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Do you experience heel pain from running?

If you experience heel pain while running you may be suffering from Achilles tendinopathy. Achilles tendinopathy is a condition caused by inflammation and/or degeneration of the Achilles tendon. Achilles tendon injuries affect between 250,000 and one million people per year in the United States.

Common symptoms of Achilles tendinopathy:

• Heel pain
• Calf pain
• Swelling
• Stiffness
• Increased tendon thickness
• Increased pain during the beginning of workouts/runs

Risk Factors for Achilles Tendinopathy:

• Improper warm-up
• Running on hard surfaces
• Over-training
• Cold weather training
• Excessive stair or hill climbing
• Improper arch support
• Poor conditioning
• Abruptly returning to activity after a period of inactivity
• Prior lower limb fracture
• Calf inflexibility or weakness
• Limited ankle dorsiflexion

How can chiropractic treatment help Achilles Tendinopathy?

You should refrain from any aggravating activity for a brief period and focus on a progressive eccentric loading exercise program. The goal of this program is to carefully engage the muscle in order to strengthen the area without causing further injury. Soft tissue manipulation, stretching and myofascial release techniques are necessary to promote flexibility of the calf muscles. Instrument assisted soft tissue manipulation should be considered to release adhesions within the Achilles tendon. Once pain begins to subside you should slowly work back into your normal workout routine. It is recommended to begin on smooth surfaces and to start out at a lower intensity and distance. Slowly increase your duration and intensity over time being sure that you are not feeling any increase in pain.

If you are suffering from heel pain from Achilles Teninopathy, one of our providers at Select Spine & Sports Medicine can help!

Give us a call at 281-993-2122 to schedule today!