Achilles Tendinitis

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What is tendinitis?

Our muscles are joined to our bones by a cord whose thick and fibrous nature makes it durable and strong. When this cord, known as a tendon, becomes irritated or inflamed, it causes a condition known as tendinitis. Tendinitis is known by different names depending on where in the body the condition occurs. The most common form of tendinitis that forms in the foot is known as Achilles tendinitis, named for the affected tendon.

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What causes tendinitis?

The most frequently determined cause of this condition is repetitive motion injury caused by repeating the same series of motions over time. Jobs and hobbies and the stress they put on the tendon are the most common source of this kind of motion, such as:

  • Repetitive motions or activities

  • Excessive exertion

  • Awkward positions

  • Overhead reaching

  • Repetitive stair or ladder use

 

Bad body mechanics and improper techniques in our activities cause an excessive strain on our tendons, thus leading to tendinitis.

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How can I prevent tendinitis?

You can reduce your risk by using good body mechanics and proper techniques as part of your job or hobbies. One of the best ways to prevent tendinitis is proper stretching before your job or as part of your warm-up routine for physical activities. Take the time to strengthen and condition the muscles associated with the tendon to keep them well-primed. If you do begin to notice you are straining your tendons, give them rest for several days, failing to do so can cause long-lasting damage.