Achilles Tendinitis Relief

 

A tendon is a band of tissue connecting muscle to bone in the body. Achilles tendinitis is a medical condition where the Achilles tendon is inflamed or irritated. The Achilles tendon runs behind the heel and up the calf on the leg. Pain is a classic symptom of tendinitis. Home therapies are available for treating Achilles tendonitis, which heals in about four to six weeks.

 

  1. Rest

  2. Stay off the affected foot. As with any foot injuries, repeated use aggravates the inflamed tendon. In severe cases of tendinitis, crutches relieve pressure off the injured foot.

    Ice

  3. Soon after the injury, apply ice compresses to the injured areas. The ice will decrease inflammation and swelling. Ice the tendon for 20 minutes several times a day.

    Heat

  4. Apply warm compresses, like a heating pad or warm foot soaks to encourage blood flow to the area. The increased blood flow will promote faster healing.

    Compression and Splint

  5. An elastic bandage wraps the ankle, or a foot splint provides comfort during the healing process.

    Medications

  6. Anti-inflammatory medications decrease the swelling around the Achilles tendon and to help relieve pain.



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