Other treatments are often used
Achilles tendinopathy and
rupture. Before using other treatments, you most
likely will try rest and medicine to reduce pain and swelling.
physical therapy treatments for Achilles tendinopathy
- Stretching and flexibility exercises to help your tendon heal without shortening and becoming
- Ultrasound heat therapy to improve blood circulation, which may aid the healing
- Massage, to help
increase flexibility and blood circulation in the lower leg and to help prevent
- Wearing a
night brace to keep your leg flexed and prevent your Achilles tendon from
tightening while you sleep. An Achilles tendon that often tightens at night is
not able to heal properly.
If other treatment does not reduce your Achilles
tendinopathy pain, your doctor may recommend using a cast, brace,
walking boot, splint, or other device for 4 to 6 weeks to prevent your lower
leg and foot from moving and to allow the tendon to heal. This is then followed
by physical therapy and modification of activities.
Achilles tendon rupture
cast or similar device can be used to immobilize a ruptured Achilles tendon,
giving it time to heal on its own. A cast or similar device prevents the
lower leg and ankle from moving. Treatment with this type of device may take as
long as 6 months to completely heal a tendon. This is usually followed by a
rehabilitation (rehab) program that helps you regain strength
and flexibility in the tendon and leg. The rehab program may include
physical therapy as noted above.