How Do I Prevent Achilles Tendonitis

If you have ever experienced the pain of Achilles Tendonitis you will want to prevent this from happening again. There are several things that you can do to prevent Achilles tendonitis.

You can wear shoes that fit properly and that are designed to support your feet. Do not let your exercise or running shoes get worn. You should replace your shoes before they show signs of wear. If the treads on the bottom of your shoes become worn the shock absorption will be decreased.

Heel and Arch Support

If you are a runner, you will need shoes that have heel and arch support. If your foot tends to roll to inward (overpronation) you can get special shoe inserts to prevent this from happening. You can also have special orthotics made for you. Your doctor can help you decide which is best for you.

If you have had Achilles Tendonitis make sure that you are completely healed and that your doctor states that it is ok to begin exercising or participating in sports again. If you have never had Achilles tendonitis it is a good idea to stay in shape, receive proper training so that you will be using proper techniques to avoid injury.

Warming Up

It is important to warm-up before exercising or participating in sports. Warm-ups gently stretch your muscles. It is equally important to cool down after exercising or participating in sports because cooling down helps to loosen your muscles and also to decrease the stress put on your Achilles tendon.

If you are unsure of your posture, or technique and form make sure you ask for assistance from a coach or trainer because poor form and improper technique can lead to Achilles tendonitis.

If you have had Achilles Tendonitis or if you feel pain after exercising be sure to ice your Achilles tendon afterwards. You may also wish to ask your doctor if you should take anti-inflammatory medicine (NSAIDs).

Always seek the advice of your medical provider if you experience increasing pain or swelling or if you develop new symptoms that you are not sure about or if you develop a fever.

Pain signals that there is something wrong with your body and should never be ignored. Part of preventing tendonitis is being aware of your body and understanding the signs of tendonitis.