If you have athletic shoes that bend in the middle when they’re not supposed to, it’s time for a new pair. Shoes that bend this way can put pressure on your heel and Achilles tendon. This is the largest tendon in the body and connects your calf muscle to your heel bone. When the middle of your shoe’s sole collapses, it transfers pressure from the midfoot to the heel, which can excessively stretch the Achilles tendon leading to inflammation or tendonitis.
If you start experiencing pain and swelling in the back of your lower leg or heel following exercise, or your lower leg feels stiff and tired during or after exercise, you may have Achilles tendonitis. Rest, ice and anti-inflammatory drugs can be used as initial treatment. If symptoms persist, make an appointment with a podiatrist at Shoal Creek Foot & Ankle Center to determine the severity of your injury, assess the risk for tendon tear or rupture, and select an appropriate treatment plan to keep you on the road to recovery.
Ways to avoid Achilles tendon injuries:
- Replace your shoes every 400 miles.
- Always stretch and warm up before any strenuous exercise.
- Increase the difficulty or frequency of any new exercise programs gradually.
If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or need help finding the right shoe for your favorite sport or athletic activity, talk with a podiatrist at Shoal Creek Foot & Ankle Center for their suggestions.