Help For Your Achilles Problem

Achilles was the legendary warrior of Homer’s, “Iliad” and mentioned in numerous works throughout the period. The myth goes that a Goddess named Thetis was being pursued by both Zeus, King of all Gods on Mount Olympus as well as Poseidon, God of the Seas. When a prophecy was revealed that Thetis would give birth to a son greater than his father, both Gods abandoned their pursuit and basically fixed her up with a nice mortal guy. She did give birth to a son and to protect her child, she held him upside down and dipped him in the River Styx and forgot to wet his heel where she was holding him. Her son, Achilles went on to become a great warrior who was impervious to arrows and other weapons, however in one battle he finally got shot in the heel with an arrow and it caused his death.

Now, you’re not likely to die from an Achilles tendon pull, however they can be painful and if you don’t slow down once you’ve pulled that tendon and give it a chance to heal, it can be an on-going pain management situation instead of being a healed injury.
One of the most common Achilles tendon injuries, Achilles Tendonitis, occurs in runners, just over 10% of injuries incurred by runners are this type of injury.

The Achilles tendon is the large tendon at the back of the ankle where the larger muscles of the calf are connected to the heel bone. Overuse is the primary cause of this type in injury and the R.I.C.E. method is one of the best treatments you can give it initially. Achilles tendon injuries typically take longer to heal then other foot, leg injuries and the reason is that the Achilles tendon has a poor blood supply and as you know that is a major component for healing.

Did you know a good portion of Achilles Tendon injuries can be avoided through proper warm up and stretching before physical activity and also, gently stretch the area as you cool down after heavy activity. If you feel pain, stop – remember that’s how your body says, “That’s enough right now!”. During your healing process, avoid using that tendon for any type of walking or movement as much as possible. And if you don’t see any lessening of pain or tenderness in a couple of days, have your primary physical look at the injury to ensure that you don’t have a partial or full rupture of the tendon which will require a little more intense treatment and therapy for working the tendon once the healing process starts.