Achilles Tendonitis – How to Lessen Pain and Recover Faster

If you have heel pain, achilles tendonitis or achilles tendon pain, watch to learn how to relieve pain and get on the path to recovery.

Hi this is Dana Ranahan from Body Works Sports Physiotherapy and I’m here to talk about achilles tendonitis and what you can do about.

The achilles tendon is in the lower ankle area and a lot of people get pain in this region. Sometimes it ties to tightness in the calf from over use.

If you take a look at a muscle that becomes shortened or tight, it bunches up and creates more tension on the tendon compared to a normal muscle. When this happens on our calf, it puts more tension through the tendon and can cause pain.

Some of the things you can do for that are

  • Use a foam roller stick to help massage out some of the tightness in through the calf
  • Use a foam roller to roll out your calf. Work both straight on and play around with different angles to get to different parts of the muscle.

Some of these techniques will help release tightness in the muscle. This takes tension off the tendon, helping to alleviate pain.

Then we need to add some stretching.

  • We’re going to have the injured side behind us, and the knee straight.
  • Work on coming forward with a good alignment through your foot, and you should feel a bit of stretch through the calf.

This is something you only do if you’re not having pain in the achilles.

Yhose are a couple basic things you can work on to help relieve tension around the achilles. However, if you’re having this kind of problem you may also need to change how you’re training and look at some strengthening.

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