How to Relieve Back Pain

How to Relieve Back Pain

How to Relieve Back Pain

and find out what's causing it

A “backache” or back pain is one of the most common complaints of sensitivity, which most of us suffer from at some point in our lives. Pain can exist in any part of the back: the upper back, which includes the neck and shoulder area; the middle back; the lower back; or the tail bone. It can be sudden (acute) or long-lasting (chronic); intermittent or constant; limited to one area or can radiate to other parts. It may be accompanied with tingling or numbness of the extremities.

While patients of every age suffer (and wonder how they can relieve) back pain, it primarily affects adults over the age of 30.

Some of the most general causes of back pain are:

  • Strained muscles or ligaments
  • Incorrect posture while standing or walking
  • Strenuous physical exertion
  • Stress related pain
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Injury
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Structural Problems Of The Back

and how they cause pain

Disc Pain: A ruptured, bulging, or slipping disc can lead to severe backaches and can pinch the spinal nerves, causing radiating pain to other parts of the body. Find our if your back pain is caused by a disc by reading this helpful blog!

Arthritis: Located in the bones of the spine, the back, or the hip, arthritis can lead to severe backaches.

Scoliosis: If the spine begins to curve in an abnormal way it can cause backaches.

Osteoporosis: This can make bones weak bones lead to easy fractures.

Certain diseases can also cause long-term, severe back pain. Here are just a few dieases that can result in back pain:​

 

Tuberculosis: In the spine, this disease can cause back pain, especially in immune-suppressed patients.

Cancer: Tumors of the back can cause pain if the tumor compresses onto a nerve.

Shingles/ Herpes: If located along the nerves of the back, these ailments can cause severe burning backaches.

How to Relieve Back Pain

naturally + effectively

In majority of cases, back pain relief and healing can be obtained with rest, hot compresses and occasional use of painkillers and/or muscle relaxants. In certain cases, the physician may advise use of NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) to reduce pain and inflammation.

Physiotherapy also includes application of hot/cold therapies, ultrasound, electrical stimulation and muscle relaxation and strengthening techniques.

Surgery is a choice of treatment only in cases where there are structural changes causing nerve pinching such as disc herniation, slipped disc, or fractured vertebrae.

Regular exercise helps relieve back pain by strengthening the back muscles and ligaments in addition to keeping body weight under control. Exercise also helps improve flexibility. Correct body posture while standing, sitting, and walking helps prevent back pain recurrence. When lifting things, patients should carefully bend at the knees instead of bending at the back to reduce the pressure on the back muscles. At times, incorrect mattresses can also cause backaches; a firm mattress that keeps the spine straight can also help relieve back pain.

To reduce back pain naturally, reach for Well Theory’s Bone & Joint Health Multivitamin! This multi was carefully curated by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Meredith Warner, based on her most common vitamin recommendations for her patients. It contains pure Full Spectrum CBD to naturally engage your body’s inflammatory response to holistically reduce pain + inflammation over time.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

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Why Yoga is Beneficial at Any Age and Ability

Why Yoga is Beneficial at Any Age and Ability

Why You Should Start A Yoga Practice

no matter your age or ability

At my clinic, we feel very strongly about the power of yoga and its ability to increase our patients’ quality of life. Yoga is a form of exercise developed some 5000 years ago in India and is a way to connect to nature and to God, much like prayer. Yoga is also a proven way to improve strength, conditioning and flexibility as well as endurance.

In addition, yoga is also very good at producing peace of mind, tranquility, and reducing stress and chronic pain. Yoga provides you a way to retrain your body’s pain pathways and to reduce the amount of pain you may feel.

Yoga involves some poses that improve balance, which is especially important as we age.

As we age, balance is one thing that begins to leave us. Without balance, you are prone to tripping and falling and therefore to breaking bones or spraining ligaments. Yoga has been proven to improve balance, thus reducing fall risk. Balance poses can be very easy and short. Hatha Yoga is an entry-level type of yoga that anyone can do (with proper guidance.)

