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It’s that time of year again! Our favorite baseball players have started reporting for spring training and it is a little over a month until opening day! While they are back in action, these players need to take care of themselves and their feet so they are not benched for the season.  A very common injury for baseball players is Achilles Tendonitis.  Although tendonitis is commonly thought of as a “minor injury”; this injury can bench professional ball players for weeks.

So what exactly is this injury? On the back of your ankle there is a tendon connecting the muscles of the back of your leg to your heel bone, this is the Achilles tendon. Tendonitis is when this tendon becomes inflamed and irritated. If the inflammation goes on long enough the tendon can begin to degenerate or wear away, this is called tendonosis. This is also why it is so imperative to treat the tendonitis right away before the tendon can start to degrade.

The common causes of this injury are overuse and increase in repetitive activities. This results in tiny fibers of the tendon being damaged and painful because the body cannot heal them quickly enough! Players like Miguel Cabrera and Joey Votto need to make sure to properly warm up and cool down after each practice to ensure that their Achilles tendon doesn’t become too stressed so they can play this season.

The symptoms to watch for include pain on the back of the leg, ankle and heel, along with tenderness when the sides of the tendon are squeezed, and increased pain with continued activity. If any of these symptoms appear, it is important make an appointment with one of our podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care to get proper treatment so the injury doesn’t progress to tendonosis. We are located in Edison and in Monroe, NJ. The usual treatment for this is rest and ice, sometimes your podiatrist will recommend a cast or walking boot to relieve stress from the tendon, and a night splint may also be recommended.  Preventing this injury is always the best option! By wearing proper fitting shoes and stretching before and after exercising, it will greatly reduce the risk of developing this injury!

By Nrupa Shah