Things that increase your
Achilles tendinopathy or
Sports and physical activity. Overuse and
repeated movements can cause injury and weaken the Achilles tendon. Playing
sports increases the risk of an injury. Activities at work
(such as in construction) and at home (such as gardening) may also increase
Sports training errors. Not warming up before running or other activities or suddenly changing your training program
can increase your risk for injury. Increasing your distance, running uphill
more often, or changing your ground surfaces too quickly can increase your risk. Decreased flexibility may also increase the risk of tendon problems.
Age. As you age, the blood supply to the Achilles
tendon area decreases. Most cases of Achilles tendinopathy or rupture occur in
people older than 30.
Weight. If you are very heavy, you have a greater
Being male. Men are more likely than women to have
an Achilles tendon injury.
Footwear. You may increase your risk if you wear shoes that are worn out, that do not support your feet, or that do not cushion your heel.