4 Treatments for Achilles Tendonitis

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The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in your body and it connects your calf muscle to your foot at the back of the heel. The stress from repetitive exercises like running and from playing sports like tennis and basketball put a lot of pressure on the feet, contributing to conditions like Achilles tendonitis. Also, injury to this tendon is more likely to occur when proper warming up is neglected and when the intensity of an activity is suddenly increased or decreased. 

4 initial treatments for Achilles tendonitis and other tendon and ligament injuries include the following:

  1. The RICE protocol—Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation are essential for letting the initial symptoms subside so a proper evaluation can be made.

  2. Physical therapy exercises—Stretching and strengthening exercises for your calf muscles and tendons can help avoid and treat Achilles tendon injuries.

  3. Custom orthotic shoe inserts—Custom orthotics are very effective and have a profound and quick therapeutic effect. They can shift pressure away from an injury and also align your spine to help with knee, hip, and back problems.

  4. Alternative exercise methods—A great way to give your Achilles tendons a chance to rest and heal is to try other forms of exercise. Swimming can help to reduce the stress and pressure on your feet and ankles.

Remember that it is very important to give yourself some time to heal rather than possibly making the injury worse. A minor injury can quickly become a major problem requiring surgery, so better to stop and assess the situation before continuing to play sports or work out. 

If you are experiencing pain and debilitation from an injury to your Achilles tendon, see your foot doctor for the proper treatment. Call Achilles Foot and Ankle Surgery, PC located in Martins Ferry, Ohio and St. Clairsville, Ohio, as well as Wheeling West Virginia. With access to advanced technologies, Dr. Bruce G. Blank and his staff can help you manage all of your foot and ankle conditions including heel pain, ankle sprains, toe deformities, fungal toenails, and plantar warts. Call 740-633-4188 or make an appointment online today.