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Pain is getting worse(4 posts)

Pain is getting worseMr Nick
Aug 27, 2003 5:41 PM
I have had moderate achilles tendon pain since my Sunday group ride. (40 miles) Today at work it suddenly got worse and if I move my toes up or down too much a sharp prolonged pain shoots through my leg until I can get the foot back in the right position. I tried to do some searches on achilles tendon pain but only found posts about people who had their seats too high which caused them pain. Nothing about what should be done to help the situation. So I was hoping you guys had some incite:

1) Is achilles tendong pain similar to sore muscles and just needs a little rest?

2) Do you keep riding and work through the pain?

3) How long has the pain lasted for some people?

Any info would be great.
Here's some advicegildomilo
Aug 27, 2003 5:54 PM
The pain in your achilles can be related to other tendons in the foot. I was born with Bi-latteral clubbed feet aka achilles tendons that are too short. I was fortunate enough to have corrective surgery early enough in life that I can walk fine and do anything I could ever image, heck my feet look as normal as anyone else's. One side affect of the surgery is tendonitis.
I do not suffer from it as much as I did when I was in grammar school(25 now).

I would soak my feet in epsom salts or something similar and hot water. This warms up your foot muscles and allows them to stretch.

I also took a whole bunch of vitamin I (Advil) and elevated my feet at night.

One good way to stretch them out is to walk on your heels and point your toes up. Walk back and forth across a room a couple times. Doing ham string stretches also seemed to help. Above all the Vitamin I and elevating my feet worked best.

Good luck if it doesn't get better in a few days I'd see a dr.
re: Pain is getting worsedivve
Aug 27, 2003 8:30 PM
I used to get it once in a blue moon as a teenager while making a jump shot in basket ball. I don't know if your pain is as sharp and severe...I couldn't even stand on my injured side afterward. The only thing that helped in my case was rest. No loading for the first 10 days for sure and afterward only very easy exercise and light stretching. If you load it too soon the pain will come back immediately and you're almost back to square one. I think on average it took 4-6 weeks to completely heal and for me to feel confident again, without the fear of risking injury. BTW, treatment may be more advanced these days compared to 20 years ago:)
Some stuff that's helped me.dzrider
Aug 29, 2003 5:53 AM
I've had problems at the bottom of the tendon over the years including surgery in 1984. The problems seem to be worst when my toe is pointed and/or stuck in one place for long periods of time. The heels seldom hurt while riding, but often hurt running on days after long or hard rides. Here's a few things that ease the pains.

1. Toe presses after riding. Standing on one foot on the bottom step, I let my heel drop as low as I can and then push up as high as I can on my toe. I approach the exercise more as a ballistic stretch than resistance training.

2. Earth shoes. I know they're expensive and geeky, but they do seem to help keep the tendon loose thru the day.

3. Ankling and keeping the weight on the inside of my foot so I don't allow my ankle to turn to the outside while pedalling.

4. Fixed cleats. Float seems to bother me more especially on the fixie where I stand more.