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Will any over-the-counter anti-inflammatory agents help with Achilles tendonitis?

Will any over-the-counter anti-inflammatory agents help with Achilles tendonitis?

Yes, sometimes: You may get some relief of pain and inflammation from otc nsaids. Topical nsaids may also help. I would suggest resting the area, use ice, lift the heel with a heel lift, and avoid exercises that may stress the achilles. A physician or physical therapist may be able to tape the foot in plantarflexion for immediate relief of pain. ...Read more

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Achilles Tendonitis (Definition)

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What is the treatment for Achilles tendonitis?

What is the treatment for Achilles tendonitis?

Achilles tendinitis: Tendinitis refers to an acute condition lasting less than 6 weeks. Treatments include relative rest, antiinflammatory meds, icing, then progressive strengthening prior to returning to full activity. If it has been present for greater than 6 weeks probably represents tendinosis or disease of the tendon. Txment for that is an eccentric loading program, small heel lift, or regenerative injections. ...Read more

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I've got Achilles tendonitis. What is the best treatment for this?

I've got Achilles tendonitis. What is the best treatment for this?

The best...: ...Is the one that works for you. Tendonitis can get better or worse despite any therapy. That said, I do not agree with the standard treatments. You want to increase blood flow to the feet (daily hot soaks and warm socks), and stimulate your circulation while limiting pain with skin brushing twice a day. Braces and ice with chronic tendonitis seem counterproductive. ...Read more

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If I have Achilles tendonitis, what would be good treatment to try?

If I have Achilles tendonitis, what would be good treatment to try?

Other suggestions: I have been dealing with this condition myself for over five years, which was refractory to stretches, heel lifts, anti-inflammatories, and eccentric strengthening. Newer treatments including ultrasounded guided tenotomy & prp really helped me. People are also now using stem cell treatments. ...Read more

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Best treatment for inflammed Achilles tendonitis that has become acute for over 18 months?

Best treatment for inflammed Achilles tendonitis that has become acute for over 18 months?

Achilles tendonitis: Persistent discomfort more than 6 weeks is consider chronic. In your case you may need physical therapy, x-ray or mri, maybe referral to ortho. We want to avoid rupture, and gradually improve your symptoms. ...Read more

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Which treatment works the best and fastest for Achilles tendonitis?

Which treatment works the best and fastest for Achilles tendonitis?

PT: Avoiding the painful activity. Ice, antiinflammatories, stretching. Physical therapy. This can take time to heal. Be patient, and it will pay off later. ...Read more

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Why is it that an Achilles tendonitis is not responding to treatment?

What treatment?: What type of treatment are you undergoing? Achilles "tendinitis" is responsive to eccentric loading physical therapy and radial shock wave therapy. Rarely, neither of these work and an invasive procedure such as breisment or surgery is needed. ...Read more

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Is heat therapy effective for treating Achilles tendonitis / tendonosis?

Is heat therapy effective for treating Achilles tendonitis / tendonosis?

Sometimes: If you have tendinitis - icing is best to help decrease inflammation as well as NSAID medication (i.e. Ibuprofen, naprosyn). Heat may help "loosen up" the tissue prior to therapy/exercises. Icing should be resumed post exercise to again decrease inflammation. ...Read more

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Will rest cure Achilles tendonitis or do I need surgery?

Will rest cure Achilles tendonitis or do I need surgery?

Relative rest: Surgery would be an option if you were dealing with an achilles tear, but for tendinitis, no. ...Read more

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Only OTC medication I have found to help pain of Achilles tendonitis is aleve (naproxen). However, I have to take 600 mg. Is that safe on a regular basis?

Only OTC medication I have found to help pain of Achilles tendonitis is aleve (naproxen). 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 (naproxen) 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 more

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Achilles tendinitis is killing me. 3 sessions of ESW therapy didn't help either. What to do?

Stop hurting it.: Achilles tendonitis can be a very frustrating condition to treat. The speed of improvement is slower than the patient is willing to wait on. So many times, the inflammation is treated and not the cause of the inflammation process. The idea is to get more blood to the tendon without adding more injury. I find the best way is moist heat applied to the area and often. Use a Cam walker for protection. ...Read more

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When treating Achilles tendinitis, best schedule for ice therapy and stretching?

Not that simple: Treatment for achilles tendinitis varies with the location of the pain along the tendon, the duration, the cause, and your activity level. Giving you a "schedule" for stretching not knowing these factors would be unwise. In addition, the achilles has a poor blood supply. If you have injured this, ice may actually delay the healing process. Please have this examined by a specialist. ...Read more

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I have Achilles tendinitis and go to physical therapy I take tramadol 3 times a day I usally take one before I got to therapy but still hurt while doing it the therapist reccomend an NSAIDs patch why would they reccomend that ?

NSAIDs: Assuming your diagnosis is tendonitis, your physical therapist likely recommended an NSAID patch to directly to your Achilles tendon to reduce inflammation. NSAID patches are indicated for acute episodes of inflammation including tendinitis. You can also consider systemic (oral) NSAIDs such as ibuprofen or aleve (naproxen). ...Read more

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What to do if I have achilles, tendonitis or rupture, i don't know which?

What to do if I have achilles, tendonitis or rupture, i don't know which?

See an orthopaedist: If the tendon ruptures, you usually know it because it happens as a sudden event with pain, swelling, and you wont be able to push down with your foot. If it is tender / painful where the tendon attaches to the foot, it could be tendinitis. If it doesn't get better with rest, see an orthopaedist. ...Read more

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How can I help heal my Achilles tendonitis?

How can I help heal my 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 more

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Achilles Tendon (Definition)

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Tendinitis (Definition)

The inflammation of a tendon, ...Read more