Achilles Tendonitis

jhick

Hall of Fame
I've been dealing with for sometime now. It used to just get sore the day of and especially the morning after a match. Mostly a doubles player in my upper 40's. However, my son and I signed up for a single league recently. After playing more singles, the pain takes a lot longer to go away. A couple of weeks ago, I played 2 days in a row and I was limping for a couple of days. So I'm limiting to once a week (just for my matches) currently. I've been doing stretching and icing daily. I would like to keep playing but wondering if I just need to rest it for a few weeks? I have one more singles match tomorrow.

For those that have dealt with this, is resting it the best medicine? You can see the swelling from the pic below. This is after about 5 days from my last match.

 

Dartagnan64

G.O.A.T.
Eccentric heel drops. Every day or second day. For the rest of your tennis life.

Don't fool around with the achilles.
 

Dartagnan64

G.O.A.T.
Just drop them on the stairs right? Hold it there, or is it better to lift up and down?
On the stairs. Descend slowly with all your weight on one leg, use your arms on the railing and the other foot to lift yourself back, 20 repetitions each leg. Once you've healed the up phase can be done without support.
 
On the stairs. Descend slowly with all your weight on one leg, use your arms on the railing and the other foot to lift yourself back, 20 repetitions each leg. Once you've healed the up phase can be done without support.
I did those as part of my patellar tendonitis rehab.
 

jhick

Hall of Fame
I did them yesterday and even after 1 day I'm seeing some improvement. Unfortunately in my match yesterday I mildly sprained my ankle. Was able to finish up my match but the ankle is a bit swollen today with a little pain. So I haven't been able to do them today.
 

travlerajm

G.O.A.T.
I've been dealing with for sometime now. It used to just get sore the day of and especially the morning after a match. Mostly a doubles player in my upper 40's. However, my son and I signed up for a single league recently. After playing more singles, the pain takes a lot longer to go away. A couple of weeks ago, I played 2 days in a row and I was limping for a couple of days. So I'm limiting to once a week (just for my matches) currently. I've been doing stretching and icing daily. I would like to keep playing but wondering if I just need to rest it for a few weeks? I have one more singles match tomorrow.

For those that have dealt with this, is resting it the best medicine? You can see the swelling from the pic below. This is after about 5 days from my last match.

I injured my Achilles a couple of years ago. Playing twice a week was making it worse, with the tear zipping higher up the leg each time. Shutting it down for 3 weeks helped a lot.

But it didn’t completely heal. What really healed it was when I started playing more regularly (3-4 times per week), but only playing 55-minute singles sessions.

It seemed like playing more often with shorter sessions strengthened my Achilles so it no longer got sore after playing anymore.
 

jhick

Hall of Fame
I injured my Achilles a couple of years ago. Playing twice a week was making it worse, with the tear zipping higher up the leg each time. Shutting it down for 3 weeks helped a lot.

But it didn’t completely heal. What really healed it was when I started playing more regularly (3-4 times per week), but only playing 55-minute singles sessions.

It seemed like playing more often with shorter sessions strengthened my Achilles so it no longer got sore after playing anymore.
Unfortunately I played a 2+ hour 3 set match against a varsity high school kid my son's age (who will probably play #1 this year as a 10th grader). His style was a tough matchup for me as he plays similar to myself. Flat shots, Inside the baseline. Punishes short balls and very good with angles (he plays smart). The good thing is I ended up winning. Kid has a nice game. He needs to work on getting a higher percentage of his 1st serves in and a bit on his mental game. I can't move right now that well so I'm sure that played into it.
 

travlerajm

G.O.A.T.
Unfortunately I played a 2+ hour 3 set match against a varsity high school kid my son's age (who will probably play #1 this year as a 10th grader). His style was a tough matchup for me as he plays similar to myself. Flat shots, Inside the baseline. Punishes short balls and very good with angles (he plays smart). The good thing is I ended up winning. Kid has a nice game. He needs to work on getting a higher percentage of his 1st serves in and a bit on his mental game. I can't move right now that well so I'm sure that played into it.
My Achilles injury started after I played a 4.5 league match - it was the rubber match for my team, with everyone watching. I was rusty and hadn’t play much, but realized I had a physical edge over my opponent, and my best chance to win was to outlast him in long rallies. It ended up being a 2.5h marathon. My opponent started to cramp near the end, but he refused to tap out. He finally collapsed in a full body cramp when I drop shot- lobbed him on match point. But my own legs suffered some damage.
 
Top