How to Treat Achilles Tendinitis

Achilles tendinitis is the inflammation of the Achilles tendon due to overexertion. Treating this condition entails a regimen comprised mostly of rest, ice, compression and elevation (RICE) for the first 48 to 72 hours.

Instructions

Things You'll Need:

  • ·          Cold Compresses
  • ·         Ibuprofen
  • ·         Plastic Freezer Bags
  • ·         Pots
  • ·         Athletic Tapes
  • ·         Pots
  1.  Step 1

Stop what you're doing and rest the injured area - that is, refrain from participating in the activity that precipitated the pain until the swelling has subsided.

  1. Step 2

Take two ibuprofen every 4 to 6 hours with the onset of symptoms.

  1. Step 3

Apply ice for 20 to 40 minutes every 2 hours, for 24 to 48 hours. Wrap a plastic bag of ice in a towel before placing it against the skin, or soak the foot in a cooking pot or stream of icy water. This will decrease swelling, pain and inflammation.

  1. Step 4

Compress the swollen area by wrapping it in an elastic bandage, ace bandage or athletic tape to limit movement and reduce swelling, allowing the tendons to rest.

  1. Step 5

Elevate the injured area to above the level of the heart. This will help reduce internal bleeding and swelling.

  1. Step 6

Drink lots of water. Urine should be clear in color and copious in quantity.

 

Tips & Warnings

  • Once the swelling subsides, start exercising with simple stretches - toe raises are especially good for the Achilles tendon - if you can do so without pain. Then slowly ease back into your normal workout schedule.
  • If injury doesn't respond to self-treatment in two weeks, see a physician.
  • If symptoms persist or if you have specific medical conditions or concerns, we recommend you contact a physician. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment.



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