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Is Nabumetone advisable for achilles tendon injury?

I screwed up my achlieles (spelling?) tendon playing ball. I am 76 but still like to play softball and pickleball. This happened about 5 weeks ago. Have been putting ice and pennsaid on it. Have a doc appt on friday. Found an old script in cabinet. Its nabumetone. Would this help if I took it. Is there a shelf life on it. Bob
Tue, 30 Jan 2018
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Orthopaedic Surgeon 's  Response
dear sir / madam
are you able to climb stairs or do you have any difficulty in climbing stairs,

i would examine your feet for continuity of the tendon,

at this age group degenerative tears of the tendon are expected,

nabumetone or pennsaid and ice reduce the inflammation , and help in relieving pain, but giving rest to the part and achilles strengthening exercises are recommended if tendon is intact,


if it is torn and you want to continue playing soft ball you will weakness in plantar flexion so jumping activities will be difficult , repair of the tendon is advisable taking into consideration risks involved for repair particularly at this age.
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