Ask a Physical Therapist

Dane Potochny

What can runners do to prevent or heal Achilles issues?

“A key way to prevent Achilles issues is adequate flexibility.  Proper stretching can alleviate many Achilles pathologies.  Also, proper warm up is important to reduce strain.  Another factor is proper footwear and orthotics.  The right shoe can reduce tension on the Achilles.  The final factor is stride length.  Always compete at the same stride length that you train with.  Changing stride and running/walking form in a race is a recipe for trouble,” Dane Potochny, MPT Advanced Physical Therapy Center – Grand Blanc

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