November is a month when we begin to think about all the things we are thankful for. One thing you might be thankful for is good foot health. However, not everyone is so lucky. Some people are at a higher risk of developing certain foot conditions, such as Achilles tendinitis. Still, you can be thankful that you can get treatment for this common injury very easily.
Achilles tendinitis is an overuse injury that is commonly seen among people who are physically active. It can be the result of improper warming up and stretching or increasing your activity level too quickly without enough build-up. Certain factors create a higher risk of developing tendinitis. These include:
- Being male. Men are much more likely to suffer from tendinitis than women.
- Being older. Your chance of developing this condition increases as you age.
- Your physical characteristics. Certain factors of your physical make-up may make you more susceptible. For instance, if you have flatfeet or are obese you are already putting more strain on your foot than a person who has normal arches and maintains a healthy weight.
- Your training choices. The way you choose to train plays a big role in this condition. If you wear shoes that are worn down, or run in very hilly terrain, you are putting unnecessary pressure on your feet.
- Other medical concerns. Certain people, like those who have psoriasis or high blood pressure, may be at an increased risk.
- Medications you are taking: There are some medications, particularly antibiotics called fluoroquinolones, which make you more likely to develop tendinitis.
If you know you fall into one or more of these categories, it’s in your best interest to take precautions against developing Achilles tendinitis. Always make sure you train properly and while wearing good, sturdy shoes. Don’t push yourself too hard, and if you feel pain, allow your foot time to heal.
If you have more questions regarding this condition, please don’t hesitate to call Dr. Peyman Elison and Dr. Viedra Elison at (623) 584-5556 to make your appointment at Fixing Feet Institute in Surprise, AZ.