Any yoga that you undertake should be properly selected by you and your physician and done with certified supervision, of course. There is no need to be scared of yoga. For example, if you are very stiff or have an injury, yoga may begin in a chair for you. If you are not as strong as you would like to be and do not have much balance, this chair-yoga is perfectly acceptable.

Read this blog to recognize the symptoms of muscle fatigue and learn how to avoid it. While yoga is a gentle therapeutic exercise, it’s important to make sure you aren’t overdoing it. 

One key component of yoga is visualization or biofeedback.

but where do you start?

You may have heard that this is a technique used by Drew Brees and other professional athletes to improve performance. We hope that you visualize yourself free from limitations and pain as you perform yoga. This practice is very important if you truly wish to stop suffering from chronic pain.

Deep breathing during the poses of yoga is also necessary. Oxygen is mandatory for your brain and heart to function perfectly. Deep breathing can enhance your ability to focus, meditate, and develop peacefulness during the yoga session. This mental improvement will carry with you into your everyday life.

Prior to performing a pose in your yoga session, you should visualize (or imagine) yourself doing it to its fullest and with success.

“Chair Yoga” is just one example of how you can begin to perform yoga no matter what your condition is. There are even poses to do if you are lying in bed! Yoga has been proven to improve strength and reduce pain. In addition, yoga has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety.

Yoga is a relatively inexpensive way to help yourself live your life to its fullest. The military has even started a yoga program to help soldiers lose weight. We believe that yoga reduces pain in a variety of painful conditions and we also believe that it can improve your everyday life – especially when paired with other daily habits that improve your overall health.

To reduce pain after a challenging yoga session, reach for our convenient Well Theory Pain Relieving Spray. Perfectly sized for when you’re on the go, simply spray wherever and whenever pain strikes.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

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How Vitamin C May Reverse Heart Disease

How Vitamin C May Reverse Heart Disease

Orthopedics And Wellness: How Vitamin C Is Thought To Reverse Heart Disease

I must first give credit to Dr. Linus Pauling, the first major supporter of vitamin C as an everyday health enhancer. Dr. Pauling received the Nobel Prize in Science twice. This discussion is about the power of vitamin C in treating plaquing of the arteries, or clogged arteries.

Clogged arteries are thought to lead to heart attacks and heart disease. “Atherosclerosis” is the technical name for the plaquing or clogging of arteries. Arteries are the blood vessels that provide oxygen and nutrition to all of your cells, including the cells of your heart. When your heart does not get enough oxygen and nutrition, or fuel, the muscles get very tired or sometimes die. This is a heart attack, or heart disease.

Plaque deposits line the walls of damaged arteries. A normal, healthy artery is too strong and the walls are too smooth for a deposit to form. Your body is remarkable and forms these deposits as a way to treat a broken or damaged wall in an artery. Unless the crack is fixed, or plugged with a plaque deposit, blood can break through the arterial wall completely and this would be total disaster. So, the body repairs the arterial walls with a sort of mortar, or plaque.

Think of atherosclerosis as a ‘patch’ in the wall. Vitamin C is a vital building block for a better way to repair the cracks in the wall.

A lot of material in the body is made of collagen, or fiber. Bones, ligaments, tendons and arterial walls all have collagen. Collagen requires a method of manufacturing called ‘cross-linking’. This is the connection between the fiber cells and strands that makes the material strong. Vitamin C is a critical part of cross-linking in collagen. Therefore, to have good tissue, including arterial walls, you have to have adequate amounts of vitamin C. With the ability to form proper cross-links, the artery walls can self-repair back to a normal configuration without the sloppy deposit type of repair.

Your diet affects your health at every level – from the inside out. Find out how your diet directly affects your skin health by reading this helpful blog!

What Causes Heart Disease

and how Vitamin C can help

Without vitamin C, plaques and deposits are the only way the body has to repair damaged arterial walls. More and more plaques are formed as more and more tears and cracks appear due to the altered flow of blood. This is a cycle of unhealthy events that eventually can lead to a heart attack. Once a thick enough plaque forms, the body will then block that artery with a blood clot, knowing it is too damaged to use for blood flow. The body’s system is trying to help, but the cure will eventually hurt you!

