How to Treat Your Achilles Tendon Pain at Home

Your Achilles tendon is a tough, strong band of tissue that connects your heel bone to your calf muscles. It aids you in walking, running, jumping, and many other movements. Even though it’s tough, it’s not indestructible. At our office, Dr. Arash Dini treats Achilles tendon injuries, including partial tears and ruptures, but sometimes Achilles tendon pain doesn’t yet require medical intervention. 

If the pain you feel is mild and isn’t disrupting your life, or you’re just not sure if you should go to the doctor or not, you may want to try the home treatments in this post. If your pain persists after 2-3 days of self-care though, don’t wait any longer -- make an appointment to see Dr. Dini. 

Achilles tendonitis

The most common reason for Achilles tendon pain is Achilles tendonitis, which is when the tendon becomes inflamed. If you’re active in sports or you’re a runner, you’re more likely to experience Achilles tendonitis. 

Most often, you’ll begin to feel the pain associated with tendonitis if you’ve recently ramped up your activity level, or if you’re mostly a “weekend warrior” and play sports on the weekend. You may feel a mild ache just above your heel or in the bottom of your leg. It’s likely worse when you run for a long time, climb stairs, or sprint. 

Self-care for Achilles tendonitis

The first step is to rest. Your tendon needs time to heal, so if you’re going to exercise, choose activities that don’t require using your Achilles tendon, like swimming. 

You may also want to take over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or naproxen. These medications can help ease your pain and may also reduce inflammation. 

The classic home treatment of RICE is a good approach for treating Achilles tendon pain at home: 

The next steps

If your efforts to ease your pain at home don’t result in a pain-free Achilles tendon, book an appointment with Dr. Dini. You may have a partial tear or be in danger of developing one. You should also schedule an appointment if you’ve had more than one episode of Achilles tendonitis. 

You may need to perform certain stretches and strength-building exercises, which we can show you. Sometimes Achilles tendonitis is caused by weak calf muscles. In some instances, a brace or boot can be helpful. 

If you have questions about protecting your Achilles tendon, recovering from tendonitis, or you’d like to learn more about how Achilles tendon injuries are treated, schedule an appointment with Dr. Dini. You can visit one of two convenient locations, in Los Angeles or in Encino, California. We have an easy-to-use booking tool that allows you to request an appointment online at the location of your choice, or you’re welcome to call us to schedule. 

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