Achilles tendinopathy How does it affect the Triathlete?

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Are you a triathlete and present pain in the heel when you wake up in the morning? Do you have discomfort in the Achilles tendon after training? It could be an Achilles tendinopathy, but what is it and how is it produced? 

Our collaborator Healthing, tells us in this article how the triathlete affects the Achilles tendinopathy , an injury that affects the Achilles tendon.

Achilles tendinopathy is one of the most frequent injuries due to overuse of the athletes.

It is a degenerative pathology that affects the Achilles tendon and that can also come accompanied by symptoms and signs of inflammatory type.

The Achilles tendon is the most voluminous, strong and powerful organism, characteristics that give it a high capacity to withstand high stress loads during jumping and running exercises.

This tendon connects the triceps sural (formed by the twins and the soleus) con the calcaneus bone and has the ability to develop a high percentage of the flexor power of the ankle.

Achilles Tendinopathy Treatment

The causes

The main causes of the appearance of this pathology are due to small tears in the fibers that form said tendon and that due to different factors, failed repair processes generating an engrading of the same, in addition to an irregular structure, the new neovascularization of the tendon being one of the main causes of the appearance of pain.

The appearance of said pain, which tends to affect the most central part of it, although sometimes it can be a pain more insertional, usually gradual, Beginning with pain in the mornings or after training. This process can become worse and worse if it is not treated properlyto generate an increase in symptoms and longer periods of pain that can be very limiting even when walking.

Some of the factors that can help in the development of this pathology can be, among others:

  • Una incorrect technique of career
  • Periods of very short breaks between different workouts
  • Exchanges in the Training Type (speed, surface, distance)
  • Alterations in the biomechanics of the lower limbs,
  • Inadequate footwear

The treatment

this pathology requires a good differential diagnosis, in addition to a specific treatment on said tendon, in which they will be combined manual therapy techniques, osteopathy, thermotherapy, Stretching and eccentric and isometric exercises. In the most persistent cases we will use percutaneous electrolysis ecoguided even shock waves.

In addition to all the previous treatment, it is very important focus on eliminating the cause or causes that caused it. For example, we will review the training plan To see if it is the most suitable for each triathlete, if necessary we would also make a biomechanical career analysis, shoe revision and / or templates from the chiropody area ...

Do not continue to endure that pain, in Healthing we can help you solve it.

Where are we?

Healthing, Calle Serrano, 61. 4th floor.

Phone:  (+34) 91 426 29 24



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