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Achilles Tendonitis: A Common Sports Injury Among Runners

Tuesday, 26 July 2022 00:00

The Achilles tendon is a large band of tissue which attaches the calf muscles at the back of the lower leg to the heel bone. It is engaged while walking, running, jumping, and elevating on the toes. Athletes, and especially runners, can aggravate this tendon from overuse, which may cause it to become thickened and inflamed. This is known as Achilles tendonitis. Pain from Achilles tendonitis is usually felt above the heel or in the back of the lower leg. A podiatrist can examine you if you are experiencing this type of pain, which may intensify after sprinting, stair climbing or running for a long period of time. They may suggest certain strengthening and stretching exercises, along with resting the leg and icing the affected area, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to help with the pain. Long-term relief may include using custom orthotics and special types of footwear to offload pressure on the affected area. For more information or to receive treatment for Achilles tendon, make an appointment with a podiatrist.


Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact Dr. Alan J. Spector of Shore Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Point Pleasant, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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