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Achilles Tendon Problems

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Prevention

Most Achilles tendon injuries occur during sports and can be prevented. If you had an Achilles tendon problem in the past, it is especially important to try to prevent another injury. To help prevent injury, try to:

  • Warm up and stretch. Before any sport or intense activity, gradually warm up your body by doing 5 to 10 minutes of walking or biking, and then do stretching exercises. Calf and plantar fascia stretches slideshow.gif will stretch the Achilles tendon area. More general stretches slideshow.gif target other muscles, such as the hamstrings and groin.
  • Cool down and do more stretching. After intense activity, gradually cool down with about 5 minutes of easy jogging, walking, or biking, and 5 minutes of stretches.
  • Avoid any sport or intense activity that you are not in condition to do.
  • Wear shoes that cushion your heel during sports or any strenuous activity.
  • Wear heel pads or other orthotics that are designed to reduce stress on the Achilles tendon.
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Last Updated: January 03, 2013
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