All About Achilles Tendon Injuries

Although many people think Achilles tendon injuries only happens to athletes, the truth is quite different. Injuring this tendon can happen to anyone at any time. As the largest tendon in your body, it is prone to accidents and mishaps.

If you have to pivot or do things quickly at a stop and start pace, you could be at risk.

Still, many people who suffer from these injuries are athletes. The sports they play include tennis and basketball as well as football and baseball. The injuries generally occur in any sport or activity where a person has to push off like sprinting.


It’s an everyday injury too

However, athletes aren’t the only people who can suffer through an Achilles tendon injury. The tendon can be stressed by wearing high heels. If you’ve got fallen arches or what’s called flat feet you could be susceptible. Certain medicines can even make you more likely to have one of these injuries and sometimes your leg muscles and tendons are just too tightly wound.


What to look for

As you might already have suspected, pain is the number one symptom of one of these Achilles tendon injuries. Stretching and standing on your toes aggravates the tendon and causes discomfort in your heel. If you tear your tendon, you’ll more than likely hear a snapping or popping noise.


What to do

This type of injury can take some time to heal. It’s best if you come to see us so we can recommend strengthening and stretching exercises as well as the treatments you might need. It’s our priority to be sure each and every one of our patients feels comfortable and gets the care they need.

It’s important our elderly patients know that getting immediate care for Achilles tendon injuries is important so they can maintain their mobility and freedom. If you can’t come and see us right away, there are a few things you can do in the meantime. To help the healing process along you can:

  • Put ice on the injury temporarily. Usually 20 minutes at a time is a good interval to keep the swelling down.
  • An elastic bandage around the tendon and lower leg also helps.
  • Propping your leg up on a pillow is another good idea.

Remember, Orthotics is one of the specialties that we offer our valued clients. The gait corrections that we provide are industry-leading and we also have surgical correction of deformed toes and joints services.

Finding The Right Shoe

There’s some new evidence that finding the right shoe is more important than ever in our province and that the government is listening. By passing the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, the Ontario government has placed a ban on employers forcing workers to wear high heels on the job.

Even though the legislation is about gender discrimination, we’ve always felt finding the right shoe is important. That’s why we’ve put together some tips on finding the perfect pair that are healthy and comfortable.


Shoes for Children

Children should always start with the right shoe. Of course expensive loafers and running shoes aren’t needed in the infant stages. However, for warmth and protection it’s a good idea to keep socks or booties on their little feet.

As they grow, your child can walk around in bare feet inside. It helps them to get a feel for how their feet work and strengthens the muscles and arches needed. When it comes time to buy your toddler their first pair of shoes, there are some special considerations.

You want them to develop good stabilization and balance from an early age. A low cut sneaker is the best choice here.

Checking their feet on a regular basis helps to find the right size shoe as they grow.


Shoes for Men

The best way for men to get a good pair of well fitting shoes is to look for ones that conform to the shape of their feet. It’s important for guys to look for softer soles if they walk long distances for work or pleasure.


Shoes For Women

Women’s shoes that fit well have a different approach. The high heels that were mentioned earlier in this blog can cause corns as well as hammer toes over time. Shoes with higher heels in general can even cause back and knee pain.

Women should keep in mind that the higher the heel, the more chance for some kind of deformity. However, if a toe box comes with the shoe, the pressure on your foot will be lessened.

Regardless of whether you’re looking for a higher or lower heel, women should always be checking for ample room in the toe box.


Athletic Shoes

It’s important to remember that the athletic shoes made today are tailored to each individual sport. That’s why if you’re looking to get a pair of properly fitting shoes, you should go to a location that caters to the sport you’re interested in.