Icing – Regular short applications of ice to the injured area should reduce swelling. Often, a bag of frozen vegetables wrapped in a cloth and applied to the site for around 10 minutes is recommended. There is a danger of damaging the body’s tissues if ice is applied for too long. Therefore, keep applications short in time. A cloth will prevent the cold item sticking to the skin.
Calf / achilles stretches – Growth spurts and healing can tighten up the calf muscles and achilles tendon. It is helpful to regularly stretch the area.
Anti-inflammatories – Inflammation can be reduced during the acute phase by taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Usually taking daily for 1 week is sufficient – always read the drug label and be aware that taking for more than a week is usually not recommended as they can irritate the stomach.
Shockwave therapy – Mechanical (not electrical) shock waves are transmitted through the skin to the injured part. These increase blood flow to the area and accelerate the healing process.
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