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Achilles TendonAccording to research by Foot and Ankle International Journal, people who participate in casual activities have a higher risk of injuring their achilles tendon than professional athletes.

Research found 400 men in the study who hurt their Achilles damaged it because of recreational sports. Although athletes injure themselves frequently, it is less likely to happen with them than it is with people in recreational activities due to stretching and conditioning.

The older the participant is in recreational activities, the higher a risk they are at of injury. “Meanwhile, you’re at a higher risk because as you get older, your tissue gets less and less elastic, says Dr. Steven Raikin, author of the study.

Dealing with an Achilles tendon injury can be a painful ordeal. An injury like this can be managed by a podiatrist like Dr. Michael Stein of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Dr. Stein can examine your Achilles tendon, and work with you to provide the appropriate treatment.

What Is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is the strongest tendon in our body. It is the tendon that connects the heel to the calf muscles. The Achilles tendon helps with basic movement in the legs like walking. As a result, the Achilles tendon can risk incurring Achilles tendinitis or a rupture. Those at risk include people who overexert themselves during physical activity.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms Include:

  • Inflammation
  • Tendon Thickening
  • Slower Movement Time
  • Severe Pain

Achilles Tendon ruptures are caused by the tendon ripping. There are more painful and immediate than Achilles tendinitis. There are surgical and non-surgical methods in treating Achilles tendon ruptures.

While no injury is avoidable, there are preventive measures that can lower your chances like:

  • strengthening exercises like squats and leg presses
  • Stretch your tendon before and after exercise
  • Wear comfortable footwear

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices which are located in San Leandro, Pleasanton and Los Gatos, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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