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Will rest cure Achilles tendonitis or do I need surgery?
15 doctors weighed in

Dr. Ayo Adu
Sports Medicine
9 doctors agree
In brief: Relative rest
Surgery would be an option if you were dealing with an achilles tear, but for tendinitis, no.

In brief: Relative rest
Surgery would be an option if you were dealing with an achilles tear, but for tendinitis, no.
Dr. Ayo Adu
Dr. Ayo Adu
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Dr. Jimmy Bowen
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
6 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Jimmy Bowen
Dr. Jimmy Bowen
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6 doctors agree
In brief: Rest
Will certainly allow it to heal.
However, the underlying cause needs to be addressed to prevent recurrence.

In brief: Rest
Will certainly allow it to heal.
However, the underlying cause needs to be addressed to prevent recurrence.
Dr. Ronald Oberman
Dr. Ronald Oberman
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5 doctors agree
In brief: Rest
And adjunct treatment like pt.

In brief: Rest
And adjunct treatment like pt.
Dr. Alan Ettinger
Dr. Alan Ettinger
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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry
4 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Jeffrey Kass
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Kenneth Cheng
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
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1 doctor agrees
In brief: It will help
Rest will help. Surgery is usua;y not needed unless there is a tear.

In brief: It will help
Rest will help. Surgery is usua;y not needed unless there is a tear.
Dr. Arnold Beresh
Dr. Arnold Beresh
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