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    Shortened Achilles Tendon help

    I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this, but I was wondering if anyone knows who I would see about a shortened Achilles tendon. I used to be an avid high heel wearer and didn't bother doing stretches when I took them off. So at this point in my life I have a really hard time running in flat shoes because it causes me great discomfort.

    So here is the question: Is there anyone I can see about starting to correct this unfortunate thing? Can it be reversed? Or should I just find a different way to do my quick bursts of exercise?

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    I had a similar trouble when I went to vibrams. After years of traditional running shoes my tendons were too tight. I have worked on stretching them to make it better and it's working. Make sure you stretch them regularly till you are comfortable.

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    Took me a few months to transition properly from traditional running shoes to bf. Experienced quite major stretching over that period. Give it time and stretch gently and frequently would be my advice.

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    Transitioning to bf or minimalist running is a slow process. Or rather, should be taken slowly. Your achilles and calf will lengthen with time. I would suggest only going 1/8th to 1/4th of a mile at a time, in the beginning. Also, allow your heel to kiss the ground. This will take some of the stress off of your Achilles and calf momentarily, which should result in less soreness. I would also suggest checking out the barefoot runners society or barefoot ken Bob's site for more in-depth info.

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