Achilles Tendonitis

Stretching

Before getting out of bed in the morning and before going to bed at night, perform the following stretching exercise: keeping the knee straight, use a bath towel around the ball of the foot. Pull the toes up towards the knee and hold for 30 seconds. Repeat this exercise 3 times.


Ice

The motto in Lower Extremity injuries is 'ice forever and heat never.' This holds true for Achilles tendon injuries. At the end of the day, take an ice pack and apply it to the area of tenderness on the Achilles tendon for 15 minutes, then take the ice pack off for 45 minutes. Do this 2-3 times per day.


Medication

Take the anti-inflammatory medication as directed with food. If you begin to experience nausea, heartburn, or other symptoms, discontinue the medication and call the office.


Heel Lift/Orthotics

Heel lifts are often prescribed to reduce the amount of tension on the Achilles tendon. Sometimes, depending on your foot type, we may prescribe orthotics. If you have orthotics, remember they take a few weeks to get used to. They may also need to be adjusted. Take the heel lifts or othotics and put them in every shoe that you wear. Lastly, do not walk without shoes and the inserts (either the heel lifts or orthotics). Going barefoot, in stockings or a shoe like slippers will make your foot problem worse.


Injections

If you have received an injection for your Achilles tendon pain, it is not unusual to experience some discomfort later the same day or the following day until the medication in the injection begins to relieve the pain. In more difficult cases, it is not unusual for the pain to return in 1-2 weeks. It is unusual to experience a great deal of swelling, redness, and pain after the injection. If this happens, please call our office.

Successful treatment of heel Achilles Tendonitis includes effectively reducing the inflammation in the tendon and correcting the mechanical cause of the heel pain. Good results depend upon your faithful participation in the rehabilitation process. This treatment regimen has proven successful and has helped many people relieve their pain.