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Advice on achilles

Old 08-21-07, 11:26 AM
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Advice on achilles

For a while I had been riding 10 miles per day for exercise on a paved path. Often, a few hours after the ride, or even the next day, my achillies would start to feel "strange". I'll try to describe what it feels like, but that's what I need help with. Basically, when bending my foot up, I would feel a sort of "pop" in my achilles. It is not painful and does not actually make noise. The closest way I can describe it is if you've ever used a compound bow (archery). You start to pull the string, it's pretty hard, then there's a slight "pop", and it gets easier.

It usually bothers me the most when I'm walking down or up the stairs, and sometimes when I walk. If it go easy on it for a week or 2, it slowly goes away.

I always stretch before and after I exercise, and do warm up/cool down too. Maybe I'm not doing it right, I don't know. I've been to the doctor about it, and he didn't seem that concerned. At the moment it's not painful, but it's annoying enough that I have stopped biking. I have also noticed it (though not as bad) after I have been running.

Has anyone else had this problem? Know what it's called? Any way to avoid it? Thanks.
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Old 08-21-07, 11:49 AM
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Hmm, not an expert, but I'll throw in a penny or two. Is this tendon down by the ankle, or up higher? Achille tendon problems I've read to be from seat being too high, which forces you to "ankle" when pedaling--that is, you push your foot all the way down on the bottom of the pedal stroke. [I guess if you were riding on your arches normally, you'd be having knee pain instead.]

Problem up higher, like just below the meat of the calf muscle, I get that problem sometimes too, and can feel it going down stairs (not so much when going up). I attribute that to lack of stretching and lack of excersise. Mine is slowly going away as I improve.
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It's down by the ankle. Thanks for your input.
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http://sheldonbrown.com/gloss_an-z.html#ankling

http://sheldonbrown.com/pain.html

Sorry I can't help more.
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