If you have pain in your ankle or foot, you know how debilitating it can be. If this pain persists, you may find yourself missing out on activities you once enjoyed doing.
What Is Achilles Tendinitis?
Your achilles tendon is a banded tissue that connects your heel bone to your calf muscle. This tendon is particularly important for the range of motion in your feet and legs. It’s used for day-to-day activities like walking and running. This is the largest and strongest tendon in the body. It not only works during locomotion, but is integral to balance and stance.
It is commonly thought that if you overuse your achilles tendon, you can develop tendinitis. Tendinitis in your achilles may also be caused by increased use in a short period of time. If you increase the intensity of your workouts or activity without giving your body time to adjust, it can lead to strain in that area. But all this means is that the body must heal damaged tendon molecules. Without enough time or enough building blocks to do that healing, it won’t.
If you have achilles tendinitis, you may also experience signs of inflammation in that region, along with pain, and a sense of stiffness or tenderness.
Because the tendon is connective tissue that’s designed to stretch, you may notice these symptoms more frequently in the morning after your tendon has been inactive for several hours. Actually, problems with the Achilles tendon are typically due to deposits of monster proteins that are formed during life and from our diets. These proteins are formed when there is excess glucose around collagen. Collagen is the proteins integral to tendons. The glucose bonds to the amino groups in the collagen and forms what are known as advanced glycation end products AGEs; these are the monster proteins. AGEs are the result of internal browning, or toasting of our tissues. They are a direct result of too much sugar in the system. When AGEs deposit onto tendons they reduce elasticity, cause thickening and pain, increase chronic inflammation and increase oxidation of the structural molecules that form the tendon. All of this leads to what you know as ‘tendinitis’.
Lowering Your Risk of Achilles Tendinitis
There are risk factors to developing achilles tendinitis. A few of these risk factors you can’t prevent, like age, sex, and certain medical conditions.
However, there are risk factors that can be lowered through daily decision making. These include physical concerns like obesity and tight muscles. The more strain that’s put on your tendon, the less likely it will function most efficiently. The more ultra processed foods that you eat and the more sugar added to your diet, the more AGEs and the worse off your tendons will be.
You can lower these risk factors through diet and exercise that reduces strain and inflammation. Diets like the Mediterranean Diet are a great way to reduce inflammation naturally. Stretching your calf muscle through gentle exercise like yoga is another way to relieve strain on your achilles tendon. STretch also induces mechanical receptors to act and these assist in repairing the extracellular matrix of the tendons.
This approach to lowering your risk of achilles tendinitis can also help you make better training choices. You’ll want to pace yourself when starting a new exercise routine and not push your body too hard. More importantly, avoid the energy bar with added sugar.
Exercising in warm weather as opposed to cold weather can also help reduce strain, along with warm-ups that loosen your tendon, along with other muscles and connective tissue.
If you find that your achilles is tight and causing you discomfort, you may also consider The Healing Sole.
Rocker Bottom Shoes Help Achilles Health
Your achilles tendon is part of the connective tissue that enables you to walk. If the tendon is tight, and you’re experiencing symptoms of inflammation or tendinitis in that region, it can hurt your ability to work, exercise, or carry out other day to day activities.
A rocker bottom sole, like the one featured in Dr. Warner’s Healing Sole sandals, can help stretch that tendon, along with other elements of the foot, like your plantar fascia. This is what the design is meant to do for you; it allows for a gentle stretch that is ongoing through the use of the shoe.
It works by rocking the foot forward, creating a gentle stretch from the heel cord to your toes with each step.
As the rocker bottom works to relieve tightness in the heel cord, it’s also reducing pain and improving your chances of a better recovery.
All styles of the Healing Sole feature a rocker bottom - the perfect way to stretch a tired or overworked achilles tendon.
Just a few hours of wear in the morning and evening can help to relieve pain and, as our customer Donna Costello shared, can “help your quality of life like nothing else has.”
Are you still on the fence? We want to help make your choice easy. That’s why we offer a 30-day satisfaction guarantee so that you can make sure The Healing Sole works for you. Give your flip flops 7-14 days to break-in. Wear them first thing when you wake up and at the end of your day to allow any sensitivity to melt away. Our footwear will mold to your individual foot shape and walking pattern and aid in recovery after a long day on your feet, after a workout, or on-the-go. If you don’t find relief, simply return them to us within 30 days for a refund.
Please remember, this shoe is designed to promote optimal foot health through natural healing. This is a great way to maintain foot health regardless of the amount of pain relief one may feel.
We also offer size exchanges within 14 days of receiving your shoes. Process exchanges or returns here on our website or contact our customer service team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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