How to Fix an Achilles Tendon
The Achilles tendon runs along the side of the foot and connects at the heel. It is the largest tendon in the body and is commonly injured. Most cases of torn Achilles tendons are relatively mild and can be treated with simple at-home care procedures.
Things You'll Need:
- · Washcloth
- · Ice pack
- · Pain relievers
- · Comfortable sneakers
- Step 1
Immediately apply ice to the side of the foot and heel after the injury occurs. Wrap ice in a washcloth or towel and apply to skin in 20-minute intervals until pain subsides.
- Step 2
Massage the side of the foot and heel twice daily. This will stimulate circulation and promote faster healing. Rub in circular motions with firm pressure. Stop massaging immediately if pain worsens.
- Step 3
Take over-the-counter prescription pain relievers every four to six hours to ease discomfort. For more severe injuries, speak with an orthopedist for prescription-strength pain relievers.
- Step 4
Rest between 8 and 12 hours a day. Refrain from any physical activity, including running and climbing stairs, until symptoms subside.
- Step 5
Invest in comfortable sneakers to prevent the injury from recurring. Shoes should have good arch support and ample cushioning. Shoe inserts may also help keep foot cushioned and supported at all times.