Achilles Tendon Problems
Home treatment is often used for Achilles tendinopathy and in physical therapy or rehabilitation after an Achilles tendon rupture.
Follow these steps to rest, heal, and strengthen your Achilles tendon and prevent further injury:
- Rest your Achilles tendon. Avoid all activities that strain the tendon, such as stair climbing or running. Try other activities, such as swimming, while you give your tendon the days, weeks, or months it needs to heal. Your doctor will tell you what you can and cannot do.
- Reduce pain by icing your Achilles tendon and taking nonprescription pain relievers such as Reference acetaminophen or Reference nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) as directed.
- Follow your Reference physical therapy program if one has been prescribed for you. Do gentle Reference stretching Opens New Window Reference Opens New Window and strengthening exercises. Focus on Reference calf stretches Opens New Window Reference Opens New Window.
- Don't smoke or use other tobacco products. Smoking slows healing, because it decreases blood supply and delays tissue repair.
- Wear footwear that protects the tendon while it heals.
- Quality athletic shoes that support your arches and cushion your heels can make a big difference in your comfort and healing. If needed, talk to your physical therapist or Reference podiatrist Opens New Window about heel pads or Reference orthotics.
- A bandage that keeps your foot flexed can restrict the motion of the Achilles tendon.
- A silicone sleeve or pad can distribute pressure on the Achilles tendon.
Achilles tendon rupture
No matter how you treat an Achilles tendon rupture, after treatment it's important to follow your Reference rehabilitation program. This program helps your tendon heal and prevents further injury.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference March 12, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference David Bardana, MD, FRCSC - Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine