ACHILLES TENDINITIS OR A TIGHT CALF?
TENDINITIS IN THE ANKLE IS YOUR CALF’S FAULT?!?!
FACT:Muscle’s are elastic.
FACT:Connective tissue is NOT.
Whenever you see an ‘itis, understand it is referring to an inflammation in a particular area. Parts of our body will get inflamed when they are not being used corrrectly. In other words, this is there way to yell at us and say ‘STOP IT!!’
To understand WHY we have certain nagging pains it is IMPORTANT to have a BASIC understanding of our PARTS.
SKELETON – made of bones which gives us our STRUCTURE
MUSCLE – ELASTIC and creates movement
CONNECTIVE TISSUE – attaches pieces (bones, muscle, etc) together and is NOT ELASTIC
So here is how we can EXPLAIN ankle tendinitis pain:
SO…here are the PARTS involved in Achilles Tendinitis –
SKELETON – the knee, the lower leg and the foot
MUSCLE – the calf
CONNECTIVE TISSUE – the ACHILLES TENDON attaches the calf to the bottom of the foot
WHAT HAPPENS: The Achilles will get stressed if the CALF muscles are too tight and the tendon is forced to STRETCH to help stop the KNEE from moving when we walk or run.
SOOOOOOO….what does this all mean?
The simple truth is that your achilles may hurt but until we can loosen either calf muscles that it is attached to you will always be dealing with it.