HOW TO TREAT ACHILLES TENDONITIS
When an athlete gets Achilles tendonitis, there is often a tendency to "work through the pain." That's a prescription for disaster. Achilles tendonitis must be recognized and treated early on, before it becomes chronic and debilitating, or the tendon ruptures.
- Step 1
Pay attention to the symptoms and physical findings associated with Achilles tendonitis. The earlier this condition is addressed, the easier it is to treat.
- Step 2
Rest the tendon. Reduce the number of miles run per week, calf exercises and other demanding physical activities and sports. Basically, if it hurts, stop making it hurt.
- Step 3
Ice the tendon after activity. Begin a program of gentle, slow Achilles stretching. Use anti-inflammatories before exercise or as needed for pain.
- Step 4
Place a 1/4 inch lift in the heel of the shoe of the affected foot. A lift of this height should not shorten the Achilles, particularly if immediately remove the lift after the problem resolves.
- Step 5
See your physician if treatments don't alleviate the problem, or it persists beyond 3 or 4 weeks.
Tips & Warnings
- While there has been some controversy about the use of anti-inflammatories for Achilles tendonitis, there have been no definitive studies that associate such use and an increased incidence of Achilles rupture. This is particularly true for intermittent, judicious use.