In 1954 it was shown that 500mg of vitamin C three times a day made great improvements in the arterial blockages of patients with heart trouble.

Vitamin C is also seen as an anti-oxidant. Some people feel that the pharmaceutical industry does not wish for vitamin C to be known as a good treatment for heart disease. 

However, as a vital part of collagen and a good anti-oxidant, Vitamin C should be part of any heart-healthy regimen.

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How To Get Enough Vitamin C

and why you should consider a multivitamin

The usual recommendation is to get all of your vitamins and minerals from your diet. If you are unable to eat enough fruits and vegetables to get the vitamin C, the following regimen is recommended. Vitamin C: 6 grams, per day, is needed for heart disease (as per Dr. Pauling). If you take vitamin C with minerals like magnesium and calcium, less may be taken. One of the side effects of too much Vitamin C is diarrhea. Taking Vitamin C in divided doses can help with that. 

Minerals to think about taking with Vitamin C include zinc and magnesium, as they aid in Vitamin C absorption. This is why I designed my multivitamin with both zinc and magnesium alongside Vitamin C – as they work better together.

Choose Well Theory’s surgeon-designed multivitamin to improve your nutrient intake, reduce musculoskeletal inflammation, and restore balance!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

Surgeon Formulated
For Your Peace of Mind

Natural Ingredients + Cutting-Edge Medical Breakthroughs.

100% NATURAL PAIN RELIEF FOR PEOPLE WORLDWIDE
  • FDA-REGISTERED
  • PARABEN-FREE
  • 3RD PARTY TESTED
  • 100% NATURAL

Does Your Shoulder Pain Need A Doctor?

Does Your Shoulder Pain Need A Doctor?

When To See A Doctor For Your Shoulder Pain

and the signs you should look for

Often, shoulder pain can be effectively treated at home with gentle exercises, cold and hot compresses, over-the-counter pain relievers, and rest. Sometimes, however, your pain may require medical intervention. Here are a few things you should look for when assessing your shoulder pain, so you can get to a doctor in enough time to prevent making your condition worse.

  • If you feel numbness or tingling shooting down your arm, that’s a sign of a serious condition that may need medical attention. You could have a damaged nerve, concerning inflammation, a small fracture, or another serious condition.  These types of symptoms should be professionally evaluated. 
  • Inability to move your arm or the shoulder joint normally, or inability to lift it above your head can indicate inflammation in the supportive muscles and tendons in the shoulder joint region, or even a possible dislocation.  These symptoms should be professionally evaluated, especially if they occur after a traumatic event. 
  • Pain that lasts longer than a few days, or increases over time and doesn’t get better, is always something you should bring to your doctor. Especially if the joint is hot to the touch, swollen, or you see bruising or discoloration around the affected area.
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  • Signs of infection can include fever, fatigue, a red or inflamed shoulder, and if the shoulder is warm to the touch. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms and the shoulder is swollen and remains swollen, especially after cold compresses, you should go to a doctor as soon as possible.

What Might Be Causing Your Shoulder Pain

Injuries are often causes of shoulder pain – if you fall on your shoulder, or catch yourself and twist it, or experience some other heavy blow to the joint, pain and inflammation is common afterwards.  Many people notice shoulder and shoulder girdle pain after car accidents; these types of injuries should be professionally evaluated.

Arthritis is another common cause of shoulder pain. It’s characterized by a “grinding” or “catching” sensation in the shoulder joint. Arthritis is a condition that degrades the cartilage between the joints, causing the bones to rub together and become irritated. There is no cure for arthritis, but there are some things you can do to relieve the pain and inflammation.

Tendon inflammation or tears can be caused by injury or overuse. Tendon tears are often accompanied by a sudden weakness in the shoulder or arm, and you may find that you cannot use the arm. It will take a doctor’s expert opinion to correctly diagnose the tear and develop a treatment plan. Often, this will also require advanced imaging like MRI studies.

Natural Options For Relief

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Dr. Meredith Warner, the founder of Well Theory, is an orthopedic surgeon – who advises her patients to seek alternate and less invasive methods of treatment before resorting to surgery. Her methodology informed Well Theory’s resources, products, and advice for living a healthy and natural lifestyle.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

Surgeon Formulated
For Your Peace of Mind

Natural Ingredients + Cutting-Edge Medical Breakthroughs.

