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Old 08-18-2011, 12:07 PM   #1
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Achilles Tendon Advice

A year ago April I partially tore my Achilles tendon. After months of therapy I got to where I could walk without the boot and walk with a normal gait. One of my problems then and still is the endurance aspect. If I walk for a good distance my leg will start to really hurt me and really feel like it is going to tear in half. My ortho told me that I have really tight heel cores and that I need to stretch them and exercise them which is something that I do. My problem is that I am in college and the college campus is huge. Today alone I walked probably a total of 30 blocks. My leg doesn't normally bother me in the morning because I stretch before I leave the parking deck. My problem is in between classes. I think it's because I do a lot of walking and go straight from that to doing a lot of sitting where that tendon just kind of seizes up. Even though it looks funny to those around me I've gotten into the habit of flexing my foot during class to try to keep that tendon loose. This helps a little but I still hurt a lot.

This is my first week of classes and I have gotten into the habit of icing my leg when I get home and I've been taking naproxen for pain and inflammation but does anyone have any other suggestions on what I can do? I would like to get to the point where I'm not needing the ice or naproxen.

Thanks in advance

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