Preventing Achilles tendonitis may be possible if you take the right precautions. The key is how you condition your tendon. Begin any new activity slowly, so your Achilles can learn to adjust and accommodate the increased stress over time. Try cross-training with low-impact activities as well, to help your tendons build strength without the hard shocks. Make sure you wear supportive shoes that appropriately stabilize your arches and cushion your soles.
You should also stretch and strengthen your calf muscles as part of your daily routine. First thing in the morning and after exercising, do wall or runner’s stretches to loosen your calves and manage your flexibility. Perform calf raises and other similar motions to help condition your tendons. If you do develop Achilles tendonitis, don’t wait to seek treatment. Contact Dr. Darren Silvester at Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic in Pleasanton, TX, for an appointment. Call (830) 569-3338 or use our website request form to reach us.