Achilles Tendon Stretches and Strength Exercises
It is very important to take care of your Achilles tendon if do a lot of physical activity, or you tend to put immense pressure on your legs and feet. If you do too much of intense physical activity and overuse this tendon without warming up or stretching properly, it may tear or rupture, and it might also lead to tendonitis, that is, swelling and inflammation of the Achilles tendon. If you are suffering from Achilles tendonitis, visit a Foot and Ankle Sprain Specialist in Houston TX. Symptoms of Achilles tendonitis are tightness and discomfort along with feelings of weakness in the heel and the range of motion gets restricted. If you feel Heel Pain or Achilles tendon pain, consult a foot doctor for ankle and heel pain treatments. Stretching can help in recovery and healing if you have Achilles tendonitis.
If you are suffering from Achilles tendonitis, visit a Foot and Ankle Sprain Specialist in Houston TX such as Dr. Ejodamen Shobowale of DeNiel Foot and Ankle Center. Symptoms of Achilles tendonitis are tightness and discomfort along with feelings of weakness in the heel and the range of motion gets restricted. If you feel Heel Pain or Achilles tendon pain, consult a foot doctor for ankle and heel pain treatments. Stretching can help in recovery and healing if you have Achilles tendonitis.
When Achilles tendonitis becomes chronic, it leads to Achilles tendinopathy involving damage and degeneration of collagen present in the tendon. If you have Achilles tendonitis but do not treat it in time, it is very likely to develop small tears in the tendon (known as tendonitis) and may lead to partial or complete rupture of the tendon.
Talk to a foot doctor Houston about treating and healing your Achilles tendon immediately if you notice any of the symptoms. To accelerate the healing process and to increase mobility and range of motion, here are a few Achilles tendon stretches and strength exercises which you can do.
Achilles Tendon Stretching Exercises
There are some exercises for stretching your Achilles tendon. These are the three of the most common Achilles tendon stretching exercises:
Calf Stretch or Runner’s Stretch:
This exercise is done to loosen the tendon and reduce the tightness and discomfort caused by an inflamed Achilles tendon. For this exercise, place your hands on the wall (or a chair). In case of putting your hands on a wall, place them at eye level. Keep one leg straight and keep the heel on the floor with your toes pointing straight ahead. Bend the other leg in front of the straight leg, pushing your hips towards the wall. Stretch the back leg (straight leg) and lean forward to the point you feel a stretch or pull in your calf, but no pain. Make sure that your heels do not come off the floor. Hold the position for 30 seconds and repeat three times.
If you are not comfortable with calf stretch, you can do this exercise, which also helps to improve mobility, loosen up and reduce stress on the Achilles tendon. This exercise is to be performed with the leg that is causing discomfort. Stand in front of the wall and place your toes against the wall. Keep your heel on the floor, and place your toes as high as you can to feel a deep stretch. Keep your other leg behind you with toes forward and heel on the floor, and lean forward. Hold the position for 30 seconds and repeat three times.
Before doing this stretching exercise, it is better to do it under the supervision of a foot specialist Houston or a physical therapist because if not done correctly, it might damage the Achilles tendon. To do this exercise, you will need a staircase or a stepladder. While using a stepladder ensure that it is locked in a fixed position. Do this exercise with the leg that is causing discomfort (having problems with the Achilles tendon). Grab the staircase or ladder railing, and place the ball of your foot on the edge of the step at the bottom of the stair or ladder. Let the heel of the foot to drop down and relax the other foot. Make sure that you do not slip off and hurt yourself. Hold the position for 30 seconds and repeat three times. If you face trouble while balancing, do this exercise under the guidance of a professional.
Calf Strengthening Exercises
Calf muscles are attached to the Achilles tendon and should be kept strong to lessen stress on the tendon. Here are three calf muscle strengthening exercises:
Sitting Heel Raises:
Sit on a chair, place your feet as apart as your shoulder width. Lift your toes as high as possible until you feel some pain. Pause, and then lower your heels very slowly. Do 20 reps of this exercise in one set. Repeat this 5-6 times daily.
Standing Heel Raises:
Stand on the floor and place your feet as apart as your shoulder width. Grabbing a chair for support, stand on the ball of your feet and rise by lifting your heels as high as possible until you feel some pain. Pause, and then lower your heels very slowly. Do 20 reps of this exercise in one set. Repeat this 5-6 times daily.
Calf Exercises Using a Resistance Band:
Sit on the floor (or on your bed). Extending your legs straight out before you, wrap a resistance band around the ball of your foot (of the leg you want to stretch) and slightly bend your knee. Hold the ends of the band with your hands and pull it towards yourself to flex the foot. Pause and then release your foot, pointing it away from you. Do 10 -15 reps of this exercise in one set. Repeat three times. Initially, use a light resistance band and later you can use a thicker band as your tendon will become stronger.
So, here are a few exercises which will definitely speed up your recovery process if you injured your Achilles tendon. Make sure to always consult a physician before doing any sort of self diagnosis. And to keep yourself fit, always exercise regularly and maintain a healthy diet.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Houston, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.
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