Currently both the physiotherapist and massage therapist are treating patients with heel pain –it must be the weather.
After dusting off your shoes you may think you’re ready for a run, but as Niall McGregor, PT points out, this is when we are most susceptible to injury.
It is estimated that a force equal to 12 times the body weight is transmitted through the Achilles tendon in sprinting.
Because the tendon is required to transmit such large forces, it is prone to overuse injury. Microdamage of the tendon fibres leads to inflammation within the tendon, causing what’s known as tendinitis.
Achilles tendinitis can be caused by a number of different ways.
These include sudden changes in training such as going from flat to hill running, footwear that doesn’t provide adequate support, faulty foot biomechanics such as fallen arches, or it can result from tight calf muscles.
Who knew that exercise which is so good for us, could hurt so much.