If you run and play sports, you are more at risk for developing a problem with the tendon at the back of your foot. Many sports activities involve repetitive motions that stress the heel cord and cause it to become inflamed. How can you tell if this has happened? Check for these five Achilles tendinitis symptoms:
- The back of your ankle area is stiff in the morning.
- The tendon above your heel or further up your ankle hurts and gets worse while you run or play your sport.
- There is severe pain in the tendon the day after you exercise.
- The area around the tendon looks and feels puffy or swollen.
- Pain is localized right at the top of your heel bone where the tendon attaches to it.
Foot pain is not normal. Don’t suffer through it when there are treatments that can help. One of these is stretching out your calf muscles, because tight muscles put more stress on your Achilles. We can show you other exercises, as well as prescribe orthotic devices like heel cups and shoe inserts that can help relieve your pain. Call Yuko Miyazaki, DPM in Berkeley, CA at (510) 647-3744 to get help for your pain.