Home treatment is often used for
Achilles tendinopathy and in
physical therapy or rehabilitation (rehab) after an Achilles
Follow these steps to rest,
heal, and strengthen your Achilles tendon and prevent further injury:
Rest your Achilles tendon. Avoid all
activities that strain the tendon, such as stair climbing or running. Try
other activities, such as swimming, while
you give your tendon the days, weeks, or months it needs to heal. Your doctor will tell you what you can and cannot do.
Don't smoke or use other tobacco products.
Smoking slows healing, because it decreases blood supply and delays tissue
Wear footwear that protects the tendon while it heals.
Quality athletic shoes that support your
arches and cushion your heels can make a big difference in your comfort
and healing. If needed, talk to your physical therapist or
podiatrist about heel pads or
A bandage that keeps your foot
flexed can restrict the motion of the Achilles tendon.
sleeve or pad can distribute pressure on the Achilles tendon.
If your Achilles tendon shortens and
stiffens while you sleep, your doctor may suggest that you wear a
night brace to keep your foot flexed.
Achilles tendon rupture
No matter how you treat an Achilles tendon rupture, after treatment it's important to follow your
rehab program. This program helps your tendon heal and
prevents further injury.