The muscles and joints of your feet and calves are designed to act as a shock absorber while you walk and run. One of the first shock absorbers in the back of your leg is the Achilles tendon. The Achilles is a round, dense structure that attaches your calf muscles (gastrocnemius and soleus) to your calcaneus (the bone behind your ankle). Your Achilles can become injured when it gets overloaded. It can become overloaded from a one time event, think jumping explosively, or over a longer period of time, running with tight ankle joints and calf muscles for many months. Many of the individuals we treat acquire an Achilles injury over a period of time. And quite often we’re told that the person tried a new pair of shoes, increased their running mileage, changed their running cadence or stride length.
Because the Achilles is a common site of injury or soreness in runners, it is important to figure out what is actually causing it and you to hurt.
Pain in your Achilles’ tendon can come from one of five causes. They are referral from your low back, a peripheral nerve entrapment higher in the leg, loss of proper joint motion in your ankle, a true Achilles injury, or finally something funny is growing there that’s causing pain. Your treatment goals, time, and rehab will be based on which one of the five things is causing your achilles to hurt.
Typical treatment time can span from 1-2 visits to 3-5 weeks depending on the severity and cause of your achilles soreness.
So if the back of your ankle or Achilles is sore and the soreness is not going away, find a good rehab professional to get you back to running strong and pain free!Tags: achilles, calf, pain, tenditis, tendon