It can take weeks or even months to recover from Achilles tendinopathy. For most people, the pain and movement get better after around 12 weeks of self-help measures and physiotherapy exercises. But other people may need more specialist treatments. For more information, see our sections on self-help and treatment above.
It’s important to rest your foot and stop doing any activities that may have caused your Achilles tendinopathy. Painkillers and icing the area can help to ease the pain while your tendon heals. Some people need further help, such as physiotherapy. For more information, see our sections on self-help and treatment above.
You might find there are certain things that make your Achilles tendinopathy worse. Any activity that puts pressure on your Achilles tendon at the back of your heel will make it worse. These include running and activities that involve jumping – for example, gymnastics, squash and tennis. For more information, see our section on causes above.
Yes. A physiotherapist can advise you on exercises that can help with Achilles tendinopathy. Achilles tendinopathy exercises can stretch your Achilles tendon over time. These are called ‘eccentric exercises’. You usually need to do these exercises twice a day for at least three months. For more information, see our section on treatment above.
Achilles tendonitis means that your Achilles tendon is inflamed. But sometimes, your tendon can be damaged and not functioning properly without being inflamed. This is why the term Achilles tendinopathy is generally used nowadays. For more information, see our section: About Achilles tendinopathy above.
Wearing well-fitting shoes can help to prevent Achilles tendinopathy and stop it coming back. The right shoes for you will depend on when, where and why you’re wearing them. For running, you should wear well-padded running shoes that give your feet and ankles the right support. A podiatrist can give you further advice.
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