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Various Stretches to Strengthen the Achilles Tendon

Tuesday, 15 November 2022 00:00

There is often severe pain and discomfort by people who endure an Achilles tendon injury. It is considered to be the longest and strongest tendon in the body, and its job is to connect the calf muscles to the heel. Common symptoms that many people experience can include a tightness or stiffness, as well as pain in the lower calf. Research has indicated that the pain level may be reduced when the Achilles tendon is strengthened. This consists of performing specific stretches that start off slowly, and gradually intensify. Calf raises are done by raising up on both legs, and lowering down one at a time. Proper form includes lowering down slowly, with a controlled motion.  An effective stretch is called the single leg calf raise, which is done by standing on the ball of the foot, and slowly lowering the leg down. There are various forms of Achilles tendon stretches that are done, and if you would like more information on how to perform these, please consult with a podiatrist.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Advanced Foot & Ankle Associates, PLLC. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can create immense difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What Are the Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common injuries are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

  • Inflammation
  • Dull to severe pain
  • Increased blood flow to the tendon
  • Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

  • Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
  • Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

  • Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
  • Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Lake Worth and Aledo/Willow Park, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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