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Achilles Tendonitis in a Runner: How to Prevent It - by San Francisco Sports Medicine Podiatrist

According to Greek mythology, when Achilles was born his mother tried to make him immortal by dipping him in the river Styx. However, when she dipped him in, she forgot the spot on the heel she held him by, which left one small area unprotected. In the end, Achilles was struck by an arrow in his vulnerable heel and was killed. Achilles shares his vulnerability with the rest of us entirely mortal runners, and that is why the tendon which connects the calf muscles to the heel bone bears his name today. The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the entire human body and is very strong, but it is also the tendon we rupture the most often. Anyone who is active can suffer from Achilles tendonitis, a common overuse injury and inflammation of the tendon.

Do I Have a Stress Fracture?

It’s a warm afternoon and Kendra is out for a run.  Not a long run, just a few miles, a moderate pace.  She has been training religiously.  After work she likes to run along the Marina Green. There is something serene about the sound the boats, the wind off the Bay. The prefect way to leave the stress of work behind, and think about her upcoming marathon. Visualizing the finish, picturing in her mind’s eye the finish clock; just ahead of her goal time, getting that medal, all the work paid off.  Suddenly her day-dreaming is interrupted by a vague ache in her left foot. It seems in perfect cadence with the sound of that foot hitting the sidewalk. She wonders what happened.  It isn’t bad though, and she finishes her run. 

Runner's: Don't Let Heel Pain Slow You Down

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Pain in the bottom of the heel is common complaint in runners. Actually, heel pain is common in all people.  40% of all visits to podiatrists in the U.S. are because of heel pain.  Of all of the different causes of heel pain, the vast majority is due to a condition known as plantar fasciitis.  This is the most frequent cause of pain on the bottom of the heel and is an inflammation in the band of tissue (the plantar fascia) that runs from the heel to the toes. This condition is most often caused by a tight achilles tendon or poor foot structure such as overly flat feet or high arches. It can also be caused by wearing non-supportive footwear on hard surfaces, spending long hours on your feet, or obesity. 

Can Orthotics Make Me Run Faster?

Your running biomechanics are unique to you.  No one has your fingerprints, personality, or running style. Running more efficiently with custom orthotics can conserve energy and get you to the finish line faster, but... not everyone needs custom orthotics.

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