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Posted by: AnthonyK | 2006/10/30

Inflammed Achilles Tendon

Can flat feet cause constant inflammed achilles tendon

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The answer here is yes and no. If you've had flat feet, all your life and inflammation is only just started. Then something else has happened to cause this. Get someone to put you on a good exercise programme that involves gentle stretching as well as strengthening and I think you'll be able to sort this problem out yourself.

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Posted by: same as before | 2006/11/13

YIp, it causes added strain on the foot- it tries to compensate and just sets off a whole sequence of events that can lead to that. just know that its not only flat feet that can cause it... external factors such as the type of shoes you wear, if you do alot of running (especially uphill, downhill type of surfaces) and you havent rested for significant amounts of time between times of activity.
help it out by applying ICE to the area (for about 10 miutes at a time). if you are active, dont stop moving altogether, just stop the activity that causes the most pain (so if running caues pain, try swimming as an exercise...anything that could take the added strain off the tendon and give it time to heal).
go to physio so they can increase the flexibility in your calves which could also be tight from compensating or could also be predisposing you to get this problem.

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