Fall is a great time to take advantage of the incredible New England beauty. As leaves turn colors, hiking in iconic places like Sleeping Giant State Park is a fun way to be active and enjoy the season. Of course, hiking does put a lot of strain on your Achilles tendon, particularly if you are not normally a very active person. Extra strain can put you at risk for issues like Achilles tendinitis—however, you shouldn’t resign yourself to tendon pain when you go out hiking. You can take steps to prevent Achilles tendinitis and protect your lower limbs over all.
Achilles tendinitis is a problem with irritation and inflammation in your tendon. This makes it painful to walk, which can obviously limit your activities. If you’re normally sedentary and not an active, athletic person, you’re at risk for tendon issues when you are active because your Achilles isn’t conditioned to handle the sudden increase in strain. However, some preventative measures can make a difference.
It’s fairly easy to add basic Achilles care to your daily routines to help you avoid painful tendon issues in the future. Here are a few things you can do:
- Wear the right shoes – Shoes that cushion and support your feet reduce the strain on your Achilles when you walk and hike.
- Stretch your Achilles – Every day, take a few minutes to stretch out your Achilles tendon and calf muscles. Simple wall stretches or heel drops can make a big difference.
- Don’t overdo it – When you are active, don’t push yourself to hard or too far. You have to build up your tendon’s abilities.
- Work your calves at home – You can easily do calf strengthening exercises while you sit at your computer or just walking around your house. Try heel raises and toe walking.
Don’t take your Achilles for granted. It’s such an important factor in your ability to walk around. Take care of your tendon now, before the pain has a chance to ruin your family’s fall outing. If you’re not sure how to care for your Achilles, or you’re already living with some pain, let our specialists at Family Foot Care & Surgery, LLC help you today. You can reach us for a consultation through our web request forms, or by calling our offices in Milford and Hamden, CT: (203) 876-7736 for our Milford office, or (203) 288-4055 for our Hamden location.