Why Is My Achilles Sore When I Run?

Have you started, or got back into, running due to self-isolation? Maybe your gym is closed and you’re desperate for other ways to keep fit. Does your Achilles now feel a bit sore or tender, especially in the morning, but improves upon activity? Well this may be caused by overload of the Achilles tendon.

Potentially, an overloaded tendon can lead to Achilles tendinitis if it isn’t managed properly. It is suggested to visit a Podiatrist or doctor if Achilles pain is severe, as there’s a high chance you may have ruptured your Achilles tendon. A ruptured Achillies can require surgery so getting your injury assessed is important.

Causes And Risk Factors

  • Repetitive strain on the Achilles tendon
  • Sudden increase in activity levels (eg. running, walking or jumping)
  • Tight calves
  • Obesity
  • Unsupportive runners
  • Running on hills
  • More common as you age
  • Occurs in men commonly

 

How Do I Prevent Achilles Tendinitis?

  • Monitor Activity Levels:
    Gradually increase the intensity and duration of running.
  • Running Surfaces:
    Avoid hard surfaces (eg. concrete) and try to run on softer surfaces (eg. grass or gravel) to reduce stress placed on the Achilles tendon.
  • Footwear:
    It’s vital to wear supportive runners if you have Achilles tendinitis that cater to your foot and biomechanics. The best solution is to get fitted up at a speciality running store (eg. Active Feet or Athletes Foot) or getting assessed by a podiatrist at Boost Health Collective.
  • Stretch And Strengthen The Calves:
    Strong calves allows the Achilles tendon to tolerate bigger forces that are exerted upon running. Remember to stretch calves in the morning, before and after exercises to prevent Achilles tendinitis.
  • Cross- Training:
    Incorporate cross-training activities as they are lower impact (eg. swimming or cycling) into your training program. These activities will work out different muscles and tendons to decrease the risk of injuries.

Achilles pain shouldn’t be taken lightly as it could lead to unfavourable outcomes. The Achilles tendon is the biggest and strongest tendon in the human body so it will definitely cause a ripple effect if it isn’t looked after properly. To get further help, contact us at Boost Health Collective and the Podiatrists are always happy to help you out!

What our clients are saying about us

Bree BrittBree Britt
05:41 22 May 24
Mehar was fabulous! Not only was she warm, welcoming and funny, but professional and thorough.From the moment I walked in I felt well supported. She was able to identify what was going on, factoring in older ailments, and provide me with a treatment plan and options.Her focus was on sustainable changes and support moving forward, and I had a written plan and clear explanations and clarifications on everything. I never felt like she was encouraging me to need to come back unnecessarily.It took a few visits, and each time was met with the same warmth and professionalism. I got consistent progress and feel so much better now, even though it's a few months on from when I last saw her.It's very clear she is wonderful at what she does, thinks about the whole person and I would definitely recommend her to others considering needing podiatry support.
Rose StewartRose Stewart
02:32 14 May 24
The whole client therapist experience has been amazing. My Myotherapist provided me with a detailed plan to ensure my progress to meet my goals as well as addressing my issues of pain.Each follow up session is reviewed, discussed and any changes added/deleted or modified.The timely reminders and follow up from the clinic and experience with the Client Experience Officers have been always polite and friendly.
Patrick MonahanPatrick Monahan
00:37 13 May 24
Mehar Sandhu has been an absolute delight. She is very professional in her treatment and most personable and friendly to deal with.
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03:13 10 May 24
Ezyk ArtistEzyk Artist
00:07 19 Apr 24
I've been coming here exclusively since my first consultation. I've had constant shoulder and arm pain from my line of work; the exercises my physio, Carina provided are easy to remember, not time consuming and super effective!Bonus: the space feels super clean and calming - highly recommend coming here
Natasha KhongNatasha Khong
23:58 22 Mar 24
I had a great experience here. The gym was well equipped and the atmosphere of the clinic was amazing. I had Carina, who was very knowledgeable about my injury and helped construct a great solution plan! Her manner was beautiful and she had great energy. Definitely recommend!
Annabel ChandlerAnnabel Chandler
20:28 14 Mar 24
I’ve been seeing Talia for a few weeks now for treatment on my shoulder bursitis. From day 1 she was great! She explained everything about my condition to me and what she wanted to do which helped me visualise my own recovery. Could not recommend her enough.
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