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Old 08-05-2009, 06:28 PM   #1
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Achilles tendon

Does anyone have any experience with achilles pain with the normal amount of crossfit?


I am sore there always and need to know what to do.

Any advice would be great.
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Old 08-06-2009, 10:11 AM   #2
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Re: Achilles tendon

Do you have tight hamstrings, calves & plantar fascia? Do you have flat feet?

Excessive pronation or supination can put undue stress on the medial or lateral aspect of the achilles which may cause excessive soreness. You may need some movement pattern evaluation

I would back off even if that's not the case. Sore tendons generally mean they're being overworked and at risk for tearing if there is significant impact trauma.
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Old 08-07-2009, 04:33 PM   #3
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Re: Achilles tendon

I do not feel tight anywhere else.

I have been trying to "morph" into a pose style running this year.

Should I back off until the soreness is gone and then re visit the pose?
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Old 08-07-2009, 09:07 PM   #4
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Re: Achilles tendon

Jeff, I've been dealing with a sore achilles for about 2 months. Finally went to the physical therapist on Wednesday. My problem started when, twice a week, I was doing walking repeats of a very steep hill (9-30% grade).

PT gave me exercises to strengthen and stretch my calves, hamstrings, and achilles. Stuff he gave me to do is same stuff I've read about on line, however, I wanted to be sure that my self-diagnosis was correct, and that nothing else weird was going on.
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Old 08-08-2009, 09:48 AM   #5
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Re: Achilles tendon

Nancy,

Have the exercises helped? Did you rest before resuming activity?
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Old 08-09-2009, 08:07 PM   #6
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Re: Achilles tendon

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Nancy,

Have the exercises helped? Did you rest before resuming activity?
Jeff, it's only been since Wednesday that I saw the PT and started on my exercises, but YES, I already feel a difference!

I didn't have any discomfort while I was exercising, but I was afraid to run because I was afraid I'd make it worse. The PT said to stay active and do whatever I want, including running, as long as it doesn't bother my achilles.

My achilles bothers me at random times, like, just when I'm sitting still, and the worst is first thing in the morning when it's really tight. But it has dramatically subsided since Wednesday.

He gave me the same stretching and strengthening moves I'd read about on these boards and on line, but I was afraid to completely self-diagnose and take other people's word for it, and then do something stupid and make it worse.

I would suggest the same for you......go to a good PT, and make sure you're doing the right thing. It only took me one visit to the PT, and I do all the stuff he gave me to do, on my own.

After months of aggravation, I finally feel that I'm on the track to recovery!!
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Re: Achilles tendon

Yep... massage, ice, cut down on the volume + exercises to strengthen
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Old 08-12-2009, 11:21 AM   #8
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Re: Achilles tendon

I also have achilles pain on my right side and am interested to see how you progress with this. My pain has been with me for 20 years, and has nothing to do with CrossFit. With traditional running, I pronate on my right side. Pose running has fixed knee and heel pain due to this pronation -- I think the pronation is gone completely now. Pose has been a huge pain relief for me so far. I still have achilles pain and am wondering if that will disappear over time as well.

Did you have achilles pain before CrossFit? If WODS seems to aggravate the problem, Is it more related to the running, lifting or both?
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Old 08-12-2009, 11:30 AM   #9
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Re: Achilles tendon

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I have been trying to "morph" into a pose style running this year.

Should I back off until the soreness is gone and then re visit the pose?
If you're THAT sore, all the time, then you're probably running up on your toes completely and not allowing your heel to touch the ground.

There's a difference between "heel striking" and "letting the heel kiss the ground".
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Old 08-12-2009, 09:06 PM   #10
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Re: Achilles tendon

You guys should think about actually resting so your body can heal your tendons. This is like overuse the way you get with your elbows from too much work. If you keep on aggravating it bad things happen.
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