I've been walking for several months now and, after I walk, I have tightness in my Achilles tendons. I stretch before walking and have recently started stretching after my walks also. I'm walking 3.5 to 4.5 miles, six days a week. The stretching doesn't seem to be helping. As I stretch, I primarily focus on those Achilles by leaning into something, trying to stretch those things out! Is that good or bad? What am I doing wrong?
The stretch you do, the standing Achilles tendon - heel stretch, is great but you need to do more. Tight Achilles tendons call for hamstring stretches and hamstring strengthening and exercises to build up your calf muscles too. Do your leg exercises two or three times a week either at home or at the gym after you are thoroughly warmed-up. Also add cross-training activities that stretch and strengthen the legs, like bicycling, to your routine. In addition, make sure you wear the correct sneakers for any structural foot abnormalities you might have. Also don’t hesitate to consult with your doctor for an accurate diagnosis and treatment.
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