Expert Panel Question???
Question: “Can a person run anyway if they have an achilles problem or do I need to take time off. I am in training for a marathon.”
I would not recommend running with an achilles tendon problem. The gatrocnemius and soleus muscles blend together to form the achilles tendon and are a vital part of the biomechanics of running. If they are not functioning properly, one risks possible rupture of the tendon or injuries of the foot, hip, knee, or lower back from the altering of running mechanics to compensate for the sore achilles.
I would recommend seeing a good sports medicine physician and/or a physical therapist for an evaluation.
by Julie Thieszen – Physical Therapist, CMPT | Certified Specialist in Orthopedics