Why do you wake up with Achilles tendon pain and how to treat it

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It's shocking to jump out of bed after a good night's rest and feel pain immediately behind your calves. This thick tendon is called the Achilles tendon, and your calf muscles are attached to your feet. There are two common causes of Achilles tendon soreness in the morning - injury or localization.

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span= "article-image inner caption-class"> stretching calf muscles in the morning helps reduce heel pain. (Picture: Peter Berglund/iStock/Getty Images)

If you take part in sports or are very active, you may have an overuse of tendinopathy - a condition that leads to microtear of tendon fibers. When you sleep, your ankles relax and your calf muscles are in a shortened position. When you stand up, your muscles will be stretched, which may cause back heel injuries when you wake up.

Your Achilles tendon is a connective tissue band that connects your calcaneus to the two main muscles in your calf for walking and running. These calf muscles are called gastrocnemius and soleus muscles, which generate the strength required for your feet to push your feet off and take a step or lift your toes, for example, when you jump.

Achilles tendon pain in the morning

Any activity that exerts pressure on Achilles tendon, such as running or jumping, may cause injury. Tension of calf muscles or sudden increase in exercise or intensity can cause Achilles tendon pain in the morning. Exercising with inappropriate shoes or running on uneven roads increases the risk of the disease.

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Achilles'symptoms of strain

After waking up in the morning or prolonged inactivity, your Achilles tendon may feel particularly stiff and painful. When you walk or run later in the day, you may feel pain in your heels and tendons. It can be particularly painful if you walk up stairs or on slopes. Because of inflammation, you may feel swelling and warmth in the area, and your Achilles tendon may feel pain when touched.

Treatment of Achilles Tendon Pain

Rest your feet and ankles, and avoid unnecessary exercise if your Achilles Tendon is painful. If the pain lasts for more than a few days or affects your walking ability, make an appointment to see a doctor for a definite diagnosis. Your doctor may recommend further treatment, such as ice packs, exercise or medication, depending on the cause of the pain. In some extreme cases, surgery may be required. Stretching tight muscles and tendons can improve flexibility, and if your Achilles tendon is injured in the morning, it can help reduce the risk of injury or pain. You can do this stretching exercise before going to bed at night, before physical activity, and then do it again when you get up for the first time in the morning.

How to do it: Stand facing the wall, feet crisscrossed, injured legs placed behind. Keep your hands balanced on the shoulder-to-shoulder wall.

Keep your front knees bent, your hind legs straight, and lean slowly toward the wall until you feel a stretch in the back of your calves. Keep it for 20 to 30 seconds and repeat it three times. Repeat this stretch, but bend your back knee slightly. Keep your heels on the ground. This will be aimed at the soleus muscle.

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