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Doing stretching exercises. Developed pain in achilles tendon. Treatment to cure completely?

Feb 2014
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Hi Doctor
I'm a healthy 30 years old male who started exercising in the Gym 6 weeks ago. My last regular exercise was 4 years ago & during this period I gained like 35 Kg of weight (my current BMI is 35).
I started with some cardio (mainly treadmill) & my fitness started to improve slowly.
One day while running on the treadmill I developed dull aching pain in my right heel & Achilles tendon. I ignored it as I thought its muscular & related to my workouts. The pain got severe day by day & I sought medical advice & I was told that it is Achilles tendonitis from over use (Rupture was excluded clinically).
I was put in cast (foot on plantar flexion) & I was using crutches for 2 weeks. The pain improved, but last week started to flare up again. This time they told me no need for cast or crutches & they showed me how to stretch the tendon & asked me to rest from work. I also got ultrasound treatment in physiotherapy.
I can feel that my pain is getting worse & I'm afraid my tendon is going to rupture.
How long shall I continue to be off work?
Shall I stop stretching until the pain subsides completely?
Are there any other treatments that can help me?
Please advice me what to do doctor.

Thank you & best regards
Posted Sat, 9 Mar 2013 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Answered by Dr. Saurabh Gupta 3 hours later
Hi and welcome to XXXXXXX
Thanks for posting your query.

It is important to remember that it may take at least 2 to 3 months for the pain to go away. Otherwise surgery is suggested to repair your Achilles tendon. Running may begin at 6-10 weeks after surgery. Participation in competitive sports can start after 3-6 months.

Continue using stretching exercises as it is a part of physiotheraphy.

Operative brisement (ie, injection of dilute anesthetic into the paratenon sheath under ultrasound guidance to break up adhesions) may be useful in tendinosis.

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections have become popular recently for refractory tendinosis .

Hope this will help you. Please do write back if you have any additional concerns.
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Wishing you good health...

Dr Saurabh Gupta.
Orthopaedic Surgeon.
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