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Achilles tendon pain is one of the most common and persistent running injuries. Many runners experience Achilles tendon pain after particularly long or hard runs. It usually hurts as you start running and then warms up and starts to feel better, only to feel more painful the next day. Achilles pain can often persist for years and years. In response, many runners gradually reduce their running volume or switch to shorter races to “avoid damaging their tendon”.
Myles Murphy is a Sports Physiotherapist and Ph.D. candidate at The University of Notre Dame, Australia. His Ph.D. focus is investigating rehabilitation strategies for Achilles tendon pain (aka Achilles Tendinopathy or Achilles Tendonitis). Myles has done a lot of work reviewing the current evidence on Achilles tendon rehabilitation. He joins me on the show today to help shed some light on the current best-practice for Achilles tendinopathy rehabilitation. This episode is packed full of practical advice for runners suffering from Achilles problems.
Cool Stuff Mentioned in the show:
- La Trobe Sport & Exercise Medicine Research Centre (LASEM) on Facebook @latrobesemrc and Twitter @LaTrobeSEM
Here are a couple of posts in which I demonstrate some of the exercises we discussed in the show…
Discussed in the show…
- Eccentric exercises don’t fully resolve Achilles pain
- Less running doesn’t help Achilles pain
- Rest days improve Achilles pain with running
- Ultrasound scans showing Achilles tendon changes don’t dictate symptoms
- How to fix Achilles tendon pain