Sore achilles tendons

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Sore achilles tendons

Postby DNA_Rower » December 28th, 2017, 10:42 am

For the past 6 months or so I have had occasional sore achilles tendons - enough to make me limp. It can be either foot and it can be a bit random.

I've seen the physio a few times and basically just been doing exercises to stretch the calf, and also an exercise to strengthen the calf in the opposite way to normal (not sure how to explain that - it's the muscles you use when you go from tip-toe and down, rather than up).

Our theory is that my pain is caused by tight calves stressing my achilles. I am wondering if my rowing is making my calves too strong in one direction, but not the other meaning there is an imbalance.

Anyone else ever had similar and got over it?
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Re: Sore achilles tendons

Postby left coaster » December 28th, 2017, 11:40 pm

Ever tried a gelatin supplement in combination with brief, burst type exercises which strain your tendons? Some interesting research about this... short intervals on the erg may work.

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Re: Sore achilles tendons

Postby lindsayh » December 29th, 2017, 5:22 am

DNA_Rower wrote:For the past 6 months or so I have had occasional sore achilles tendons - enough to make me limp. It can be either foot and it can be a bit random.

Could it be related to over compressing at the catch (going too far forward)?
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Re: Sore achilles tendons

Postby JerekKruger » December 29th, 2017, 12:13 pm

lindsayh wrote:Could it be related to over compressing at the catch (going too far forward)?


Or driving through the ball of the foot for longer than necessary? I ask because I hardly feel any work being done by my calfs.
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Re: Sore achilles tendons

Postby Dangerscouse » December 29th, 2017, 5:44 pm

@ DNA I have recently been getting aggravated heels if I row for longer than circa 2 hours, but it stops if I jump off and walk around for a little bit. Not as bad as your situation as you're limping and it's never been that bad for me

I have found calf stretching to really help, as I didn't ever stretch them and i am quite calf dominant in my push; something that I am addressing as I suspect I lose too much power as a consequence. I had no issues for my 12 hour session
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Re: Sore achilles tendons

Postby JohnAd » December 30th, 2017, 7:55 am

Sorry to hear you're having troubles with your Achilles, the issues with mine are what pushed me towards the erg in the first place as it was the only thing that didn't aggravate them, so I'd be surprised if it was rowing causing it as long as you're not doing something odd with your technique.

Listen to the pain and back off whatever you were doing before the pain started, if a certain volume x intensity gets them sore then go back down in either so that you can complete without causing pain the following day. My physio recommended I look at stuff on Twitter who posts a lot of stuff with the latest recommendations.

For me the eccentric stretches, especially the one where you stand on a step and allow your heels to drop, did help.
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Re: Sore achilles tendons

Postby jackarabit » December 30th, 2017, 9:36 am

Scouse, heel pain which persists when walking or is particularly strong after sitting points to Plantar fascia injury. Even stretching done cold or too aggressively can tear the anchoring points of tendons.
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Re: Sore achilles tendons

Postby JohnAd » January 2nd, 2018, 1:13 pm

JohnAd wrote: My physio recommended I look at stuff on Twitter who posts a lot of stuff with the latest recommendations.

Doh, should read My physio recommended I look at @SethONeill stuff on Twitter who posts a lot of stuff with the latest recommendations.
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