Halloween is almost here! Do you have your costume ready? Whether you’re heading to a party or plan on walking with your kids, you don’t want a case of Achilles tendinitis to keep you inside this Halloween because of pain that keeps you off your feet. Instead, follow these pro-active tips to avoid an aching Achilles:
This tendon issue can happen to anyone, but it’s typically found in people who run or are physically active in other ways. It’s usually the result of improperly warming up/stretching or increasing the intensity of your activity level too quickly. Therefore, to prevent it from happening to you, be sure to increase your training gradually, and always warm up beforehand. Even just walking for a while before you start running can help minimize your risk. Strengthening your calves with exercises like toe raises can help too. Simply raise up on your tip-toes and hold for 10 seconds, then slowly lower and repeat. Pushing against the wall with your leg straight behind you and heel pressed to the ground is a great stretch as well.
In addition, the right shoes are important. Make sure your footwear fits properly and provides plenty of cushion and support. You might also want to try breaking up your fitness routine by cross-training. Incorporating low impact activities like biking and swimming can help to reduce the continuous stress placed on your Achilles tendon, and thus make it less likely to get injured.
For more pro-active tips and information on how to prevent Achilles tendinitis, Call Fixing Feet Institute in Surprise, AZ at (623) 584-5556. Dr. Peyman Elison and Dr. Viedra Elison are always happy to help.