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Achilles Problem Question

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

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Korryn Wiese – Utah Running Expert

Korryn Wiese              Physical Therapist, CMPT

Korryn Wiese has worked full time in orthopedics/sports medicine since June of 1988.  She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Utah and is certified as a Manual Physical Therapist through the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapists.  Korryn has worked in Colorado, Hawaii (Maui), and Utah.  She was part of McKay Dee Sports Medicine in Ogden, Utah for 15 years until she opened her own private practice, “Body Tune”, located in South Ogden, Utah.  For the past two years, Korryn has also taught manual therapy at the University of Utah PT School as an adjunct faculty member.

Korryn grew up in Layton, Utah where she was a part of the 1981 State Champion Layton High girls’ basketball team which went undefeated for 21 games.  Over the years, she has participated in short triathlons, 1/2 marathons, and many team sports.  Today she stays active and enjoys a variety of sports.  Korryn’s experience in athletics has brought her the deeper understanding needed to help the athletes she works with.

As a physical therapist, Korryn has helped a variety of people with a variety of backgrounds, but she enjoys working with runners and really understands the injuries and problems that many runners deal with.  Korryn has worked with runners since 1991 (including going to the US Olympic trials with Paul Pilkington and Ed Eyestone).  Korryn has been a part of the medical support for marathons, Xterra races, triathlons, world cup races, and the 2002 Olympics.  Korryn has a real passion for biomechanics and through this passion, along with her experience and knowledge in her field, she is able to help runners on a daily basis.

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by on Jan.01, 2010, under Utah Running Experts

Julie Thieszen – Utah Running Expert

Julie Thieszen is a Physical Therapist. She received her Masters in Physical Therapy from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. She is also a board certified clinical specialist in orthopedics through the APTA (OCS), and a certified manipulative physical therapist (CMPT) through the North American Institute of Manual Therapy. She currently works two days a week at Body Tune Physical Therapy in South Ogden, UT and she independently owns and operates New Paradigm Physical Therapy in Salt Lake City on the other days.

Julie has taken a broad spectrum of continuing education courses and has completed the advanced course of Pain Reflex Release Techniques (PRRT-www.theprrrt.com) with John Iams, P.T. in San Diego, CA. She has worked with runners and walkers performing biomechanical gait analysis to target specific areas of concern and help prevent and alleviate injuries for 5 years.

Julie was a distance runner through high school and early college and now enjoys hiking with her Hungarian Viszla, Gunnar, and doing yoga. She is a certified yoga instructor at the 500 hour level through Dana Baptiste and has completed Anusara yoga teacher training with Sianna Sherman in San Francisco, CA.

Throughout the years, Julie has invested her time and energy into improving her skills and knowledge. This solid foundation has allowed her to live her passion and help others alleviate injuries and accomplish their goals.

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by on Jan.01, 2010, under Utah Running Experts

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