Achilles Tendon Problems (cont.)
IN THIS ARTICLE
When To Call a Doctor
Call your doctor immediately if you think you have an Achilles tendon problem (at or above the back of your ankle) and:
If you have had an Achilles tendon injury in the past and you have reinjured your Achilles tendon, call your doctor to find out what you need to do. Rest your lower leg and foot until treatment begins.
Watchful waiting is a period of time during which you and your doctor observe your symptoms or condition without using medical treatment. Watchful waiting is not appropriate if you have severe pain in the Achilles tendon area. If you think you have injured your Achilles tendon, call your doctor. Early treatment is most effective in healing the Achilles tendon.
If you think you have Achilles tendinopathy, rest your lower leg and foot for a couple of days and avoid any hard activity. Use ice and pain-relieving medicines to reduce the pain and swelling, and follow the other steps in the Home Treatment section of this topic. If you have weakness, cramping, or constant pain in your Achilles tendon, call your doctor.
Who To See
Health professionals who can diagnosis and treat an Achilles tendon problem include:
You may be referred to a physical therapist for exercises to rebuild your Achilles tendon and leg muscle strength.
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
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