Thank you for your question!
We’re limited in our ability to give you specific information without doing an examination; however, we can give you some general information that may be helpful.
People with Achilles tendinitis, tendinosis, or bursitis commonly tolerate exercise and stretching within an individualized physical therapy program quite well and show faster and more long-lasting improvement than with immobilization in a boot alone.
In general, strengthening and stretching of the Achilles in a focused and appropriate way with an exercise program will help it recover well. In cases where there is significant pain that is causing limping, or an inability to participate in daily activities, a boot can be worn for a minimal amount of time to facilitate return to normal activity.
The likelihood of doing damage to the Achilles or other tissues in the ankle with a focused exercise program is very low. Pain, especially in the Achilles, does not tend to correlate with tissue injury, but rather, tissue irritation and discomfort. Typically, exercise for the Achilles starts with standing on two legs and slowly rising up onto the toes and back to flat feet. Most folks can tolerate a version of this relatively quickly in the rehabilitation process.
If the symptoms you are describing have persisted longer than two weeks, or for additional specific guidance, we recommend being evaluated by a physical therapist. A PT can determine the source of your symptoms and prescribe an appropriate exercise program.
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