A quick visit to the Twin Falls Area Chamber of Commerce’s Community Calendar will show you there is always much to do in Twin Falls on the weekends. Whether you enjoy grooving to live music, playing in charity golf tournaments, or cheering on the riders who participate in motorcycle runs, there is no need to be bored in our community!
Of course, heel pain can quickly cut into your enjoyment of favorite activities. There are various sources of heel pain, including Achilles tendinitis, but we have some good news for you: a little Achilles tendinitis treatment can go a long way towards helping you capitalize on fun weekend activities here in Twin Falls.
If your favorite weekend activity is an intense, competitive game of basketball, tennis, or other sport—especially if your week days are less than active—you have an increased risk factor for Achilles tendinitis. For you weekend warriors, and anyone else with this common source of heel pain, let’s take a look at the following treatment options:
- RICE therapy. This should be your initial wave of self-care when the Achilles tendon is causing pain in the back of your heel. Rest, ice, compress, and elevate your injured foot to give your body time to use natural healing processes, relieve pain, and reduce swelling. Our office will supply you with more detailed instructions regarding these treatment methods.
- Medication. Over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen and naproxen (contact us for dosage recommendations) can assist in reducing inflammation and also relieve painful symptoms. If these prove to be insufficient, we may prescribe stronger medication to help the situation.
- Exercise. It may seem counterintuitive to promote activity in this situation, but specific strengthening and stretching exercises can be beneficial. This will likely be a core component of our treatment plan for you.
- Orthotic devices. The forces placed on the Achilles tendon can be reduced with a wedge or shoe insert that slightly elevates the heel.
- Surgery. In the event the tendon has actually torn, or for stubborn cases that are not responding to conservative care, we may recommend a surgical procedure to repair the tendon.
Be sure to visit Advanced Foot and Ankle when you first notice pain behind your heel. We can accurately diagnose the source to verify that tendinitis is the injury, and then create an effective treatment plan—including home care—to relieve painful symptoms and get you back to your favorite activities.
Call our Twin Falls, ID office at (208) 731-6321 or our Burley office at (208) 312-4646 and we will answer any questions you might have. We can also assist you in scheduling an appointment, or you can request one online right now.