Strained Achilles Tendon

A strained Achilles’ tendon is a quite painful injury and occurs when the tendon is partially torn, usually through strenuous exercise or heavy exertion.  Oftentimes, the strain will not be noticed until some time after the damage has occurred, when the back of the foot becomes inflamed and very painful when any pressure is applied.

Many times there is a bump or lump on the back of the ankle which has become inflamed and enlarged, and any pressure applied to that area may cause intolerable pain.  Usually the afflicted have trouble putting any pressure on their foot, and depending on the severity of the strain it may be even difficult to walk.

Your doctor can help

The swelling and pain associated with your Achilles heel can be significantly helped by Certain prescription medications, namely muscle relaxers in anti inflammatory steroids.  Your doctor can prescribe medicine which will reduce the length of time it takes for your strain to heal itself, and also give you pain medication to make it more bearable.

Home remedies

The best medicine for a strained Achilles tendon is simply to rest and stay off your feet.  Any strain on the tendon can risk a further tear and setback in recovery time.  Many people find it helpful to be fitted with a soft cast to immobilize the foot and ankle.

Sports creams and ointments such as Bengay can help to relieve the pain.  Applying ice packs can also lessen the swelling by reducing the blood flow to the area.  Alternating ice packs with hot treatments such as in a hot tub or hot shower can also help.  It is best to use ice treatments in the first 48 hours after the injury, and after that substitute them for heat treatment.

Certain stretching exercises can also help, but make sure to increase the range of motion gradually to lessen the likelihood of further aggravating or tearing the tendon.  This can help to loosen it up and get blood flowing to the area to increase the speed of feeling.

Healing time frame

A strained Achilles’ tendon can be notoriously slow and healing and may last several months before fully going away.  It may also seem to be fully healed, only to then come back and flare up again at a later time.

Allow the tendon ample time to heal before placing undue exertion on it to reduce the risk of a full rupture of the tendon, which is when it snaps or rips fully from the bone.

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