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[RC] Sore Achilles Tendon - Karen Everhart

Hi Mike,
I was a long distance runner until a car wreck required a total knee replacement a few year ago) AND I am an exercise physiologist.  I would fully expect that, as a runner, you have over developed your gastroc (calf) muscle.  If you have a tendency to run on your toes it will be worse than if you are a heel-toe runner.  Over the years, that gastroc development places a strain on the AT.  When you ride, if you ride "heel" down you may be over stretching an already tight AT.  So, regular calf stretches and adding an additional element to that stretch might be of assistance: Stand on a step (after you have warmed up and stretched the calf).  Allow the heel to drop backwards and downwards off the step holding that stretch for 20 seconds.  BE VERY CAREFUL.  Do not bounce and Do not overstretch.  If you do so, you could blow your AT.  It is not hard to do that, especially if you are tight.  If this doesn't make sense feel free to call 620-725-3402
AND, try getting a "stirrup straight" product.  There are a number of options.  Try Country Supply.  If you order from them, put Rainbow Meadows in the Country Care Code box at checkout and a small percentage of your purchase will be sent to our Rescue:-)
Karen Everhart MEd
Rainbow Meadows Rescue and Retirement, Inc.
Owner/Operator Horse Calls - Equine Management Solutions
Centered Riding Instructor
Distance Horse Conditioning and Training

[RC] Sore Achilles Tendon, Mike Lewis