Taping for Achilles Tendinitis

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  • Anonymous Achilles Tendinitis

    • Age < 18
    • Female
    • 5' 3"
    • Sydney, Australia
    12
    Jul2016
    • Injury Status In Pain
    • Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • Repeat injury? Yes
    • Runner Yes
    • If Runner? change in mileage or terrain Yes

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      Physical Therapy, Rest, Taping, Heel Lifts, Stretching, Strengthening Exercises
      Not Improved
      Ice, Massage
      Worsened
      Compression

    I've been to multiple doctors who still don't know if there's anything wrong with my tendon. Having this injury for 4+ years has been quite annoying, especially when I do activities such as dance, netball, soccer and gymnastics and sometimes just walking in general causes me pain. It has been unfortunate that I have had to give up some of these things because of my injury. I have been to a couple of PT sessions but they don't do much to help improve my tendon. If anyone has any advice that would be helpful. Thank you.


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  • Anonymous Achilles Tendinitis

    • Age 55+
    • Female
    • 175 lbs
    • 5' 8"
    • Crystal Lake, IL
    26
    Apr2016
    • Injury Status Recovering
    • Physical activity per week 0-4 hours
    • Chronicity 6-18 Months
    • Repeat injury? No
    • Runner No
    • If Runner? change in mileage or terrain No

    Treatment Ratings

      Not Improved
      Physical Therapy, Ice, Cortisone Injection, Massage, Rest, Taping, Stretching

    Fell down hill breaking ankle.


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  • Anonymous Achilles Tendinitis

    • Age 35-54
    • Female
    • Cortez,colo
    26
    Apr2016
    • Injury Status In Pain
    • Physical activity per week 8+ hours
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • Repeat injury? No
    • Runner No
    • If Runner? change in mileage or terrain No

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      Boot, NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Supportive Shoes, Rest
      Not Improved
      Strengthening Exercises, Stretching, Heel Lifts, Taping, Brace, Massage, Shockwave, Ice, Orthotics, Compression Socks

    Rest,stretching and massaging w creams and oils. Doctor will not give me a cortisone shot out of fear it would be to painful. I really do need something done.


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  • 24
    Apr2016
    • Injury Status In Pain
    • Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • Repeat injury? Yes
    • Runner No

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Ice, Massage, Taping, Heel Lifts, Stretching
      Not Improved
      Orthotics, Shockwave, Supportive Shoes

    Have tried many things including the non FDA approved Shockwave Theapy which has not been effective after the four recommended treatments. I find the best thing for pain relief is REST which is nearly impossible as I work on my feet all day in healthcare. Dynamic stretching especially the kind that Yoga can give is also temporarily effective.


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  • Anonymous Achilles Tendinitis

    • Age 55+
    • Female
    • 200 lbs
    • 5' 6"
    • Austin, TX
    24
    Apr2016
    • Injury Status In Pain
    • Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • Repeat injury? No
    • If Runner? change in mileage or terrain No

    Treatment Ratings

      Not Improved
      NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Ice, Massage, Rest, Taping, Eccentric Protocol, Heel Lifts, Stretching

    Nothing has worked, Currently trying pulsed EMF therapy. It does relieve pain temporarily, but has not helped on a more permanent basis.


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  • Anonymous Achilles Tendinitis

    • Age 35-54
    • Male
    • 135 lbs
    • 5' 7"
    • Mustang, OK
    17
    Apr2016
    • Injury Status Recovering
    • Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
    • Chronicity 0 - 6 Months
    • Repeat injury? No
    • Runner Yes
    • If Runner? change in mileage or terrain Yes

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      Massage, Rest, Supportive Shoes, Stretching, Strengthening Exercises
      Not Improved
      NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Ice, Taping, Compression Socks

    Sore Achilles due to a bad experience with running shoes. Continued to run with the right shoes before it was healed and aggravated it. The only thing that has helped much has been just taking time off from running. Wrapping a heat pad around the shoe area also seems helpful, plus I have done some stretching exercises. Nothing was effective without stopping running however.


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  • janea Achilles Tendinitis

    • Age 55+
    • Female
    • 185 lbs
    • 5' 5"
    • Blacksburg VA
    17
    Apr2016
    • Injury Status In Pain
    • Physical activity per week 0-4 hours
    • Chronicity 6-18 Months
    • Runner No

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Physical Therapy, Ice, Massage, Rest, Taping, Stretching, Strengthening Exercises

    Left Achilles began to hurt while recuperating from right Achilles surgery. Area swollen and had to ice and rest at the beginning of PT. Slowly began exercises but after 7 weeks of PT still experiencing pain and weakness although pain has decreased in strength.


