Dance a lot, but now I have Achilles tendonitis. What can I do?

Newer Treatments. I suggest resting the tendon and seeking treatment for this sooner rather than later. I have been dealing with this condition myself for over five years, which was refractory to stretches, heel lifts, and eccentric strengthening. Newer treatments including ultrasounded guided tenotomy & prp really helped me. People are also now using stem cell treatments as well.
Achilles tendonitis. First, it is due to overuse so the first thing you need to do is to stop the activity and rest the tendon. Ice is helpful to reduce inflammation. Anti-inflammatories may also help with pain and swelling. The achilles tendon can be strained due to lack of support in your arch. Orthotics will help.
Stretch! After a period of rest and perhaps anti inflammatories (ibuprofen, aleve, (naproxen).) then start a regular achilles stretching regimen. For some a period of bracing or therapy may be necessary.
RICE. Rest, ice, compression and elevation try to put a pad in the heel of your shoe to raise the heel and take pressure off the achilles tendon. If it persists you need to be examined to make sure there is not a tear.
Stretching. The most important part of treating achilles tendinitis is stretching before activity (such as dancing) and stretching ever morning before walking around tearing at it. It should be stretched both with your knee straight and with it bent (such as crossed over your other knee). Many other treatments available, and can be addressed if initial stretching does not help. Good luck!
Stretch. Start a full stretching regimen before and after you dance. If your in acute pain and need quick relief now, use ice 20 minutes on then 20 minutes off. Use over the counter advil (ibuprofen) for quick pain relief. Also avoid walking in bare feet. Use a shoe with a heel to relax the achilles tendon during every day activity.
Achilles. Your initial treatment would include: ice, rest from activities that aggregate this condition such as running and jumping, anti-inflamatories, mild stretching and wearing a shoe with a slightly elevated heel. If your symptoms persist for a few weeks you should seek professional care with radiographic studies. Physical therapy can also be very helpful.

Related Questions

Do lots of people get Achilles tendonitis, or is it unusual?

No. Check if you got an antibiotic like Cipro (ciprofloxacin) or Levaquin or other quinolone recently (sseveral days, or weeks). Ocassionally pts who took any of these got Achilles tendonitis or even rupture but may affect any tendon in the body. Not common.

I had Achilles tendonitis 5 days ago. I am much better now, so when can I start exercising?

Gradual return. Achilles tendonitis can be chronic and difficult to resolve, so you should return to exercise gradually after a period of rest (2-3 weeks) from high impact activities such as those that require running/jumping. You can start upper extremity exercises immediately.
Status. The achilles will responde to increase stress. So, it depends on what you were doing before the injury and why you got the injury. If you have normal strength and motion to your ankle, and no pain with daily activities, I would tr 5 minutes of activity and stop. Ice rest and let the next morning be your guide. If no pain no problem add 5 more minutes. Go slow and if you have return pain see u4 doc.

I have had Achilles tendonitis for a year now and it is really affecting my dancing. What can I do to treat it?

See a podiatrist. You need to have an exam and then possible physical therapy.
Newer Treatments. Common treatments for achilles tendonitis are gastroc/soleus stretches, heel lifts, anti-inflammatory medications, orthotics, and eccentric strengthening. I have been dealing with this condition myself for over five years, which was refractory to all the above. Newer treatments including ultrasounded guided tenotomy & prp really helped me. People are also now using stem cell treatments as well.

What to do if I have had Achilles tendonitis for a year now and it is really affecting my dancing, any tips for healing?

Eccentric excercises. Look them up. Consider physical therapy. You may have to limit activity for a while if not improving.

I was diagnosed with achilles tendonitis on my right side 7 weeks ago. Now suffering with mild pins & needles in my foot all day. Is this linked?

They may or may not. Be. If there is a swelling around the tendon it may be impinging on a nerve. I would advise you to see a doctor to get to the bottom if it and heal your tendonitits as well.