Achilles Tendinitis Treatments
Tendinitis is usually treated in a simple way. However, successful treatment requires patience and adherence to treatment guidelines.
Your doctor may recommend a combination of treatments, including:
A. Self-care strategies
- Rest is essential to tissue healing. The duration depends on the severity of symptoms.
- Ice, to reduce pain or swelling. Provide an ice pack on the tendon about 15 minutes after exercise or when experiencing pain.
- The emphasis, use an elastic bandage to compress the Achilles tendon can help to reduce the swelling and reduce movement of the tendon.
- Altitude. The injured leg elevated while sleeping at night.
B. Pain medication
Your doctor may recommend a prescription anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce inflammation and reduce pain.
C. Stretching and exercise
Stretching and exercise may improve healing and prevent disease recurrence. Physicians can demonstrate proper technique or refer to a physical therapist or sports medicine specialist.
These techniques include:
- Stretching with knees straight. Leaning against the wall with your knees straight and heels on the floor to stretch the top of your calf muscles.
- Stretching with knees bent. Place the front legs and then flex the knee and ankle with the heel flat on the floor to stretch the lower calf muscles.
- Exercising the calf muscles. Strong calves help strengthen the tendons and treat Achilles tendon. One example is a type of exercise training by lifting and lowering the body resting on the foot.
Other treatments for Achilles Tendinitis
Additional treatments for Achilles Tendinitis may include the following:
- Orthotic devices to protect or change the position of the foot and ankle to speed healing. Enter for a prop in a slightly raised heel shoes can relieve tension and reduce the amount of force exerted on the tendon.
- Injections of corticosteroids may be used with caution to reduce the inflammation around the tendon that has been chronic, especially when inflammation is almost heading stage tendon rupture
- Injections of platelet rich plasma (PRP) is a relatively new treatment for treating chronic tendon problems. The trick is to inject your own blood plasma contains factors accelerating healing at the site of the inflamed tendon.
- Surgery to repair damaged tissue and improve the function of the tendon is performed only when conservative treatment does not show results or cause more severe symptoms.
Prevention Of Achilles Tendinitis
- Increase activity gradually. If you are just starting an exercise, start slowly and gradually increase the duration and intensity of exercise.
- Avoid activities that put pressure tendon, like walking down the hill. If you participate in strenuous activity, warm up first. If you feel pain during exercise, stop and rest.
- Choose shoes with caution. Shoes that are worn during exercise should have adequate cushioning in the heel and must have a strong curvature to help reduce tension in the tendon.
- Stretch every day. Take the time to stretch your calf muscles and Achilles tendon in the morning, before exercise and after exercise to maintain flexibility.
- Strengthen the calf muscles. Strong calf muscles and Achilles tendon allows calves able to withstand the pressure when activity and exercise.
- Replace high-risk activities such as running and jumping, with low activity at risk such as cycling and swimming.
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