What is Achilles Tendinitis and How Do I Prevent it?
Washington Redskins running back Roy Helu and former Olympic hurdles champion Liu Xiang have both been in the news lately, not for their feats on the football field or the track, but for their injuries. Both athletes have recently been sidelined by injuries to their Achilles tendon. Roy Helu, who has been diagnosed with Achilles Tendinitis, has been struggling with the disorder since he was a rookie but says it was “nothing to this extreme” in the past. Helu also said he is “naturally a tight person” and plans on doing more stretching in the future to prevent such injuries.
This is not the first time Liu Xiang has dealt with an Achilles injury either. In the 2008 Olympic games, he was forced to withdraw due to an injury to his Achilles tendon.
Both athletes are eager to return to their sports, but realize the dangers of returning too soon, before they have had time to properly heal.
Liu Xiang’s coach and mentor, Sun Haiping, said that the athlete’s return to the track “totally depends on how he recovers.”
This may have you wondering what causes Achilles Tendinitis and what you can do to prevent it. The Achilles tendon, the largest tendon in the human body, facilitates walking by helping to raise the heel off the ground. Any sudden increases in repetitive activity involving the tendon can cause Achilles Tendinitis. This makes athletes particularly vulnerable, but you may be surprised to learn that athletes are not the only ones affected by the disorder.
It is also common in those who put a lot of stress on their feet and ankles on a regular basis, such as laborers in the workplace.
Fortunately, there is a simple way to prevent this disorder: strengthening and stretching the calf muscles through daily exercises. Wearing appropriate footwear with the correct support can also help to keep your feet and ankles stable, reducing the likelihood of injury to the tendon.
If you are suffering from Achilles Tendinitis, it is important that it be treated since continual stress can make it worse and prevent proper healing.
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