Get Answers to Your Questions About Foot and Ankle Care in Pennsylvania
When you have foot and ankle pain, you want answers to your concerns fast. Browse through our collection of answers to frequently asked questions. Our hope is that you will find the information you need to get relief for your foot and ankle pain in Pennsylvania.
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How long does Achilles tendinitis take to heal?
Recovery times for Achilles tendinitis vary depending upon the severity of the injury. It is possible for this recovery time to take up to several months. If a cast is needed to immobilize the injury, the cast may be needed for up to 10 weeks, and that doesn’t include further recovery once the cast is off.
What needing full recovery time does not mean, however, is having to forgo activity entirely during this period. Certain low-impact activities can still give your body a workout without aggravating your Achilles tendon, such as swimming or cycling. What is crucial is that a return to full activity is not started until we have recommended doing so, since pushing the tendon too hard after injury can cause even worse or chronic problems down the line.
At Martin Foot and Ankle, our foot doctors know all about sports injuries and proper rehabilitation. Contact our offices in York, Hanover, Lancaster and Lititz, PA to set up an appointment with a podiatrist by calling (717) 757-3537.
How do I treat Achilles tendonitis?
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.