Foot problems happen to over 75% of Americans; even so, don’t let this be your Achilles’ heel…
According to recent studies, most foot problems are caused by pain in the heel of the foot, affecting approximately 2 million Americans today. The most adverse is Achilles Tendonitis which is an injury of the Achilles tendon. This tendon can be ruptured in severe cases, which usually happens to professional athletes that are involved in strenuous sports that requires explosive acceleration or jumping. However, to the common athlete, a sore Achilles is probably the problem at hand.
A sore Achilles can be caused by running, jumping, pushing up on your toes, or even something as ordinary as walking!
No matter what form of physical activities you do, getting a sore Achilles is always possible because it is all in the way you land. Continuously landing on the forefoot and putting all the weight on the Achilles tendon is sure to do the trick.
Unfortunately, injuries to the Achilles tendon are one of the hardest injuries to overcome, but in this day and age of advances in the healthcare field, nothing is impossible. One of the reasons it is so hard to get over a sore Achilles is the inelasticity of the tendon. If an already-sore Achilles tendon is continuously used without rest, it is unable to heal.
Rest alone will not necessarily result in a completely healed Achilles. Because it has a slow blood flow, a new technique to overcome this and speed up the healing process has been recently discovered known as the Platelet-rich Plasma Therapy, or PRPT. Platelet-rich plasma contains growth components necessary to repair tissue. PRPT uses drawn blood from the patient that then sits until the growth factors are concentrated, until finally being injected back into the patient at the problem area. If the Achilles is still sore after this therapy, talk to your physical therapist because your Achilles might have a tear in it. In this case, the only solution to overcome it would be surgery.