What is Achilles tendinitis?
Achilles tendinitis is an inflammation of the Achilles tendon. It mainly affects women between the ages of 20 and 45.
Where does it come from?
The inflammation appears when the tendon is subjected to stresses over prolonged periods that are too great for its resistance capacity.
How can it be recognized?
At first, a slight discomfort appears after exercise. The pain is sometimes accompanied by swelling and intensifies gradually, until it is located precisely at the function of the Achilles tendon and the ankle bone. The stiffness fades when the tendon is warmed.
Various factors can contribute to inflammation of the Achilles tendon, such as:
- The absence of flexibility in the calf muscles;
- Continuous direct pressure on the tendon;
- Running on an uphill course;
- Climbing stairs;
- A sudden increase in speed or start.
Treatment solutions for the Achilles tendon
- Opt for a foot orthosis
A padded foot orthosis at the heel helps relieve the symptoms by minimizing the tensions on the tendon.
- Choose an orthopedic shoe
It is recommended to wear a shoe that offers good support and has a heel lower than one inch, without being totally flat.