Your Ultimate Guide to Achilles Tendonitis for Runners
What it is:
Achilles tendonitis is the irritation of the tendinous sheath of the achilles tendon, which connects your calf muscles (gastrocnemius and soleus) to your heel. It is very commonly diagnosed amongst runners with symptoms occurring along the calf muscle, the actual tendon and even into the heel/rear foot area.
Symptoms of Achilles Tendonitis:
- Stiffness, especially in morning or after rest
- Dull ache pain along the calf muscles
- Throbbing pain along the heel
- Difficulty to walk, run and use stairs
When to see a Performance Therapist:
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms without improvement for more than 72 hours. Scroll below for two pain elimination techniques specific for Achilles Tendonitis in runners.
Also, seeing a performance therapist first is more efficient way to get results. Even if this is not within the scope of the clinician, they are able to refer out to the appropriate medical physician for further imaging and consultation if needed.
Achilles Tendonitis for runners can occur for a variety of reasons but what we have found to be most common is the lack of hip control due to:
- Ineffective hip extension with running mechanics
- Dominate TFL and lateral quadratus
- “Pull” dominate running dysfunction
- Improper running shoes
- Lack of “break in” period for minimal heel drop shoes
Pain Relief Techniques:
Eccentric Heel Lowers-