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Preventing Achilles Tendon Injuries

The New Year will be here before we all know it, so hopefully you are already thinking about your resolutions! Health-based ones are the most popular, especially those to start exercising or working out more frequently. Here in Las Vegas, resolute individuals can take advantage of the Clark County Parks & Recreation Department’s Adult Sports offerings to become more physically active.

If you are going to participate in recreational sports, you should know the steps you can take to prevent an Achilles tendon injury. This is important because a vast majority of Achilles tendinitis and Achilles tendon ruptures happen during athletic participation, especially when performed by “weekend warriors” – the men and women who are not particularly active during the week, but then play in intense pick-up basketball games or recreational flag football leagues on the weekends.

We want you to stay safe and enjoy your favorite sports, and the good news is that preventative measures reduce your injury risk! Tips to help you head off a tendon injury include:

Stretch your lower leg muscles. Staying limber will help keep the tendon from being so tight that it is damaged from stretching too far during physical activity.

Ease into activity. Trying to do “too much, too soon” is a recipe for injury. When starting a new workout regimen, start at low levels of intensity and duration and slowly build them up over time.

Exercise regularly. Avoid falling into the “weekend warrior” trap by taking at least 30 minutes 3-4 times during the week to engage in physical activity.

Cross-train. If your workout is based solely on high-impact activities, switch some of the sessions out for low-impact (swimming, cycling) ones.

Naturally, the hope is that you will be able to prevent an Achilles tendon injury. Unfortunately, it is virtually impossible to take away all injury risk when performing physical activity. The good news, though, is that Absolute Foot Care Specialists is here to provide the treatment you need to get you back on the courts, fields, and running trails in the shortest possible amount of time.

Contact our Las Vegas, NV podiatry office to receive treatment for any foot or ankle issue that is causing you problems. Our foot doctors are experienced, skilled, and ready to help take away the pain and restore functionality, so schedule your appointment online today or give us a call at (702) 839-2010 for more information.

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