There are a variety of treatment options for Achilles injuries. The most effective one for you depends on your unique situation and the extent of your injury. For Achilles tendonitis, conservative therapies like rest, ice, and physical therapy exercises tend to work well. You will probably need to adjust your footwear to provide more support for your heel, and use a compression bandage to discourage swelling. You may still need anti-inflammatory medications to decrease the irritation in your tendon.
A partial tear or a rupture will need more involved treatments. Most complete ruptures are surgically repaired and then immobilized for a period of time, followed with physical therapy to regain your strength and flexibility. Some partial tears can be managed conservatively, using immobilization and exercises to restore the foot.
If you’re concerned about an Achilles injury, have it treated right away. Contact Dr. Darren Silvester at Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic here in Pleasanton, TX, for an appointment by calling (830) 569-3338 or requesting it online.