The Sports Doctor: Achilles injuries in football players
A large majority of the football players we are presently evaluating are complaining of heel pain associated with Achilles tendonitis. Injuries like this disturb the normal function of the body parts.
If one part is injured, the other parts compensate for it, which may set off a chain reaction of additional injuries. The Achilles tendon of the lower extremity is subject to continued trauma with overuse. This powerful heel cord-tendon attaches to the back of the heel bone from the calf muscle.
Quick starts that are required in football, along with lack of conditioning, often cause injury. One must stretch the back muscles (calf and Achilles tendon) before the practice or game as well as after. The body needs dynamic muscle balance and good biomechanical foot control in order to limit overuse injuries.
Do not ignore the warning signs of stiffness, sleeplessness and generalized overuse and fatigue, as your body will become less able to protect itself once these symptoms appear. The best treatment is preventive measures.
With the onset of injury, the normal functions of the joints are impaired. The main goal is to try to preserve joint motion to keep the individual mobile. This is done doing rehabilitation therapy that will increase the joint range of motion, decrease swelling and break down muscle spasm.
When adequate inflammation has decreased, it is then advisable to approach the use of biomechanics, which has particular value in treating problems that are directly or indirectly caused by abnormal motion and mechanics of the feet.
After that, move into an exercise program to increase blood supply to the area.