Healthpointe Medical Southern California

Runner Injuries: Achilles Tendon and Knee Pain

While you may want to run away from your running-related injuries, such as an achilles tendon injury, there’s just no doing so for obvious reasons. You must stop running away and start seeking treatment from Healthpointe doctors and surgeons at their Los Angeles clinic, and its outlying areas including Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Inglewood, Hawthorne, Huntington Park, South Gate, Lynwood, Montebello, Monterey Park, Alhambra, and Burbank.

Keep in mind that these injuries to the legs, knees, and ankles, among other body parts, can affect all types of runners, from veterans who push their bodies beyond their limits to beginners who fail to adopt the proper measures.

#1 Knee pain

Runner’s knee is the most common injury among runners. Pain is the common symptom, which can be felt at the front of the affected knee, around it, or behind the kneecap, and which can either be dull or sharp and severe.

You can heal knee pain at home, usually by applying ice to the knee, and stretching it daily. Apply the ice for 20 minutes at a time for a few times each day, until the pain is gone.

But when the knee is swollen or the pain becomes severe, see a Healthpointe doctor as soon as possible. You should have it checked for proper diagnosis and treatment including medications and physiotherapy, or perhaps even surgery in extreme cases.

#2 Achilles tendon pain

The Achilles tendon may be a tough cord located at the back of your ankle, which links the bone and muscle, but it can become weak due to wear and tear. Runners have higher risks for pain in the Achilles tendon because of the excessive pressure placed on it from regular running over time.

You may observe swelling and pain at the back of your heel or ankle when your Achilles tendon is injured. The pain may vary in severity, frequency and duration, such as sudden and sharp or dull and continuous, but many runners say that it is worse upon waking up in the morning.

You can also treat minor pain in the Achilles tendon area by applying ice and gently massaging it. But when your pain does not disappear in 3-4 weeks, then it is time to consult with a Healthpointe doctor to check your injury.

In these cases, you should seriously consider cessation of running until your injuries have properly healed.

About Healthpointe:
Healthpointe is a leading multidisciplinary healthcare organization offering a full range of medical services in practice locations throughout Southern California (Los Angeles County, Orange County, San Bernardino County, and Riverside County). Healthpointe has locations situated in over 10 cities in Southern California including Long Beach, which is conveniently located near Signal Hill, Carson, Seal Beach, Lakewood, Bellflower, Compton, Hawaiian Gardens, and Los Alamitos. As a highly regarded musculoskeletal group, we have a personal investment in the highest level of service, and we are proud of our record of excellence over the last four decades with private patients, injured workers, urgent care, personal injuries, and professional and non-professional athletes. Leading our organization is a dynamic team of healthcare professionals who continually strive to be at the forefront of medical innovation and healthcare service delivery. For more information, a complete list of services, and Healthpointe locations, visit

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