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How Long Should I Rest with Achilles Tendonitis?

Achilles tendonitis involves acute inflammation of the tendon that connects your calf muscle to the heel of your foot. This injury is most often caused by overuse from running or strenuous exercise. The repetitive strain placed on your Achilles tendon can result in pain, tenderness, and stiffness. If you think you’re suffering from Achilles tendonitis, Rest is your biggest ally. There is a lot of achilles tendonitis treatment available if you need it.

Treating Achilles tendonitis

The length of time needed for Achilles Tendonitis treatment depends on the severity of the injury and the individual. When in doubt, please see a physician to determine the severity of your injury to determine the best treatment options. If a tear has not occurred, then 3-4 weeks of rest and care should heal the tendon. During this recovery period, ice the tendon regularly, stretch, and consider taking anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen according to the directions on the bottle. Orthotics can also help in both preventing helping you to overcome Achilles tendonitis. But, before you begin any Achilles Tendonitis treatment you should always consult a Doctor or medical professional.

Injury prevention

If you’ve experienced Achilles tendonitis in the past, or if you just want to take preventative steps to avoid injury, below are a few ideas to help you protect your Achilles tendon. 

Gradually increase exercise

Gradually increase your exercise intensity and duration so your body has time to adjust. 

Stretch regularly

Keep your Achilles tendon flexible by stretching your calves multiple times per day. And we’re not talking about a large time commitment here… 1-2 minutes several times a day should do it. 

Proper Footwear

Shoes matter. A LOT. You need to find the right footwear based on your specific foot type, gait, and activity type. There’s a lot of footwear options out there and Solelytics can help you navigate the world of shoes!

Proper Arch Support

Once you’ve found the right shoe for you, arch support is another fantastic way to keep those feet healthy. But again, there are hundreds of types of insoles and orthotics on the market and choosing the right one for you can be challenging alone. We will also help you determine the right support for you.

Achilles tendonitis doesn’t have to keep you down for long assuming you take care of yourself and listen to your body. Achilles Tendonitis treatment is very accessible with the right information. As with any painful foot condition, call me. I’m here for you and your feet and truly care about finding solutions for you.