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Treating Achilles Tendonitis for Runners

October 11th, 2012

“-Itis” is probably the least favorite suffix out there for runners. Aside from the dreaded plantar fasciitis (discussed previously on our blog here), you also have to be on the lookout for bursitis, periostitis, tendonitis, and doinglaundryitis (OK, we made that last one up).

This post is all about the big daddy of tendonitis injuries in the running world: Achilles tendonitis. How can you tell when an achy Achilles tendon may be the onset of Achilles tendonitis? When is is serious enough to seek medical attention? The bottom line is that Achilles tendonitis is an injury you can bounce back from, but you have to be smart and persistent about treating it.

What to Watch For

Shooting or burning pain in the area of the tendon, typically aggravated by repeated stress of the tendon and worsening through the duration of activity. Other symptoms include swelling and thickening of the tendon, as well as a creaking feel when touching or moving the affected area.

Can I Run on It?

Maybe. It is possible to run while treating this injury, but you have to focus on preventing further harm while also giving the tendon time to heal. Depending on the seriousness of the injury, your best course of action may be to curtail your runs (“relative rest”) until you can complete a few PT sessions to start repairing the tendon and build strength in the tendon and related muscles. It’s always a good idea to talk with a medical professional to get guidance on your situation.

If you can run on it, you’ll likely be told to decrease your mileage, and take several rest days every week. You might also need to avoid any speed or hillwork, as these can put further strain on the Achilles tendon.  A shoe insert in the heel of your shoe can decrease the strain placed on the Achilles tendon during your running stride.

After warmups and you hit the pavement, pay close attention to how your Achilles tendon feels. At the first sign of pain, it’s a good idea to stop running. “Pushing through the pain” of Achilles tendonitis is not the best course of action, as you run the risk of causing further damage to, or even rupturing, the tendon.

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7 Benefits of Self-Massage

March 13th, 2012

More and more runners are discovering the benefits of self-massage. Targeted massage of the hamstrings, quads, calves, soles of the feet and other sore spots can help you as you train for that next big race and recover from race-day strains and stresses.

Self-massage offers the obvious benefits of easing muscle tension and releasing knots, but there are many more reasons why so many serious athletes make self-massage an essential part of their workouts. It really is for everyone, not just runners who are injury-prone or coming back from an injury.

7 Big Benefits

    1. Improved Performance: Massage can increase muscle tone and improve stamina.
    2. Faster Recovery Between Workouts: Recover faster and build strength quickly by helping your muscles eliminate waste.
    3. Fewer Injuries: Massage can improve muscle flexibility, making injury less likely.
    4. More Comfort: Enhanced post-run massage recovery means you feel more comfortable the rest of your day.
    5. Better Rest: The relaxation that often accompanies self-massage can help you sleep more sound.
    6. Improved Health: Clinical tests show that massage can strengthen the immune system.
    7. Better Mood: Massage can reduce the harmful effects of stress, anxiety and depression.

      OK, so self-massage is pretty awesome. Ready to get started with your own DIY massage regimen? Here are a few products worth considering:

      • Moji: Trust the steel massage spheres in the Moji 360 and Moji 360 Palm for a dynamic massage experience. The rolling spheres let you work in a circular motion to enhance comfort during massage compared to static pressure techniques. Both devices are available in an affordable package as the Moji 360 Ultimate Bundle.
      • Marathon Stick: A trusted pre- and post-run companion, the Marathon Stick is used for compressing and stretching muscles, tendons and other soft tissue in the lower leg. Use the Marathon Stick to relive muscle pain, improve strength, or prepare your muscles for physical activity. For the benefits of the Marathon Stick when you’re on the go, keep the Travel Stick in your gym bag when you travel.
      • Trigger Point Kits: Get targeted massage with the Trigger Point Hip and Lower Back Kit or Foot and Lower Leg Kit. Or, choose one of the company’s Ultimate Six Kits, which help you maximize your run performance by targeting 6 key areas of the body.

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