Symptoms of Achilles Tendinitis:
2. Eliminate running or greatly reduce your running. Do not jog on hills. Avoid jogging on roads/sidewalks.
3. Modify your shoewear or get fitted for orthotics.
4. Eliminate intervals.
5. Increase calf stretching, and perform prior to and after exercising.
6. Use ice or ice massage to the Achilles tendon, especially after your sport.
7. Consider seeing a physical therapist and/or a certified prosthetist/orthotist.
8. Ask your primary doctor for a referral to an orthopedic foot/ankle specialist.
9. Return to your sport at a slow, pain-free pace.
10. Incorporate eccentric calf strengthening (if they can be done pain-free). For example, stand and do a calf raise with both legs. At the top of the calf raise, release the good leg so that you are standing only on the affected leg. Use the affected leg to lower yourself back down. Repeat 3 sets of 10-15 reps.
Greenberg RC, Saltzman C. “Achilles Tendon Dysfunction,” in Brotzman SB, Wilk KE. Clinical Orthopaedic Rehabilitation, 2nd ed. 2003: Mosby. Pages 405-410.