Your Achilles will never get better, just stop exercising!
I recently saw a nice young woman who had several months of Achilles tendinitis pain and problems. She had gone to a local university clinic and saw a specialist there. She was told that she shouldn't do intense exercise anymore and there really wasn't much that could be done for her condition. It turns out that with diagnostic ultrasound imaging she has a small osteophyte or bone spur with calcific changes at the insertion of the Achilles tendon on the right side. There are multiple treatment options for this.
The first most important step is accurate diagnosis which we did and provided for her with our in clinic high resolution ultrasound imaging. Then we were able to inform her that although Achilles tendinitis can be quite stubborn, we have very effective treatment protocols. She was treated with prescription orthotics to help eliminate side to side mechanical shear on the Achilles tendon during mid-stance. She was given a posterior night splint. She was given a special brace designed for Achilles tendinitis.
If all these problems help but not enough we still have the options of shockwave therapy and injections of non-cortisone-based treatment such as injectable Traumeel. She was very grateful to know that there are effective treatments available to get her back to normal activity again. She said this was treatment will be life-changing. It's nice to be able to offer these options for patients. It is surprising to me how some patients are just told to live with something or that there really aren't many options. We are always here for consultation and we are almost always an additional treatment options. Please let us know if you have problems or are frustrated with your current treatment or evaluation.