How Do I Take Care of Swollen Achilles Tendon?
If you have a swollen Achilles tendon you may have Achilles tendinitis. This is a problem that many athletes (or anyone who is consistently on her feet) can experience. The tendon can become swollen and painful, but there are several steps you can take to care for your swollen Achilles tendon. If the tendon is not properly cared for, the already damaged tendon could become worse.
- Discontinue whatever activity you were doing that injured your Achilles tendon. If you are a runner, for example, you might need to take an extended break. According to
Yourfoothealth.com, if you ignore the problem and continue your normal activity, the swollen Achilles tendon could possibly progress to acute Achilles tendinitis.
Acute Achilles tendinitis could eventually cause you to be unable to walk. Try to avoid walking as much as possible when treating your swollen Achilles tendon. Elevate your leg so that it is above your heart. When you are standing, all of the blood in your body rushes downward. This will cause your heel to continue to swell.
- Ice your Achilles tendon. As directed by Yourfoothealth.com, ice your foot for 20 minutes every hour. You may need to do so for at least one and possibly two days. This
should get rid of most of the swelling in your foot and heel.
Wrap your foot with an elastic bandage. This will compress the swollen area. It will also protect your Achilles tendon from future injuries. You may want to keep your foot bandaged once you resume your regular activities. This bandage will help to give support to the inflamed tendon.
Consult a physician if the problem continues for more than two days. She may ask you to perform some rehabilitation exercises for your ankle. These will include basic stretches and other training techniques. It is important that you follow the doctor's instructions to prevent further injury. If the pain is severe or is accompanied by pain in other areas such as the upper leg, consult a doctor immediately before attempting at home treatment.