Compression 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 35-54
    • Female
    • 267 lbs
    • 5' 9"
    • Greenwood south carolina
    14
    Apr2016
    • Physical activity per week 0-4 hours
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • Repeat injury? No
    • Runner No
    • If Runner? change in mileage or terrain No
    • Doctor/Care Giver Lake lands ortho

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      Ice, Rest
      Not Improved
      Boot, NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Massage, Brace, Compression, Compression Socks
      Worsened
      Stretching

    Ice worked well but nothing else has my feet hurt and the area around the Achilles area is swollen and it's hard to walk at times


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

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Ice, Rest, Compression, Supportive Shoes, Stretching, Other

    I have dealt with Achilles issues for years too, starting way back in 2008. Derailed multiple seasons for me, and there was a time when I thought 10k was the max my body would allow for. Knock on all the wood but I've been drama free for two seasons of marathon and now Ironman training. Here's how I roll: (btw, 41 years old, 6 feet, 185, MOP everything):

    The thing I recommend right now is this portable ultrasound machine. I have something similar. I worked it into my RICE routine, especially when it was really bad. Ice 2-3x a day and Ultrasound 2-3x day for 10 minutes. In about 10 days I started to notice a change. It helps break up some of the scar tissue that can make achilles issues the plague they can be. Even now, if I feel a bit of ache or twinge after a workout I'll sit with the machine for ten minutes while I watch TV or something and it helps. YMMV, but I can't recommend this highly enough from my experience - I think it was the most significant thing I did to get on the path to wellness. And no, not affiliated with them or anything, probably there are other/cheaper, different/better models out there, this is an example. http://amzn.com/B00T8UH8EE
    I quit trying to be the fastest guy in the world. So many seasons I'd do one too many speed workouts and be out for 6 weeks, and I'd think - I don't care how slow I'd go, I just wish I could be out there. So I limited speed work for several seasons. And I still don't do it as often as most. I'm not out to win any reasons, just enjoy myself. That means intentionally slowing down, and only - diligently, patiently - paying back my training and never going beyond myself. It means I pace much more conservatively than maybe I need to, but I don't care. FWIW, I'm almost as fast this season as I was 8 years ago, I think because I'm not wearing down so hard.
    More proactive rest. I take 2 days off a week. I don't obsess about everything. I do yoga/stretching on one of my days off and treat it like a long run or ride - not negotiable.
    The minimalist shoe fad really did me in. I tweaked my Achilles the first time doing speed workouts on Newtons, and it was years before I felt like myself again. I train and race in Hoka's now. I don't love everything about them, but they're cushy and forgiving and they help keep me out there instead of stuck inside.
    Crossing my legs or sitting for long periods with my elbows on my knees is a major aggravation for me, and can start issues happening if I'm not careful. I'm really mindful of anything limiting blood flow to my lower legs.


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  • 10
    Feb2016
    • Injury Status Cured
    • Runner Yes

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Brace
      Almost Cured
      Ice, Rest, Compression

    I had problems for a while and RICE'd it, reduced volume etc but honestly one of the best things way wearing this when I wasn't swim/bike/running

    http://www.cepcompression.com/...ssion-achilles-brace

    This was mild achilles tendonitis but it did stop me running for a while and forced me to aqua-run to keep volume up.


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  • 10
    Feb2016
    • Injury Status Cured
    • Runner Yes

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Massage, Rest, Compression, Strengthening Exercises

    I've run into this injury while training for half marathons, and the things that have helped me most are:

    1. Let the injury heal completely first - no running
    2. Consistent foam-rolling the area throughout the day
    3. Strengthening the calf muscles above by doing toe raises on a staircase everyday
    4. Running with CEP calf sleeves.

    Like everyone is saying, let the injury heal first. It could take several weeks.


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  • 10
    Feb2016
    • Injury Status Cured
    • Runner Yes

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Ice, Rest, Eccentric Protocol, Compression

    I myself had Achilles tendinitis on my right foot three months ago (about four weeks before my first half marathon). I could not walk without a slight limp, and I was frustrated by the potential loss of fitness from not being able to run.

