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Feb. 23, 2009
Men's 55
5 posts
Achilles treatment
I'm sure this has been on this post before , but whats the best treatment for a sore achilles tendon? Hurt it in spring training in Florida a couple of weeks ago, and with the season just starting I'm limping around. Any solid suggestions would be appreciated. Its the area just above the heel
Feb. 23, 2009
Men's 50
7 posts
don't know what the right answer is but i'm fighting this problem right now. went to a foot specialist and got a "boot" to wear at night which in effect pulls your toes back towards your knee, which stretches the tendon while you sleep. the dr. told me this will allow the tendon to heal in the elongated position all night. additionally, i ice my heel about 1/2 hour just before putting the boot on for the night. believe me it will take a while before it heals. make sure you stretch the tendon in the morning when you get up. good luck
Feb. 23, 2009
8 posts
I went thru this myself with the icing, pain pills and braces. I have used massage therapy for my back before so I tried it out on my achilles tendon that was sore and swollen.Use oil on your hands and work the tendon as much as you can. My swelling and pain went away with in 2 weeks and back to playing ball. Good luck.
Feb. 24, 2009
Men's 55
412 posts

I had that problem a couple years ago. I wore an ankle brace all year even after it felt better. Knock on wood no problems last year at all. Hope you have a great season.
Feb. 25, 2009
j nut
Men's 50
4 posts
go to specialist have it checked take time off i had this problem couple years ago i ignore it keep playing then full rapture had surgey!! about year to start running again. good luck
Feb. 27, 2009
Men's 55
33 posts
SteveH ... 1st are you sure it's an achilles and not a lower calf pull? Reason, is that many people mistake the two and the treatments are different. Achilles pulls/tears are very serious and really only heal with complete rest or surgery. Where as lower calf pulls (very painful BTW) are not as serious and can be rehabbed with some of the traditional methods: rest, ice/heat, specific exercises, and even tape to help support it. This isn't guarenteed, but if you can press or pull on your achilles tendon without sharp pain then it's probably not an achilles tear and is a lower calf pull. Mine (lower calf pull) popped during a game a couple different years but was able to rehab them and play again same year. Couldn't walk for a few days and took about a month or more to heal up.
Feb. 27, 2009
Men's 60
78 posts
There is a supporter available from a company called is Click on Products and find the Achilles Tendon Support.

My left Achilles was inflamed last year and an orthopedic surgeon, a foot specialist, a chiropractor, and a physical therapist all told me such inflammation and pain is often a precursor to an Achilles tendon rupture, which concerned me greatly.

A course of ultra-sound and laser therapy, manipulation of the affected area, ice, helped. Ankle braces did nothing for me, but this little Cho-Pat strap really helped relieve the stress on the area and made it possible to play pain-free. I still wear it everytime I play or practice, or run.

Cost about $25 as I recall.

Hope this helps...take it easy on that Achilles.
Feb. 28, 2009
Men's 55
5 posts
Thanks to all that gave the advice to aid in the rehab of the achilles. I've been doing a little of everything and am adding one that actualy helped also. A herb ointment called Armica seems to bring some relief when used to message the tendon. Ive had the brace that DD mentions and it does help. I'm seeing a specialist this week just to be sure its not a tear or as Rhino suggested, to be sure its the achilles or the lower calf. I'm still hopefull to play tournament ball this year, and I do appreciate the comments U have all left. If anyone has any-more please add them. Winter camp in Florida got me excited about playing senior ball, its the 1st time I used the composite bat..hit better today that I did 20 years ago. Thats motivation in itself.
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