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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
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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
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