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Will rest cure achilles tendonitis or do i need surgery?

7 doctor answers16 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Usually: Conservative measures, such as rest, stretching, strengthening, etc. Are usually all that is needed to treat tendonitis (achilles or otherwise.) surgery is a treatment of last resort and rarely, if ever, needed for tendonitis.
Dr. Arnold Beresh
Podiatry 41 years experience
It will help: Rest will help. Surgery is usua;y not needed unless there is a tear.
Dr. Alan Ettinger
Podiatry 49 years experience
Rest: And adjunct treatment like pt.
Dr. Ronald Oberman
Podiatry 31 years experience
Rest: Will certainly allow it to heal. However, the underlying cause needs to be addressed to prevent recurrence.
Dr. Ayo Adu
Dr. Ayo Aduanswered
Sports Medicine 14 years experience
Relative rest: Surgery would be an option if you were dealing with an achilles tear, but for tendinitis, no.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
Conservative care: Rest and immobilization is a good idea. Stretching and physical therapy is part of the treatment paradigm as well. Tendonitis by the way is an inflammation of a tendon so unless there is some form of tear surgery would not even be indicated.
Dr. Jimmy Bowen
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 34 years experience
Achilles tendinitis.: Tendinitis is an inflammatory condition that responds to relative rest, ice, antiinflammatories. If present for greater than 6 weeks probably represents tendinosis or disease of the tendon. If tendinosis effects tendon between calf and heel usually responds to an eccentric loading program. If at the heel usually doesn't respond. Other nonsurgical options: gassion massage, prolotherapy, prp.

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