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How is Achilles tendonitis treated?

Treatments for Achilles tendonitis are aimed at reducing the strain on the tendon to promote healing. This can be done by avoiding strenuous physical activities or obtaining footwear inserts, called orthoses, from a podiatrist. Inflammation can be reduced by using icepacks, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or corticosteroid injections. The doctor may also provide specific exercises to stretch and strengthen the muscles in the surrounding area once the inflammation has settled. Surgery may be necessary in a case of a ruptured Achilles tendon to reconnect the torn ends of the tendon.

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Author: Dr Bow Tauro PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 10 Jul 2015
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Heel pain


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