It may take months, but it depends on how serious your injury is. Different conditions heal at different rates.
You can still be active while your injury heals. Ask your doctor what’s OK to do. But don’t rush things. Don’t try to return to your old level of physical activity until:
- You can move your leg as easily and freely as your uninjured leg.
- Your leg feels as strong as your uninjured leg.
- You don’t have any pain in your leg when you walk, jog, sprint, or jump.
If you push yourself too much before your Achilles tendon injury fully heals, you could get injured again and the pain could become a long-lasting problem.
Here are some things you can try:
- Cut down on uphill running.
- Wear shoes with good support that fit well.
- Stop exercising if you feel pain or tightness in the back of your calf or heel.