Perhaps some of the worst words you can hear as an athlete is, “you need to rest.” Stopping your favorite activities, such as running, boot-camp style classes, or other forms of activity puts a serious damper on your happiness. You can’t imagine life without the sport you love, yet with Achilles tendonitis, you don’t have much of a choice. Or do you?
What Caused Your Achilles Tendon to Become Inflamed?
When you’re participating in your favorite sports, your muscles become tired and fatigued. As you power through the pain to get in that extra mile, point, or lap, you put extra burden on an already stressed muscle.
Stretching your muscles immediately after this push helps stimulate blood flow in your calves and tendons. Still, when you over-train or train too quickly, you do more damage than a little stretching, ice, or anti-inflammatory medication can resolve. When that happens, you could develop tendonitis.
How to Keep Moving After This Common Sports Injury
Being diagnosed with Achilles tendonitis isn’t the end of the world. The key is to catch it early and do the work it takes to prevent your condition from worsening.
If you’ve experience any reduction in your ankle mobility, redness, heat, or a cracking sound in your ankles around the Achilles tendon, take a few days to rest. While resting, you can still stay active by doing the following sports:
Running in the pool
Bicycling in a low gear
During this rest period, try some of these at-home treatments to see if your condition improves.
Ice the area for 15 minutes until the inflammation is reduced.
Take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication.
Stretch your calf muscles by raising your feet up and down. Don’t start running again until you can do this without pain.
If that does not work after a few weeks, you might need more intensive treatment from a foot and ankle doctor. As an athlete, Dr. Evan Merrill understands the frustration of being taken off your feet by Achilles tendonitis. If you’re frustrated, it’s time to seek help from a foot and ankle doctor who gets it.
Book your appointment with Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle, LLC, by calling 844-899-6826 to get started on the path toward recovery and get back on your feet fast.