Achilles Heel...

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by PHSTennis, Apr 24, 2004.

  1. PHSTennis

    PHSTennis Semi-Pro

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    Im I vulvernable? my shoes die really fast... Im a fast mover, Im 16 weigh about 130 and have played for 2 years I play 6 days a week 2-3 hours a day, sometimes my heel hurts where the achilles are on both foot... when I sat down one day I got up and I could barely walk... I dont want to pull it... think I have it? It hurts when i get bend my ankle foward with my hand... but it doesnt effect my game. Any help? thanks :roll:
     
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  2. Phil

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    Take a breath, there, kid. Suggest resting it; take a week off, and if it still hurts, see a doctor for a real diagnosis. You will not receive a proper diagnosis of your condition just by describing the symptoms on an Internet chatboard.
     
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  3. Bungalo Bill

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    See a doctor, dont ask us.
     
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  4. tylerchadwick

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    hey bud, this sucks. I'm 22 and have had the same problem for since i was 16. I lived in a small town and played football, basketball, track, and golf since I can remember. Since track season from my sophemore year, i've felt the pain. It does hurt and takes away from your leaping ability ican tell you that. I set our school record in the long jump that same year. by the next year's track season, i was jumping about 12-18 inches shorter. all from achilles problems. if your very quick like me, that's probably the problem. You run real fast to get to something and have to put lots of pressure and your bones and joints to get stopped. the problem with resting, is that it takes a long time to recoup, just to have it act up again. thats a long time not to play, and if you love to play like it sounds like you do,then theres another problem.

    if you go to the doctor, post back and tell me what they say.

    good luck.
     
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  5. Roforot

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    2 suggestions:
    first is as suggested above, to see a physician, preferably someone who deals w/ athletes.

    second, a great website is www.heelspurs.com
    it has a lot of info so you can ask intelligent questions when you see the physician.

    Hope you feel better!
     
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  6. kevhen

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    See a doctor before it snaps. I have seen a couple of achilles snap in half and then you are in a cast for 6 months. Usually dehydration causes achilles problems. Drink more water and sports drinks. Also wearing the proper shoes and shoe inserts may help alleviate the problem. I add cushions to my shoes and arch supports but I weigh 205 and put alot more pressure on my feet when sprinting.
     
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  7. askani

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    I had a similar problem and went to see an orthopedic and he told me to add heel pads to my shoes. I have used Dr. Scholl gel heal cups and Sorbothane performance heal cups and both solved my problems. I wear them in all my shoes, not just my tennis shoes. I was skeptical at first that these little heel inserts would solve my nagging achilles problem. I have been pain free for over a year now. My suggestion of course is to see a doctor first, but the heal cups were the answer for me.
     
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  8. dimkin

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    bump

    saw a doc today and he gave me them heel pads ... soft silicon with blue dots ... I am walking on clouds ...
    hopefully will alleviate my Achilles Tendonitis
     
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  9. RetroSpin

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    The only real cure is rest, followed by an analysis of your shoes and possible use of orthotics. Stretching is also important. Some people like to ice afterwards. Your foot shape, eg flat feet, high arch or whatever, is extremely important. Running shoes are specifically designed for different foot types, eg softer shoes for inflexible high arches, more stable shoes for flat feet. Tennis shoes do not market this way, but some are clearly better than others. Basically, if you have a flat arch, you want a very supportive shoe with a very stiff heel section.
     
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  10. RetroSpin

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    This is not a problem that is going away on its own. Ignore it and you may be laid up for months eventually.

    I was a competitive distance runner and dealt with this for a long time. It is an overuse injury, and from your schedule, it is easy to see why you are hurting. You need to get off your feet until you are pain free, then start back slowly and work up.

    Typically people who get Achilles tendinitis have flat, rather flexible arches. Your foot pronates excessively and that puts pressure on the Achilles. Orthotics can provide relief but they can also increase the risk of turning an ankle because they raise your heel. That is why running shoes have a thicker heel section than tennis shoes.
     
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  11. dimkin

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    I have the opposite of flat feet ... my biggest problem is I don't always get on tippy-toes when serving, so as my knee bends and body moves fwd, achilles is really stressed (on the left foot)
     
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  12. Dartagnan64

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    Sounds like Achilles tendinopathy, a common ailment in tennis players. My suggestions as a doctor (but not an orthopod) are two- fold. One, Superfeet green insoles. Two, eccentric heel drop exercises.

    I was able to fix my tendinopathy in a few weeks with those treatments and I continue to do heel drops as maintenance to keep the tendons limber and strong. For virtually all tendinopathies eccentric exercises are the best maintenance as they add stretch to the contraction force and build the tendon up to better sustain itself against the forces of tennis (you wanted me to say "evil" there, didn't you).
     
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    yup ... precisely what my doc told me ... I was using Superfeet Orange - will switch to green
    and those heelpads feel to good ... maybe those are enough?
     
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  14. Dartagnan64

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    The insoles are just a temporizing measure to take pressure off the achilles while it heals and strengthens. Orange and Green Superfeet do the same thing for the Achilles. The Orange add a forefoot cushion which helps with metatarsal issues but does nothing for Achilles issues.

    The key to the whole thing is the eccentric heel drop exercises. That is what fixes the problem in the long run.
     
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  15. Extreme_WesternVA

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    I had chronic problems with both heels as a junior, at the time only advice I ever got was I needed to stretch more (which was true). I've recently started playing competitively again and was having the same issue until getting a sports massage and switching to Prince T22 shoes. I can't recommend the sports massage enough, I'm no expert but the way it was explained to me is that everything in your body is connected and the heel pain might be a result of another body part being too tense. Definitely check it out because when your heels tighten up it is nearly impossible to play at 100 percent
     
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  16. RetroSpin

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    That sounds like you have a tight Achilles. Stretching it daily should help. Be careful and take it slowly though. This is not a problem that you correct in a few days.
     
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