I was reading a running forum and one runner who was suffering from achilles tendonitis asked what is the best form of treatment.
The best answer I read was from a runner called Chris, it went like this
I have/had Achilles Tendinitis. My first flare up was during my training for the Charlottesville Marathon. I didn’t end up running that marathon – but I did prevent my Achilles tendonitis from going into high gear. Achiles tendinitis isn’t cut dry. You don’t just have it or not. There are several stages/degrees. I had the “beginning stages” (this was per my orthopedic doctor).
Five Step Treatment of Achilles tendinitis
He told me to continue to run at a limited amount (incorporate cross training) and start a few things:
1. Ice nightly – i fall asleep with ice packs wrapped around my achilles.
2. anti-inflammatory – he started me on naproxcin, but recommended me taking that for only a short time. After a week or so of that he told me to switch to Quertecin/Bromelain mixture (can get it @ The Vitamin Shoppe, or other health food stores). It’s a natural anti-inflammatory. So, I take that (still) 2x’s a day.
3. Avoid walking barefoot. I am currently in my pj’s – and I have a pair of tennis shoes on. It looks ridiculous but it helps.
4. Stretch out your at before you step out of bed. Take your big toe and point it up to the sky for 15 sec – 3x’s before planting your feet on the floor.
5. Stretch throughout the day – and especially throughout your runs.
It took me 4 months to get my Achilles Tendon back to normal, but be warned. Once you get it you are now susceptible to getting it again (I know it sucks). I have had it 2 times in the past 2 years. The first time it took 4 months, the following time I was prepared and nipped it in the butt and it never got out of hand.
I hope this helps a little. I know how much I love to run and even the slightest set back makes me sad.
Good luck to you!