SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
The pain associated with Achilles tendinitis typically begins as a mild ache in the back of the leg or above the heel after running or other sports activity. Episodes of more-severe pain may occur after prolonged running, stair climbing or sprinting.
You might also experience tenderness or stiffness, especially in the morning, which usually improves with mild activity.
Source: Mayo Clinic
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Sean McNally– Achilles tendonitis sucks because you put weight and pressure on your achilles with every step, so you can’t really avoid it. It’s best to be smart and take time off which is what I did. I had it for 3 years and missed a lot of my xc and track seasons. I’m finally back to 100%. It’s really weird finishing races/workouts now without my achilles hurting. While you take time off roll out and ice those calves/achilles A LOT. Ibuprofen is an anti inflammatory which also helps for when it’s really hurting. Once it starts feeling better you can do some achilles strengthening exercises on youtube. REMEMBER BE SMART. If it hurts then don’t do it. Slowly build up strength in it. Mileage wise slowly build back up so you don’t re-injure yourself. Make sure you also get a lot of sleep to speed up the recovery process. I never went to physical therapy or the doctor or anything and this is what I did. Once again I went from the worst pain in my achilles after every run to not even feeling the slightest bit of pain in it now. 🙂
Chris O. Donnell– Lots of calf stretching and rolling, walking in minimalist shoes (lengthening achilles), icing. Use Recover Athletics App, also aqua jogging 30-60min without back floaty
Rohan Chaudhary– Keep your foot unflexed while resting
Joseph Moreno– Take at least a week to two weeks off to heal it. Stretch and massage your calf and under foot. Massage directly on the Achilles with a pinching motion. And obviously RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation).