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Discussion: Achilles

in: ndobbs; ndobbs > 2016-01-17

Jan 18, 2016 11:15 AM # 
Worth trying these exercises.
Jan 18, 2016 11:53 AM # 
I like Swedish moves. Thanks.

"For the research control group not performing the Swedish strengthening moves, the outlook was not as promising with all research participants undergoing surgery. Six months post surgery (using traditional physio methods of achilles rehab) they were unable to rebuild calf muscle strength, making future achilles problems more likely." == Seems bizarre.

I didn't know not to also push up with the dodgy leg.
Jan 19, 2016 6:42 AM # 
Apparently it's the minor calf muscle that is banjaxed.
Jan 19, 2016 8:57 AM # 
Oh dear... are we all doomed now?

I read recently about not pushing beyond horizontal when doing the heel drops, though I didn't learn why. These Swedish strengthening moves seem more advanced. (Thanks for the link Darren!) From reading the exercises, I'm wonder what effect these exercises might have on the balance of strength between the two calf muscles?

I also read that most Achilles' heel problems were identified in the 90's as being "tendinosis" and not "-itis" - i.e. the problem is a break down of tissue rather than an inflammation.

Other potentially useful info I snapped up from various sources:

Don't stop running, cut back to 50% (I assume speed work and terrain running are not good);

Look over your shoes (get new big, bouncy heels again maybe);

Stretch calves with the exercises where you push against the wall rather than other types of calf stretches. (I find building up from 1. the leg straight stretch to 2. leg bent stretch to 3. big-toe bent/leg bent stretch to be good).
Jan 19, 2016 2:44 PM # 
50%... and then 50% of that...
Jan 19, 2016 7:52 PM # 
Aka the new 'Irish squad' exercise... everyone is doing them!
Jan 19, 2016 11:17 PM # 
we should play cards at the same time
Jan 19, 2016 11:18 PM # 
ps, that's a good thing... the reason for it is not.

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