Why does jumping rope lead to Achilles tendon pain?

Jump Rope Achilles Pain

The Achilles tendon is an important structure in the human body for movement. This tendon attaches the calf muscles to your heel, so it’s a crucial component for activities like walking, running and jumping. If you enjoy jumping rope but start to experience pain around the Achilles area, then you might be irritating the tendon.

Do you feel Achilles pain when you jump rope? If so, you should consider physical therapy as a way to mitigate your condition safely and effectively. 

Why does jumping rope cause pain in my Achilles tendon?

Jumping rope is a high-impact exercise like running. The constant impact of your feet against the hard ground can cause irritation and inflammation anywhere in the body. A commonly affected area is the Achilles tendon. 

If you like to jump rope for exercise but start to notice some pain in the Achilles tendon, then you may be suffering from Achilles tendinitis. This condition is caused by the inflammation of the tendon. It’s important to note that there are two distinct types of Achilles tendinitis: 

  • Insertional Achilles tendinitis — Do you feel more pain in the lower portion of your tendon around the heel? Then you likely have insertional Achilles tendinitis. 
  • Noninsertional Achilles tendinitis — Is your pain more centered around the middle part of the tendon? Then you may have noninsertional Achilles tendinitis. This tends to affect active people more. The middle of the tendon can sustain stress from high-impact exercises like jumping rope or running. 

One of the best things to do for tendinitis is rest. If you ignore the pain, the condition can get worse or may even lead to a tear or a rupture, which can require medical assistance. However, if you notice that your condition isn’t getting any better, then a physical therapist can help. 

Suffering from Achilles pain? Specialists in Sports and Orthopedic Rehabilitation can help

A physical therapist can help guide you through low-impact alternative exercises to jumping rope that can help ease the tension in your Achilles tendon while you’re still healing. Our clinicians at Specialists in Sports and Orthopedic Rehabilitation are experts in treating Achilles tendon conditions. We are prepared to build you a personalized treatment plan that helps ease your tendon pain and expedites your tendinitis recovery. 

Contact us today for more information about jumping rope and Achilles pain or to schedule an initial appointment.