How To Treat a Swollen Achilles Tendon

Published: 26th October 2010
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A swollen Achilles Tendon is a sign of something called Achilles Tendonitis. It is sometimes referred to as an inflammation in your Achilles Tendon, but it is not. This is one of the reasons that pain killers or anti-inflammatory drugs do not have any effect. If you have a lot of pain, pain killers can help by removing the pain and the symptoms but it will not cure the actual problem.
If your Achilles Tendon is really swollen the first step is to rest and wait until the swollen part of your Achilles Tendon disappears. The next step is to start doing eccentric calf exercises twice a day. It is really important to know how many repetitions, how often and exactly how to do the exercises. It is also important to be aware of the effects of eccentric calf exercises. The day after your first day in the rehab program your Achilles Tendon and especially your calf muscle will be very sore. Do not bother about it. This is an effect showing that you are on the way to get results. The Achilles Tendon is one of the thickest tendons in your body and it will not break.
Rehab training like eccentric calf exercises can be very boring, but you need to hang In there. It is really the number one action for solving the problem.

Achilles Tendonitis could have many reasons. One of the most common reasons is over pronation. Over-pronation, or flat feet, is a common biomechanical problem that occurs in the walking process when your arch collapses upon weight bearing. This motion can cause extreme stress or inflammation on the Achilles Tendon. You can reduce the effect of over pronation on your Achilles Tendon by wearing shoes with over pronation protection. Another very good thing is to buy custom made insoles for your shoes. It might sound a little bit tricky and expensive, but believe me. If you are overpronating, you will not regret it. It is a big relief and you will not take one more step running without your insoles in your shoes, once you have them.

Your swollen Achilles Tendon could come from pressure that has been put on your tendon. The reasons could be your shoes or that you have used the same shoes for a very long time. Wear sandals as often as you can. If you have to dress up for work, get your working shoes fixed. What I mean by fixing is to remove the back cap of your shoes and attach a soft textile ribbon. That's a job for a professional cobbler.

Finally, remember that reading this article will not solve your Achilles Tendonitis problem. Taking action will!

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