You will be in an altered state for many moons...

If your Achilles tendon is ruptured, torn, or even simply inflamed with tendonitis, your life is about to change. Mine sure has - so I decided to chronicle these events, and create a place for others to share their experiences, advice, resources and emotions during our journey toward recovery.

Nothing in this blog is meant to take the place of the medical advice of your physician. Follow the instructions of your medical professionals, not me.

Monday, October 18, 2010

10. R-I-C-E treatment - an absolute must

And I don't mean steamed or fried.

RICE stands for four steps of very effective treatment for achilles tendon injuries, either before or after surgery:

1. Rest - self explanatory.  Get off that foot!

2.  Ice - apply an ice pack - 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off.  Be sure to put a towel between the ice pack and your leg.

3.  Compression - with either an Ace bandage, splint, Air Cast or combination of these (ask your doctor).

4.  Elevation - above your shoulder level in the bed.  This not only reduces swelling significantly, it's a great pain reliever.

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