sore achilles tendon

The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscle to the calcaneus. It takes part in the process of lowering the forefoot and raising the heel when walking. Pain in the Achilles tendon is very unpleasant. Because of them, it is difficult for a person to move around, and in especially difficult cases, one has to adhere to bed rest or use crutches.

Causes of pain in the Achilles tendon

A common problem is tendon inflammation. As a rule, it is preceded by overvoltage and great physical exertion. Other factors can also lead to the development of the inflammatory process:

  • flat feet;
  • clubfoot;
  • different lengths of the lower limbs;
  • varus curvature of the legs;
  • deformities of the calcaneus;
  • insufficiently stretched muscles of the back of the thigh.

If the Achilles tendon starts to hurt when walking or after running, attention should be paid to shoes. Inconvenient or poor quality, it can do much harm. So, for example, soft backs prevent too active movements of the heel, due to which the load on the calcaneal tendon is distributed unevenly. This, in turn, significantly increases the likelihood of a rupture. And the rigid sole, which does not flex at the joint of the toes, causes additional stress on the tendon at the moment of lifting off the ground.

Achilles tendon hurts – how to treat?

  1. At the time of treatment, it is very important to limit physical activity, which can cause pain. You need to return to the sport gradually, giving the tendon time to recover.
  2. Ice or cold compresses can be applied to the injured area.
  3. Very useful massage.
  4. It is advisable to choose shoes with a wide toe, a hard arch support, a removable insole and special heel tabs.