with the latest research on what Achilles Tendonitis is and how you don’t need to stop running to overcome this very common running injury!
This is Part 1 of this topic where I will go over exactly what Achilles Tendonitis is. Next week in Part 2, I will discuss the treatment and prevention of this injury!
Listen to the Podcast Episode during your next run!
This week I answer the most common questions about this condition including :
Let’s get into it with the blog!
Achilles Tendonitis is a very common condition among runners where they start to experience some pain in the tendon that runs along the back of the leg and into the ankle. Remember that “-itis” means inflammation, so there’s inflammation occurring in this tendon!
This is the largest tendon in the body. It runs from the bottom of your calf muscle, all the way to your heel bone where it inserts! When you walk, run, climb stairs, and stand on your tip toes, you’re using this tendon! The Achilles Tendon is very strong and can withstand great stresses. However, the tendon can also be prone to overuse and degeneration issues which leads to this pathology of Achilles Tendonitis.
The tendon can become irritated and inflamed which then causes pain. An individual with Achilles Tendonitis may notice pain in the mid-portion of the tendon, about 2 inches above the heel bone or there may be pain where the tendon inserts at the heel bone.
Achilles Tendonitis occurs from repetitive stress to the tendon. As stated previously, the Achilles Tendon can handle a lot of stress – but when too much is done too soon, or too much load is placed on the tendon over and over, it can become irritated.
Other risk factors that may lead to Achilles Tendonitis include:
There are MANY different symptoms associated with Achilles Tendonitis. Some of the most common symptoms include:
Hearing or feeling a “POP” in this area is a much more significant injury. The pop, or feeling of being shot in the back of the heel, is an Achilles Tendon Rupture (or torn Achilles). See your doctor immediately if you think you may have torn your tendon.
A medical provider will look for the following signs during an exam to determine if an individual has Achilles Tendonitis…
In next weeks episode we will discuss treatment and prevention of this pathology… stay tuned and subscribe to our YouTube Channel and Podcast so you can stay in the loop!!
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Thank you (running friends) for taking the time to read and I hope you enjoy the podcast episode!
Duane Scotti, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS
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