    For me, I was unable to run for about a week. In the meantime, I biked on the days I was supposed to run, keeping watch on my foot to make sure I didn't aggravate the injury. I also did eccentric heel drops, and I made sure to apply RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) to my tendon area whenever I could while it recovered. Once the pain subsided, I started jogging with easy low mileage for a week and gradually increased my mileage for a couple more weeks before I was finally back on track.

    If the pain comes back, stop running and continue your treatment and alternative exercise. It's not worth it to risk an Achilles tendon rupture


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  • Anonymous Achilles Tendinitis

    • Age 35-54
    • Female
    • 179 lbs
    • Indianapolis
    26
    Jan2016
    • Injury Status Recovering
    • Physical activity per week 8+ hours
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • Repeat injury? Yes
    • Runner No
    • Doctor/Care Giver John Smerek

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Surgery
      Almost Cured
      Boot
      Improved
      Acupuncture, Heel Lifts, Supportive Shoes, Ice, Brace, Orthotics, Stretching, Strengthening Exercises
      Not Improved
      Cast, Night splint, Massage, Cortisone Injection, Physical Therapy, NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Compression Socks
      Worsened
      Taping, Compression, Strassburg Sock

    Tried ALL therapy, recovering now from surgery.


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  • Anonymous Achilles Tendinitis

    • Age 55+
    • Male
    • 278 lbs
    14
    Jan2016
    • Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
    • Chronicity 0 - 6 Months
    • Repeat injury? Yes
    • Change in activity Yed

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Physical Therapy
      Improved
      NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Heel Lifts, Compression, Stretching, Strengthening Exercises, Strassburg Sock, Compression Socks

    Hurt Achilles playing in softball league. Quick start push off. Struggled with pain , inflammation. Did 15 PT sessions , two Dr visits. Anti inflammatories , stem , exercises , stretching. Finally pain/inflammation gone but tendon is thickened with lump. Some slight swelling.


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  • 30
    Apr2010
    • Injury Status Recovering
    • Chronicity 6-18 Months

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Ice, Massage, Rest, Eccentric Protocol, Compression, Supportive Shoes, Stretching

    I had a very bad experience with sore Achilles tendon -- less than a month after I first felt soreness, I ruptured my right one and my left Achilles is still sore to this date (it's been a year). In fact, my left Achilles tendon suffers from chronic tendinitis. No fun.

    The standard protocol for treating the tendon is R.I.C.E.R. -- Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation, Referral. See http://www.thestretchinghandbook...

    Also, when the tendon does feel better, it is important to keep it healthy by doing the following things:
    Stretching the calves
    Doing eccentric exercises to strengthen the calves
    Very gradual return to sports / soreness triggers
    See http://www.achillestendon.com/Tr...

    I also highly recommend checking that you have proper footwear. Either orthotics or a heel cushion may be needed. For more detail, you should consult a medical professional as everyone's feet are different.

    Trust me, the Achilles tendon should not be messed with. The tendon is contained in a sheath where little blood circulation occurs, and as a result the regenerative process takes a very long time.


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  • Anonymous Achilles Tendinitis

    • Age 55+
    • Female
    • 200 lbs
    • 5' 3"
    • Highlands nc
    25
    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
    • Doctor/Care Giver Patty wheeler

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      Ice, Massage
      Not Improved
      Orthotics, Rest, Taping, Compression, Supportive Shoes, Stretching, Compression Socks

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  • 10
    Feb2016
    • Injury Status Cured
    • Runner Yes

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Ice, Rest, Compression

    Achilles injuries suck, and running through them just make them worse. The only way to recover is rest, ice, compress, and elevate (RICE).

    After you run or at least once a day, take an ice pack and hold it close to where the pain usually comes from. I'll usually tie it around my leg so that it wraps around, elevate it to at least the same level as my heart, and keep it there for about 20 - 25 minutes.

    You may also want to take a week or two (or even three!) off.

    Last but not least, invest in a good pair of running shoes if you haven't already. http://www.runblogger.com has all the info you need, and then some, on the best shoes.


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