/ Achilles tendon problem
Apparently calf stretches help but I am getting to the stage where wearing stickies is really painful ....climbing in bare feet?! Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks
Go to a Sports physiotherapist - If they are good they'll sort you out with a) the right diagnosise, and b) Good stretching/strengthening exercises. It might take a while before it gets better - depends somewhat on damage and age. But carrying on doing what you know damages it?? - Oh, dear it's just going to get worse
Yep I had one of these a few years ago, really painful after wearing a certain pair of shoes which dug into my achilles too sharply. I went to the physio and had massage and acupuncture to reduce swelling and tried to avoid any shoes with backs that dug into my heel too much. I also temporarily used a bigger, beginner shoe on the bad foot and also split the heel of some more performance-orientated shoes from top to bottom using scissors to relieve the pressure on the tendon. It took a while to heal (excuse the pun) but did eventually go just by minimising irritation on the tendon.
Hope this helps :)
HOW are the stickies causing inflamation in your achilles?
I can only think it's because
1) they're very flat and you're used to wearing very high heels
2) your calves are getting over worked standing on your toes
2) is a very long shot, and i'm really surprised if 1) is causing it, and barefoot eases it.
My suggestion is to begin by massaging the calf muscle.
My suspicion is that this is where your problem really lies. You may find this in itself eases the problem. But if you've got any muscular problems (knots) in the calf, you'll not be able to effectively stretch the calf.
Get in and give it a really good prod. If you find a sore bit, you've struck gold.
My stickies are pressing hard on my achilles tendon and they are quite tight...i can't wear my new 5 10s because of this thanks for your advice...I read that tendonopathy could be caused also from jumping off things (boulders in my case and yes I'm too old for that can't of carry on I don't do it very often but I have been climbing alot over the winter and hece wearing stickies alot. Walking around in bare feet doesn't help but there is no pressure so back less shoes do the trick for that .
> My stickies are pressing hard on my achilles tendon and they are quite tight...i can't wear my new 5 10s because of this thanks for your advice...I read that tendonopathy could be caused also from jumping off things (boulders in my case and yes I'm too old for that can't of carry on I don't do it very often but I have been climbing alot over the winter and hece wearing stickies alot. Walking around in bare feet doesn't help but there is no pressure so back less shoes do the trick for that .
I love jumping off things, please don't tell me that can cause it.
I had insertional Achilles tendinopathy, caused by running. I never found out whether it was an overuse thing or the shoes, but laying off running for a few months sorted it. Do you run?
I saw a great doctor who took it seriously and x-rayed me, which showed some heel spurs. Unfortunately they don't jingle when I walk like Clint's do.
"The Stick" is good for hurting your calves in a theraputic fashion.
But the thing that has helped most of all I've found, is putting Orthotics in my shoes - all my shoes, work shoes, even slippers at home! You can buy Orthaheel at Boots (£25-ish) & they had a buy 2 get 2nd half price when I was last there. It's not cured me overnight but in the past 10 days I'm definitely improved :) Good luck!
Jingling heel spurs ouch!
In a nutshell, don't ignore it, go to a physio asap and be religious about doing whatever stretches and exercises they suggest.
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