Minor to moderate Achilles tendon injuries should heal on their own. To speed the process, you can:
- Rest your leg. Avoid putting weight on your leg as best you can. You may need crutches.
- Ice it. Ice your injury for up to 20 minutes at a time as needed.
- Compress your leg. Use an elastic bandage around the lower leg and ankle to keep down swelling.
- Raise (elevate) your leg. Prop your leg up on a pillow when you’re sitting or lying down.
- Take anti-inflammatory painkillers. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen and naproxen will help with pain and swelling. Follow the instructions on the label to help prevent side effects, such as bleeding and ulcers. Take them with food. Check with your doctor first if you have any allergies, medical problems or take any other medication. If you need them for longer than 7 to 10 days, call your doctor.
- Use a heel lift. Your doctor may recommend that you wear an insert in your shoe while you recover. It will help protect your Achilles tendon from further stretching.
- Practice stretching and strengthening exercises as recommended by your doctor, physical therapist, or other health care provider.