Achilles Tendinitis creates discomfort in your Achilles Tendon, the largest tendon in the human body. The Achilles Tendon connects the calf muscle to your heel and is key for any type of walking, running or jumping movements.
Achilles Tendinitis is typically the result of repetitive stress, or overuse, not a specific injury. If left untreated, it can become very painful and lead other injuries. When you first experience symptoms, reduce your physical activity, stay off your feet as much as possible, and rest. If the area is swollen, elevate your feet and apply an ice pack. If the pain increases and/or persists, contact your doctor.
Common Factors of Achilles Tendinitis
Tight Calf Muscles
Increased Intensity of Activity
Symptoms of Achilles Tendinitis
Pain and stiffness along the Achilles tendon in the morning
Pain along the tendon or back of the heel that worsens with activity
Severe pain the day after exercising
Thickening of the tendon
Swelling that is present all the time and gets worse throughout the day with activity
How Kinesiology Tape can help your Achilles Tendinitis
There are plenty of non-surgical treatments for Achilles Tendinitis, such as cortisone injections, physical therapy or simple rest, but if your looking for an alternative method to help Achilles Tendinitis (and avoid the surgeon’s knife) kinesiology tape might be your answer.
Mueller® Kinesiology Tape is a stretchy therapeutic tape featuring innovative “wave pattern ” adhesive for better performance and comfort. Better yet, it can be worn for several days per application.
By microscopically lifting the skin from the muscle, kinesiology tape can help improving circulation and alleviate pain. In turn, it leads to an increased range of motion so you can continue doing the things you love.
Watch this kinesiology taping technique for Achilles Tendinitis.