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Night Splint For Achilles Tendonitis
Achilles Tendonitis: Achilles tendinitis which is stretching the tendon where it inserts on the heel. Try wearing a heel lift in your shoe or a slight heel to relax the tendon from its insertion. Ice, rest, topical irritants like icy hot or bengay can help too. If it doesn't get better visit your local podiatrist for further evaluation and treatment. Possible need to ankle brace, walking boot or physical therapy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Try placing a heel : Lift in both shoes to preload the tendon and not make it work so hard, soak in hot water and Epsom salt or apply ice ( either can work) I would consider a night splint to help stretch the tendon. Massage helps. If you ot for a doctor visit they can prescribe topical meds that are helpful, some physical therapy modalities help like ultrasound, laser or low energy shockwave. ...Read more
Treat now: I suggest seeking treatment for this quickly. Learn from my mistakes. I ignored this condition myself for over five years to the point that traditional treatments including stretches, heel lifts, bracing, and eccentric strengthening didn't help. Newer treatments including ultrasounded guided tenotomy & prp finally helped me. People are also now using stem cell treatments as well. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Multiple things: Ice, gastroc strengthening, gait correction, supportive shoe wear, night splint that keeps foot dorsiflexed all can help non invasively, invasively consider steroid injections, percutaneous debridement/repair, PRP treatment. Also, stretch hamstrings, they can cause stress on gastrocs, then stress on Achilles. May also have to identify other causes, especially as young as you are.Plantar fasciitis? ...Read more
Ineffective healing: When scar builds up in a torn or ruptured tendon, it is often not quality strength and will reinjure easily. The body tried to heal the tendon, but microtraumas continue to happen, cause inflammation and scar not lined up in the long axis of the tendon. Best treatments are often use of undifferentiated cells plus platelet concentrates injected into the tendon to heal with tendon, not scarring. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Only OTC medication I have found to help pain of Achilles tendonitis is aleve. However, I have to take 600 mg. Is that safe on a regular basis?
Yes for short period: Of time, like 4-7 days or so. All nsaids are not recommended for anyone with kidney problems. Normal dose of aleve is 220 or 250 mg twice a day. For short periods of time up to 1000 mg maybe used. I would recommend pt for stretching and splint. If no improvement after 6 weeks, then maybe a MRI might be needed to evaluate the status of the achilles tendon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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