3 Unorthodox Exercises To Eliminate Achilles Pain
Achilles pain is a common injury amongst runners which can take weeks to heal if not treated properly. The Achilles is a large tendon which connects the two major calf muscles to the back of the heel bone. If this is placed under too much stress, it can cause a tear or rupture which in some serious cases are “career ending”.
However, don’t panic just yet. There a number of things you can do in order to make sure the healing process goes smoothly. First, you need to critically analyze your performance – do you have poor movement pattern? Or wearing the wrong footwear? Once you have identified the root of the problem, be sure to try these exercises over at Breaking Muscle which can help alleviate Achilles pain:
Self-Myofascial Release Of Calves And Feet
You can use a foam roller or lacrosse ball for this, and simply work on rolling out your calves, similar to any other foam rolling you do. One of my favorite things to do when people find a sore spot is to have them keep the roller or lacrosse ball on that point, and then make circles with their ankles. Try it, and you will see why I love it so much.
Dynamic Calf Stretch
This is a simple stretch that gets you using and stretching your entire posterior chain. Simply get into a downward dog position and hook one foot on the opposite leg. Then, drop your knee to the ground, and back, really trying to get your heel to touch the ground. You should feel a pretty big stretch in the calves with this. Repeat eight to ten times per leg.
So there you have it, just a few home remedies you can do in order to prevent Achilles pain. Remember, seeking professional help is always a smart move as they can steer you in the right direction when it comes to symptom management.
About Matt Lawson Matt Lawson is a UK based sports journalist who covers all the latest football (soccer) news and matches for the Press Association. A keen Newcastle United fan, Matt is usually found either watching or playing the beautiful game.