Achilles: Mythical God, Real Weakness for Active Austinites

The Austin, TX school year has been in swing for months, and it’s likely that you know a student who is reading Greek mythology for the first time. The gods and goddesses of these action-packed stories are intriguing. With both mortal and immortal characteristics, human weaknesses are magnified and moralized. The tale of Achilles is no exception.

Dipped in the river Styx by his heel, Achilles appeared to be invincible. However, the area covered by his mother’s hand proved to be his point of weakness. Today, active Austinites know that the tendon named after this mythic character is still a vulnerable spot that can weaken the affected foot and ankle. An injury to the body’s largest tendon can stop you in your tracks until it heals—no more running, jumping, or quick steps.

Trust your feet to Austin’s sports injury experts, and learn how you can prevent tendonitis and other Achilles tendon injuries. First, visit our office for a full evaluation of your feet. Understanding your arch type is critical to choosing the best shoes for your feet. If there are biomechanical concerns, custom orthotics may be prescribed to correct these concerns.

Now that you have the right shoes, evaluate your exercise routine. Do you cross-train? If your feet are always pounding the pavement, give them a rest by going for a swim, or taking a bike ride. Remember that any changes to your cardio workouts should be done gradually. Warm up before any routine and stretch afterwards, and don’t forget to focus on the calf muscles which work together with the Achilles tendon.

Foot and ankle pain can sideline even the most active person, but sports injuries don’t have to put you on the bench permanently. Contact Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS and Dr. Shine John DPM, FACFAS today to start on the road to recovery. Call (512) 328-8900 today, or schedule an appointment online.

Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
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