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Taking Care of a Troubled Achilles Tendon

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woman experiencing Achilles tendon painIgnoring trouble doesn’t solve it. Problems need active solutions, and when your health is involved, the sooner the better. In fact, in the case of Achilles tendon trouble, ignoring the problem simply allows it to get worse. The sooner you take care of foot issues, the easier they are to manage. Fortunately there are many conservative treatment options that allow you to take care of Achilles trouble quickly.

Your Achilles is one of the largest tendons in your body, and it supports a lot of weight. It connects your calf muscles to your heel bone, allowing you to point your foot and push off the ground. That puts it under quite a bit of strain on a daily basis, as you might imagine. Naturally this can put you at risk for some painful injuries, like tendinitis and tendonosis.

Treating those problems does take time, but the sooner you begin, the sooner you can eliminate the trouble. Here are some of the best ways to deal with pain and strain in your Achilles:

  • Rest – Take a break from your activities, particularly if they make your Achilles hurt. Give your tendon time to heal.
  • Ice the Pain – When you’re experiencing pain, apply ice. This decreases inflammation and swelling.
  • Stretch – A tight or strained Achilles can be the source of many problems. Stretching regularly can alleviate tension in the tissue.
  • Try Therapy – Physical therapy is great for helping reduce pain while improving strength and proper function after an injury.
  • Get Support – You might need better support for your feet for your Achilles to do its job properly. Better support can help prevent strain and overuse.
  • Quit Smoking and Eat Right – Smoking slows down the healing process, in addition to being generally unhealthy. Skip the smokes and eat healthy foods that have nutrition your feet need.

Ultimately, your treatment should be tailored to fit your exact needs so that the Achilles tendon trouble is resolved and hopefully doesn’t return in the future. Our team at Family Foot Care & Surgery, LLC is happy to help you identify your specific tendon problem and treat it carefully. Don’t wait until you’re limping to get help. Contact our Connecticut offices today for an appointment. Use our online forms or call us: (203) 876-7736 for our Milford office, or (203) 288-4055 for our Hamden location.

Dr. Sanjay V. Patel
Dr. Patel has over 20 years of experience in the field of podiatric medicine and podiatric surgery.
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