I was hiking in the mountains around July 27th and was involved in a minor rock slide and strained my achilles tendon. By the end of the hike I could barely walk on it. I took it easy for a few days and it seemed to be fine. However, this past week it's been bothering me again. It's very stiff when I wake up in the morning and will loosen up throughout the day. I talked to a few people who are nurses and some told me to stay off of it and some told me to continue walking on it and even do some running. I was wondering if anyone on here has had experience with this and could give me some advice. I am a runner and would like to continue to do so but I don't want to make it any worse, especially when the season is right around the corner.
Strained Achilles Tendon
I made the mistake of only resting a day or two when it first happened and since it felt fine started running right away. I've been trying to stay off of it as much as possible since this past tuesday. :( Any idea on how long I should stay off of it? I don't want to re-injure it...again.
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I did the same thing...micro tears...have two ortho friends...both said same thing: get a brace from a surgical supply, black ones with velcro straps to just below your knee, no hinge.
wear it 24/7 and put a lift in opposite shoe or your hips will begin to hurt. wear clogs or anything that elevates the heel much higher than forefoot when you dont have the brace on, or on opposite leg...this takes tension off tendon by shortening it.
epson salt soaks at night...I was pain free ( with advil too, 3/3x day) in a few days. dont run or strech it fot 4 weeks, then start slowly.
This is the recipe for success good luck