Tendonitis of the Achilles Treatment
Treatment for Achilles tendinitis includes rest, cold compresses, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain and inflammation. A splint and crutches may be needed for severe pain or swelling. Most cases of Achilles tendinitis resolve within 2-4 weeks. Pain may persist for months if a person continues to exercise the lower leg or injures the tendon again.
Treatment for Achilles tendinitis may include:
- Cold compresses
- Compression bandage:
- Heel lift shoe insert
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, NeoProfen)
- Ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis, Oruvail)
- Naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, Aleve)
- Celecoxib (Celebrex)
- Achilles tendon splint
- Achilles tendon stretching exercises
- Physical therapy for Achilles tendinitis
Tendonitis of the Achilles Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of Achilles tendinitis.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- Is surgery an option for me?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Do I need to lose weight?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- Will I need physical therapy?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for having this problem again?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
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