Posted: 20/07/2014 at 14:01
Just to throw in my recent experience and how I recovered, i damaged my right achilles in August last year. I had a few more races to run so cut back the training and turned up and ran anyway. I felt fine once I got going, I just hurt in the morning. I'd already decided that come October I'd rest until the new year ready to go again.
The pain improved, but I still had stiffness and discomfort in the morning. It lessened little by little each day but wasn't going. I still couldn't run without aggravating it.
I found that I still had some weakness there, which was easy to test - stand on one foot and lift yourself onto your toes, compare with the healthy side. It wasn't until March that this weakness fully resolved.
But I still had pain, I went to a physio (not my normal one) and we started doing some heel drops. I could have done hundreds of these without any weakness or pain but all that happened was after a few days my achilles was more painful although not weak.
I visited my usual (more expensive physio) a few weeks later and we started on some more basic exercises and again everything was ok, but the pain was still there. But it was something else we discussed that got me thinking and seemed to improve my condition.
Apparently the tissue around the injury can get into a cycle of inflammation and it can be hard to break, so I was asked to massage the area to break down the inflammation and break this cycle. You pinch the area tight and move your fingers up and down the achilles. I used some voltarol gel to aid this and reduce the inflammation and voila in a few days the pain had gone.
I started running, just a mile and still no problem. I went back to the physio and explained what had happened and that I felt it was just the aggravated tissues as opposed to an actual injury and it was agreed I start running again.
In training for half marathon for the first time in a year now
P.S. Really important that I say, this isn't some miracle cure, but that you need to find out whether the achilles is healed and strong or whether it is just a bit angry from swelling and inflammation. If it is still weak it needs rest.