Playing sports is a way to be healthy. However, along with being physical active, comes the risk of injury. Ankle injuries are a common sports related injury. Examples include Achilles tendonitis, ankle sprains and ankle fractures. Today’s topic will focus on Achilles tendonitis.
Achilles tendonitis is a term when there is an overuse injury of the Achilles tendon, a band of connective tissues that attaches your calf muscles to your heel bone. It is commonly seen in runners, who suddenly have increased intensity or duration of runs. Tennis and basketball players are also commonly affected as these sports require quick stops and changes of direction.
Majority of tendon injuries are due to gradual wear and tear from overuse or aging. Repetitive actions in sports, certain jobs or even daily activities are more likely to damage the tendon. Factors that can lead to Achilles tendonitis include:
The choice of treatment depends on the severity of the injury.
The following measures can reduce the risk of developing Achilles tendonitis:
If the Achilles tendonitis persists, consult a foot doctor now.
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