Health Tip: Achilles Tendonitis

Tips for speedy healing

(HealthDayNews) -- Achilles tendonitis occurs when the tendon connecting the heel bone to the calf muscles of the leg gets irritated and swollen.

Runners are particularly prone to Achilles tendonitis. The condition develops slowly and is hard to treat. Early symptoms include swelling and redness over the tendon. If you ignore these signs, more serious symptoms are likely to occur, says the Detroit Medical Center.

Catch the condition early, then use these tips to speed healing:

  • Stop doing the activity that caused the condition, and do 20-minute ice massage sessions every 4 to 8 hours for 48 to 72 hours. After 72 hours, begin moist heat treatments.
  • Seven to 10 days after you notice the first symptoms, start a recovery program to stretch and strengthen your calf muscles and ankle.
  • Wear half-inch heel lifts in both shoes to relieve tension. Wear running shoes with rigid heel support.
  • Cross train, performing aerobic activities that don't stress the Achilles tendon, such as cycling or swimming.
  • If the problem doesn't clear in two weeks, get medical care.
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