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How do I treat Achilles tendonitis?

Achilles Tendonitis pain.

Ouch! My aching heel! When your Achilles is killing you, fight back. But kill it with kindness, so to speak. Achilles tendonitis is an overuse injury commonly seen in athletes and middle-aged individuals who run or play sports such as tennis, basketball, and soccer. The pain is localized around the Achilles tendon, spanning from the mid and lower calf to the top of the heel. If you're familiar with this ache, you'll know that it creates pain and stiffness, especially in the hours just after waking.

To treat Achilles tendonitis, use RICE. Rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Rest the leg, apply ice for about 15 minutes after exercise, reduce movement of the tendon by wrapping it with an ace bandage, and raise the foot above the level of your heart to reduce swelling. Remain patient. This condition responds well to self-care, but if pain persists, contact the specialists at Martin Foot and Ankle today. A weak Achilles tendon is at risk for rupturing or tearing. Call (717) 757-3537 or use our website contact form to reach our York, Hanover, Lancaster and Lititz, PA offices. We'll have you back on your feet in no time.

Dr. Michael B. Younes
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