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  • Zumba Luis Achilles Tendinitis

    • Age 55+
    • Male
    • 220 lbs
    • 5' 9"
    • Philadelphia Pennsylvania
    15
    Apr2016
    • Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • Repeat injury? Yes
    • Doctor/Care Giver Excel

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      Orthotics, Ice, Massage, Heel Lifts, Strengthening Exercises
      Not Improved
      Taping

    Achilles' tendon and heel pain. The best therapy is Tens machine and strengthening exercises+massage


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  • Deborah Achilles Tendinitis

    • Age 55+
    • Female
    • 233 lbs
    • 5' 5"
    • Richmond Ky
    14
    Apr2016
    • Injury Status In Pain
    • Physical activity per week 0-4 hours
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • Repeat injury? No
    • Runner No
    • Doctor/Care Giver Anne Douglas

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      Boot, Stretching, Supportive Shoes, Taping, Rest, Massage, Cortisone Injection, Ice, Physical Therapy, NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Strengthening Exercises

    Pt therapy helped decrease muscle knots, injection helped for a few days.


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  • 10
    Feb2016
    • Injury Status Cured
    • Chronicity 0 - 6 Months
    • Runner Yes

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Ice, Massage, Eccentric Protocol, Heel Lifts, Stretching, Strengthening Exercises
      Almost Cured
      Boot
      Improved
      Taping

    Three years ago as a HS sophomore, I had severe achilles tendinitis and crepitus (the creaking sensation that comes with bad tendinitis) when coming back from a stress fracture that had me on crutches and in a boot. I was able to kick it within about 8-10 days (while cutting running back to only easy runs on flat surfaces, length was typically not an issue as long as pain allowed). The things I did were:

    1) Lots and lots of heel drops/calf raises. Hundreds every day.

    2) Ice after every single run using a dixie cup with water frozen in it. These were really great in reducing inflammation as soon as I finished running.

    3) Roll and stretch the calves, preferably right after the heel drops/raises.

    4) Strengthen the ankles - practice standing on one foot. Do sets of 1 minute at a time, for each leg.

    5) In order to continue to be able to train, the PT I worked with cut me a piece of cork, about 1/4 of an inch thick. It was shaped to allow it to fit under my heel under the insole of my shoe. These helped take stress off of the calf while still letting me run.

    6) One other thing I believe helped me a lot was KT tape. The jury is still out on its effectiveness, but it did help me manage the pain and continue to run through the injury. The image at this link shows the tape pattern my PT used on me: http://rosaninstones.nl/...-tendinopathy-i2.png

    7) Cross train with other activities if pain doesn't allow running - I spent a lot of time riding a trainer and pool running when I was able to get to the pool. Riding was great because it increased blood flow without much flexion of the ankle area.

    I was racing well within 14 days of my achilles flaring up


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  • 10
    Feb2016
    • Injury Status Cured
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • Runner Yes

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Rest
      Not Improved
      Physical Therapy, Massage, Taping, Eccentric Protocol

    Mid-30's, been running an avg of 20 mi/week, on the low end, for the past 15 years. After a move across the country I took about 3 years off of racing and then decided to get back into it (running/racing). My cardio was good so I just got back into the proverbial saddle and then Achilles pain began to creep. Got to the point where it was extremely painful to get out of bed in the morning and would bring me to a hault mid-run.

    After seeing a PT for several months, taking off a few months here and there, eccentric stretching/strengthening, KT tape, massage therapy, etc. The pain continued to come back time and time again. Very demoralizing, indeed.

    The solution? Well the probablem is I can't say with absolute certainty that this was the cure...and it's certainly not the answer you probably want to hear but quite simply, it's time off. I became so frustrated that I gave up running and endurance sports for over two years. I lifted weights and rock climbed a couple of times a week but that was about it for physical activity. Even so, there would be days where my Achilles would hurt just a little bit...as if to remind me that I could no longer run.

    Then after a long winter and a few months of not noticing any residual soreness, I decided to give it a go again. In May I began running with the mindset that if I ever started to feel the pain I would stop. My cardio was embarrassing (and my weight had jumped 40 lbs from my racing peak) but in a way it was good because it prevented me from going too far, too fast. I began doing 1-2 miles 2-3x week and SLOWLY progressed from there with stretching before-and-after every run and applying cold after each run.

    Now I'm back to about 20 miles a week (as I said, taking it SLOW) and I'm cautiously optimistic. I was just talking with my wife earlier about how excited I was with my lack of Achilles pain and am planning on a 70.3 next year (either Tempe or Lack Stevens). If all else fails and if you absolutely do not want to go the surgery route, take the time. Don't give up hope and let yourself get fat and out of shape as I did, but avoid running and explosive actions (e.g. box jumps).

    In my completely ignorant surmise, it wasn't until I gave up on ever correcting the problem that I was able to leave my Achilles alone long enough for it to recover. Take from that story what you will. I'm sympathetic to anyone with a similar injury and wish there were better understanding of the healing process in this particularly situation.


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