Often, a loving couple that is always together is said to be “attached at the hip.” Well, your Achilles and heel are attached all right, but while they usually work well together, sometimes there’s not a lot of love between them!
Just as relationships between people can get strained or go through a rough patch, so can the relationship between your Achilles and heel. When a tear occurs, for instance, they are no longer inseparable!
In the case of a rupture, your Achilles and heel basically break up with each other, but not to worry – we can help them get back together! Like any relationship worth saving, this takes time and patience. Typically, a surgical procedure is necessary, followed by physical therapy.
The tough band of tissues that make up the Achilles tendon can also become inflamed, which causes the back of your heel to hurt. This tendinitis pain is most often due to overuse, so instead of a kiss and some flowers, you’ll need to mend the relationship with rest and ice!
Sometimes it’s an outside source that causes a tiff between your Achilles and heel—namely ill-fitting shoes. Bursitis can occur where the tendon and heel bone meet, and things can get a little tense. Luckily, though, it’s nothing that a little ice and a switch in footwear can’t fix.
In the end, your Achilles and heel are meant to be together – their relationship is what allows you to jump, step, stand, and move! So, you need to keep them happy with prevention and protection. Make sure that you stretch regularly, warm up before workouts, and wear shoes that fit well and are appropriate for the activity. Take these precautions, and your Achilles and heel should live happily ever after.
If they should need any help, though, just give us a call. You can reach us in Round Rock or Cedar Park, TX by calling (512) 593-2949. We’d love to be of assistance!