Katarina Johnson-Thompson reveals she has been suffering with an Achilles injury

Jane McGuire
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Photo credit: Maja Hitij - Getty Images
Photo credit: Maja Hitij - Getty Images

From Runner's World

  • Britain's Katarina Johnson-Thompson has revealed she suffered an Achilles injury at the end of last year and has been wearing a boot as part of her recovery.

  • The heptathlon world champion revealed she still has her sights set on Tokyo 2021.

Heptathlon world champion KJT has revealed she has been suffering from an Achilles injury since the end of last year. She said she has spent the past few weeks wearing a boot, which will come off today.

Taking to Instagram, Johnson-Thompson wrote, 'I have been waiting for the right time to share this with you and after a month of positive progress now feels like a good moment. At the very end of last year I sustained an injury to my achilles. As a result of that I have spent the last few weeks in a boot which will be coming off tomorrow.

'My rehab is going as well as could be expected and whilst I am currently at home in Liverpool focusing on my recovery I will be heading back to Montpellier to begin training again in March. Understandably this is not the start to the year I was hoping for but I’m pleased to be able to share this off the back of a positive few weeks. I have a great team around me and I would like to thank them, along with all of my partners, for their unwavering support through what has been a difficult year for everyone.

'This news doesn’t impact my plans for 2021, Tokyo is still very much the focus and I look forward to representing Great Britain in my 3rd Olympic Games. Thanks for all your support!'

What are the symptoms of an Achilles injury?

The Achilles tendon connects the two major calf muscles to the back of the heel bone. Under too much stress, the tendon tightens and is forced to work too hard, causing irritation and inflammation. If the inflamed Achilles tendon continues to be stressed, over time it can tear or rupture.

While we're unsure what exactly KJT has done to her Achilles, our Runner's World expert says the main symptoms of Achilles injury to look out for is a 'dull or sharp pain anywhere along the back of the tendon but usually close to the heel on contraction - this can be felt tip-toeing or running. This pain might settle after a couple of miles and will often feel worse when getting out of bed.'

If you are worried you are suffering from an Achilles injury, you should take a few days or weeks off running, as continuing through the pain puts you at risk of damaging the Achilles further.

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