Achilles Tendinitis

First aid kit     Photo: Mark Wiens / Masterfile

What It Is: Sensitivity and tenderness along the Achilles tendon brought on by overuse and tightness in the heel cord.
Old Medicine: Stop exercising; ice the Achilles.
New Thinking: Though the name implies swelling, most cases are chronic, degenerative conditions with little inflammation. Says Cucuzzella: “You need to cultivate ankle ‘mostability,’ which is a good balance of motion and ­stability.” ­
Latest Cure: Regain mobility in the Achilles tendon by walking barefoot and performing basic squats. Stand on the edge of a stair and drop the heel of your injured leg down, then elevate back up with your healthy leg.

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