A few days ago we posted about Achilles tendon injuries in football. One of the most common injuries in that area of the body is Achilles tendonitis, which is inflammation of the tendon. When the Achilles tendon is used frequently (such as in football and other sports), this can cause wear and tear. People with Achilles tendonitis tend to experience pain and swelling in their heel and lower calf, which can get worse with more physical activity.
Here are some ways you can help treat Achilles Tendonitis:
- Take a break from physical activities. If possible switch from high-impact activities, such as running, to low-impact activities such as biking and swimming. Rest if you find that pain increases.
- Ice the inflamed area. Applying cold therapy can help reduce swelling and pain.
- Wear an Achilles tendon brace. Braces for Achilles tendonitis help support the foot and reduce the amount of pressure applied to your tendon when walking. (For example, the Aircast Airheel ankle brace.)
- Stretch the area. Consult a doctor or physical therapist for proper stretches and exercise for your Achilles tendon.