The Richardson, TX Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of sports for adults who want to stay active and have a good time with friends. If you are interested in playing softball this spring, registration is now open and league play starts on March 27. Whether you enjoy softball or any other sport, it is important that you be careful not to develop Achilles tendinitis, and also to know how to care for it if you do.
There are, of course, many injuries that you could potentially sustain from participating in physical activity, but some are more common than others, including Achilles tendinitis. This particular ailment is an overuse injury that results from repetitive, intense strain on your Achilles tendon, often due to lack of proper warm-up and stretching prior to activity. It also can be a result of trying to do too much exercise too soon.
This condition is managed quite well with the use of RICE therapy:
Rest – Take some time away from the baseball diamond or your running routine and give your body time to begin its natural healing process. During this time, you do not have to just sit at home on the couch, though. While you are waiting for the affected tendon to heal, you can participate in a low-impact activity that does not strain your Achilles, like swimming.
Ice – In order to reduce swelling and decrease any pain that you experience, apply ice to the tendon for fifteen minutes when the area begins to hurt. Be sure to wrap the ice in a thin towel so as to protect your skin.
Compression – Wrapping the affected ankle in a compression bandage will further help to reduce swelling in the area. Be careful, though, not to wrap it too tightly. If you experience numbness or tingling, loosen the bandage.
Elevation – You can reduce swelling by raising your affected foot above your heart’s level, especially at night. Simply prop it up on a couple of pillows before going to sleep.
If your home care for Achilles tendinitis isn’t quite enough and you need help, come in and see us at Richardson Podiatry Associates. Contact our Richardson, TX office by calling (972) 960-5374 or using our online form to request an appointment. You can also stay current with the latest news and tips by connecting with us on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and Twitter.