Dec 15, 2010

how to treat achilles tendon injury

What is Achilles tendon?

The Achilles tendon connects the muscles in the back of your lower leg to your heel bone, and it is used virtually every time you use your foot.
Injuries to it often result from taking part in an activity for which you're not properly conditioned, or from a single episode of overactivity, such as hurdling or high jumping.

1. Rest your leg. Minimize your activity and stay off your foot. Otherwise, healing will be impaired.
2. Use ice three or four times a day for 15 minutes at a time. This will decrease the inflammation and numb the pain.
3. Apply heat to the area after the first 24 hours if the swelling has gone down. Use hot soaks, a heating pad or heat ointments.
4. Wrap the injured ankle with an elasticized bandage. The compression will help keep it immobile and facilitate healing.
5. Keep the leg elevated as much as possible. This helps keep swelling at a minimum.
6. Use crutches or some other support for walking for at least 72 hours if you have a moderate to severe sprain. If your foot is casted, you will need support for a longer period.

Tips & Warnings
If you are prone to Achilles tendon injuries, you should do appropriate conditioning and warm-ups before participating in sports or exercise.
Healing times are usually 2 to 10 days for a mild strain, 10 days to 6 weeks for a moderate strain, or 6 to 10 weeks for a severe strain. Repeated injuries may take longer to heal and are more prone to complications.

so that's it. the things i need to do to fully recover from this damn Achilles thing. been bugging me since i was 17 but it got worse last few months. well actually, mine is only mild strain but i have a really, reeeeeally high tendency for this to happen over and over again with even the slightest twist of the ankle. so i'm guessing there's no more futsal for me. *kecewa* but it's okay, i can still jog or play tennis, as long as it doesn't involve activities where i need to kick any kinds of balls. (now that sounds weird)

wish me a rapid recovery! :)