Summary of Chapter 2
Mighty Achilles, demigod, slayer of Hector at the gates of Troy, Homer’s greatest warrior in the Iliad, and invulnerable in all of his body…except his heel. Death by an arrow shot by Paris that struck him in his heel.– Everett M. Lautin, M.D.
Do you have slight swelling in the base of your heel? Is it painful to touch? Do you have pain while climbing stairs? Is the tissue around the Achilles tendon where it inserts into the heel appear reddish, and do you hear the sound of two services rubbing against each other when you move your ankle? Is there stiffness in this area, especially in the morning? Have you noticed a thickening of the tendon? Have you developed a bone spur or what you think is a bone spur?
Achilles Tendonitis might be the culprit. And can really put a person out of commission for an extended period of time.
Especially if you are a dancer, an athlete, a person who runs a lot, or a person who spends most of the week in a sedentary or sitting state who makes up for all of the inactivity by exercising and/or playing hard on the weekends – aka; “The Weekend Warrior”. Which, in modern times is a condition we are seeing more and more of each day. But can be treated and an active life returned like Dr. Levine was able to do for Rebecca – The Real Patient Recap Story of Chapter 1.
With Achilles Tendonitis, the number one symptom is pain. And is impossible for even the most stubborn/tough of individuals to ignore. A ‘method’ of dealing with injury deeply ingrained yet counter productive to someone with athletic training.
Achilles Tendonitis, in some cases, can be relieved by simple stretches targeted to treat and relieve stress in the Achilles tendon. Sometimes, surgery is the only option. There are preventative measures one can take to avoid developing it altogether which is outlined in this chapter. In addition to a comprehensive and current list of time tested and true as well as modern day treatments available to someone suffering from Achilles Tendonitis searching for long lasting recovery & relief.
In this chapter of My Feet Are Killing Me Dr. Levine discusses:
- What is the Achilles tendon?
- What is Achilles tendonitis?
- How do you get Achilles Tendonitis?
- What are the symptoms of Achilles Tendonitis?
- Who is at risk for Achilles tendonitis?
- What can you do about Achilles tendonitis (at home)?
- What can you do about Achilles tendonitis (At your doctor’s office)?
- What treatments are available to a person with Achilles tendonitis?
- How to avoid Achilles tendonitis?
- A Personal Trainer’s Tips for your Achilles Tendon.
- Real Patient Recap – Running Through The Pain