How to Treat Achilles Tendonitis

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Your ability to walk, run, or stand requires the normal functioning of the Achilles tendon. This is the largest tendon in your body, and it connects your calf muscle to the back of your heel bone. While it is a robust tendon, it is still susceptible to injury from overuse and stress giving rise to the condition called Achilles tendinitis.

Always focus on starting and stopping activities gradually to help avoid the sudden stress that can cause an Achilles tendon strain or tear. An Achilles tendon injury can be extremely painful and debilitating so be sure to see your foot doctor for treatment.

Treatments for Achilles tendonitis include the following:

  • Orthotic shoe inserts—Custom made orthotics, and other devices can help redistribute pressure away from the heel.

  • The “RICE” method—Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation should be practiced as soon as you notice the injury to prevent causing more damage.

  • Physical therapy exercises—Warm up your calf muscles and ligaments with stretching and flexing exercises prior to working out to help avoid Achilles tendon injury

  • Change activities to avoid heel stress—Try doing a low impact or no impact activity like swimming to give your Achilles tendon time to heal while still getting some exercise.

Never ignore heel pain and try to play through the discomfort since this will usually make matters worse.

If you are experiencing the symptoms of Achilles tendonitis, see your foot care professional for the proper care. At E.J. Nemet Podiatry in Twinsburg,  E.J. Nemet, DPM, treats a variety of foot and ankle conditions, including sports injuries, pediatric foot problems, diabetic foot complications, nerve disorders, and toenail and skin conditions. With advanced technologies and dedicated staff, Dr. Nemet provides expert and compassionate care to patients in the Twinsburg and Beachwood areas. To contact us or to schedule an appointment, please call (234) 212-9940.