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How to Deal with Achilles Tendonitis

Posted on December 04, 2017 by Erin Boynton, M.D.

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Achilles tendonitis is an injury of the Achilles tendon, which connects the calf muscle to the heel bone.  Tendinitis is inflammation of a tendon. Inflammation is the body's natural response to injury or disease, and often causes swelling, pain, or irritation. Your Achilles tendon can become very thick and very painful. 

If you have a problem with your Achilles Tendon, simply follow my “3 R’s (Relax, Rebalance and Reactivate) 

1.) Relax the tissue along the back of your leg

2.) Rebalance the flex of gastrocnemius (calf) with stretching

3.) Reactivate the the joint below your ankle, which is called the (Sub Taylor joint).  When the Sub Taylor joint gets stiff, it puts extra stress on the Achilles Tendon.  Watch the video below to see you can mobilize the Sub Taylor joint.

In additon, check out our Ankle Helix, which is designed to help reduce pain for those suffering from Achilles tendonitis.



Erin Boynton, M.D.

Erin Boynton, M.D.

Erin Boynton M.D. serves as Medical Director for Body Helix. For the last sixteen years, Dr. Boynton has also acted as the Medical Director for the Rogers Cup Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) tennis tour. She is an orthopedic surgeon, expert medical witness, consultant to the Toronto Blue Jays, and past-chair of the research committee for the Canadian Orthopedic Foundation. In addition, Dr. Boynton is a nationally ranked tennis player. Throughout her career as a surgeon and sports doctor, she has worked with many professional sports teams, including the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Toronto Argos, and she was the first female orthopedic surgeon to work in Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League. As Body Helix Medical Director, Dr. Boynton works closely on product development, product engineering and quality standards. She also provides input and oversight for product and clinical product performance.

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