Common Ways to Injure Your Achilles Tendon
Injuries to the Achilles tendon, the tissue that connects the calf muscles to the heel bone, involve partial and complete tears (also called rupture) of the tendon. It’s not an uncommon injury—whether on the sports field or simply during everyday activities.
Here’s a look at some of the common ways people tend to tear their Achilles.
• Overuse: Athletes who put repeated stress on their ankles can have a greater risk of tearing their Achilles. This includes runners; gymnasts; dancers; and people who play sports like football, baseball, softball basketball, tennis, and volleyball.
• Not stretching well. If you don’t stretch your calves regularly, it can be more at risk of tears when you put stress on it or stretch it during activity.
• Weak calf muscles. If your calf muscles are not strong enough to support your ankles as you move, your Achilles may be at greater risk of a tear.
• Flat feet. Flat, as opposed to arched feet, place more stress on your Achilles tendons.
• Wearing high heels often. High heels stress your tendons.
• Not easing into physical activity. If you start to exercise aggressively after a long break, your Achilles might not be ready for the stress.
Though your Achilles can be prone to injury if you participate in certain activities or have risk factors, an Orthopaedic surgeon can repair it with surgery. Contact us for more information.