Most importantly the physician that performed the repair must give the go-ahead for exercise of any kind following a repair of the achilles tendon. The musculature of the posterior lower leg is very strong and can generate an extreme amount of force. Insuring that the healing process is complete is critical. Following the release of the physician, the most important initial goal is a pain free range of motion so flexibility of the gastroc/soleus complex is prescribed but needs to be monitored by the appropriate certified and licensed health care professional. Following range of motion work then strengthening the gastroc/soleus complex is necessary but also in direct supervision so that a failure of the repair doesn’t happen.
John P. Fritz, DPM
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What exercises can help after Achilles tendon repair?
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Does Achilles tendonitis affect children?
Achilles tendonitis is rarely seen in children or teenagers. Often times kids (usually ages 9-13) develop heel pain that may be misdiagnosed as Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis. Their pain is usually coming from the growth plate because of overuse, growth spurts and inflammation. This is called Severs disease (similar to Osgood-Schlatters seen in the knee) and is usually easily treated by a sports medicine specialist.
How can wearing high heels hurt my feet?
Michael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredCalluses, corns, ingrown toenails and hammertoes all result from cramming feet into steeply arched, unpadded shoes that force the foot forward. This can also irritate nerves on the ball of the foot, triggering neuromas. Despite the discomfort—or downright agony—many women continue to wear high heels and other painful shoes, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association. Unfortunately, once the feet go, so does physical activity. Can you guess what's right behind (or about to be on your behind)? That's right: weight gain.
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