• Injury Status Recovering
  • Chronicity 18+ Months
  • Runner Yes

Treatment Ratings

    Almost Cured
    Ice, Strassburg Sock

I've been battling Achilles pain for the last 5 years or so. The only thing that really helps me is rest, but it always comes back when I go back to running...

I've tried pretty much every treatment you can find out there and these are the ones that work for me:

1) Ice. This really helps in my case, even when there is no apparent swelling. I use the Styrofoam coffee cup technique and massage with the ice wherever it is tender for about 3-5 minutes after running and repeat as needed if it still feels tight.

2) The Strassburg sock (or a cheaper alternative). I am pretty tall, and I often sleep on my back with my heels hanging off the end of the bed. That means my toes are pointed and the Achilles is 'short'. When I sleep like that after a run my Achilles are very tight in the morning and I walk like an 80 year old man for the first half-hour of the day. The sock keeps my foot in a neutral position at night and I usually wake up without Achilles pain.

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