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Achilles Tendonitis Treatment & Recovery

by Eric Smith
  • Overview

    Achilles tendonitis is an inflammation or irritation of the Achilles tendon in the ankle. This condition can be caused by sports or other activities that place pressure on the calves or ankle. Achilles tendonitis recovery requires proper rest and care.
  • Home Care

    According to the Mayo Clinic, a speedy recovery from Achilles tendonitis requires rest from activities that stress the injury, ice pack treatment of the affected area several times a day and a compressed bandage.
  • Medications

    The discomfort of Achilles tendonitis can be relieved with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
  • Orthotic Devices

    Temporary foot inserts, or orthotic devices, may be prescribed to be worn inside the shoe to relieve strain on the injured Achilles tendon.
  • Boots and Crutches

    Severe cases of Achilles tendonitis may require a walking boot or the use of crutches to protect the tendon injury as it heals.
  • Surgery

    Achilles tendonitis cases that do not improve with other types of treatment may require surgery to remove inflamed tissue from the area around the Achilles tendon.
  • Symptoms

    The signs of Achilles tendonitis develop slowly and include mild swelling on the Achilles tendon, dull ankle pain while walking, and tenderness or stiffness in the affected area.

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