DEAR ACHILLES HEEL: The Achilles tendon is one of the thickest of the body and helps with plantarflexion of the foot and flexion at the knee. A great way to keep that area loose and to avoid injury is to stretch the calf muscle and avoid burst training. If the Achilles is tight, fast movements or training/playing sports on slippery surfaces can put too much stress on it causing a rupture.
Alignment of the bones in the foot, ankle and knee are very important. I often will adjust patients ankles, fibulae and patellas in cases of Achilles dysfunction.
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