Achilles Tendonitis

While it’s better than being shot with an arrow like the Greek Achilles, the pain from Achilles Tendonitis can feel like that happened. Unfortunately, it’s another one of the common running/walking related injuries occurring during distance training. This week, Dr. Christine Major from Active Living Chiropractic shares more info about this ailment.

From Dr. Major:

Achilles tendinopathy is also referred to as Achilles tendonitis or tendonosis, depending on whether or not inflammation is present. Pain, tenderness, and swelling near the Achilles tendon region at the back of the ankle are hallmarks of this condition. The pain often increases when you push off your toes.

Similar to other running injuries, Achilles tendinopathy is caused by overuse, which results in irritation and, eventually, inflammation of the tendon. Risk factors for developming the condition include: increasing training volume too quickly, training on hills too often, having low arches/flat feet, overpronating, obesity, tight calf muscles with fascial adhesions, and tight inner thigh (adductor) muscles. If left untreated, the condition can weaken the tendon, predisposing it to tearing.

Increasing your mileage gradually, especially when running hills, can help prevent Achilles tendinopathy. Warming up properly before heading out on your run, as well as keeping your calves strong and limber, are important, too. Orthotics that elevate the heel, which reduce tension on the tendon, can decrease the discomfort associated with this condition.


Dr. Christine Major
Active Living Chiropractic has two locations in Beaverton and Hillsboro providing the most scientifically evidence-based care in a relaxed, warm, and caring atmosphere. Active Living Chiropractic is a team of healthcare professionals that recognizes that every patient is unique. Dr. Anita LeBlanc, Dr. Justin Jelen, Dr. Christine Major, and Dr. Guillermo Bermudez believe in working in partnership with their clients to achieve optimal health and peak performance.