100% NATURAL PAIN RELIEF FOR PEOPLE WORLDWIDE
  • FDA-REGISTERED
  • PARABEN-FREE
  • 3RD PARTY TESTED
  • 100% NATURAL

Common Causes of Foot and Ankle Pain

Common Causes Of Foot And Ankle Pain

Common Causes Of Foot & Ankle Pain

and symptoms you should look for

We take our feet for granted most of the time. They get us out of bed in the morning, take us on a jog around the neighborhood, and keep us moving all day long. We squeeze them into high heels, pound them on miles of pavement, and ignore their minor aches. Only when foot and ankle pain suddenly stops us in our tracks, literally, do we put our feet up and take notice.

Have you ever seen a reflexology chart of the foot? Reflexologists believe that each part of the foot is connected to another part of the human body. Problems in the body may be felt in the foot and treatment of the foot may help pain in the body according to this theory.

We know that the entire human body is interconnected, and that is certainly true with our feet as well. The feet act as the foundation for all motion and function. Pain in one area may be caused by something going on in a completely separate part of the body.

In her clinical practice, orthopedic surgeon and founder of Well Theory, Dr. Meredith Warner, investigates foot and ankle pain with a full body exam to understand where the foot pain is coming from, and how it is affecting the whole body. Often, someone that presents with ankle pain will be found to have a dysfunctional hip that is causing them to walk and run poorly; this causes the ankle pain. If the leg and hip are ignored, this will not be discovered and the foot will remain painful.

Based on the location of pain, a diagnosis is usually straightforward, and may be corroborated using a simple x-ray or blood test. Dr. Warner treats all of the following common foot and ankle conditions on a daily basis:

Toe Pain

and the conditions that cause it

Corns– Caused by continuous pressure on the sole of the foot, corns are a painful thickening of the skin that often reoccurs. These are similar in nature to the calluses found on the fingertips of a guitarist. Conventional treatment includes corn caps and cryosurgery, wearing shoes with insoles and a good fit. However, it is important that your doctor recognize and treat the source of the pressure as well, or the callus will simply return.

Gout– Gout is a form of arthritis that deposits uric acid crystals in joint tissues. These crystals are small, sharp spikes of minerals that attack the joint surface. Gout symptoms occur rapidly and frequently start with severe pain in the dead of the night. Often a gout attack will happen after a heavy meal, particularly one with red meat. Treatment includes non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, colchicine, aspirin, and allopurinol therapy to keep the uric acid levels under check and prevent recurrence. Occasionally, injections or surgery is necessary. Topical pain creams are quite effective for this problem. A natural remedy with good effectiveness are tart cherries.

Hammer toes– Chronic use of small, ill-fitted or high-heeled shoes can make toes hurt. The shoes may cause the toes to take on a peculiar bent shape that looks like small hammers. Usually, hammer toes are caused by genetics and shoes simply make them symptomatic. Treatment options include avoiding shoes that make the hammer toes hurt; a cobbler may stretch the upper of the shoe and give more room for the toes; stretching and strengthening exercises for the toes; painkillers, both oral and topical; insoles; and in extreme cases orthopedic surgery might be required. 

Bunions– Abnormal bony prominences at the joint of the great toe are called bunions. This condition may be very painful and should to be remedied before it become a permanent deformity. Bunions are a genetic condition and are typically progressive; that is, they will increase or become worse over time. This worsening occurs regardless of shoe wear. Causes and treatment are the same as for hammer toe. Treatment starts conservatively, but often surgery is required. 

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Arthritis– The most common reason for joint pain anywhere in the body, arthritis is joint inflammation that often occurs in adults older than 50. Foot pain may often be caused by arthritis; treatment is similar as for arthritis in the knee or hip. Painkillers, exercises, weight reduction, calcium, vitamin D can help to manage chronic arthritis. Physical therapy is a very effective treatment for arthritis. 

Trauma– Any trauma to a joint in the foot can cause a fracture or a ligament tear or sprain. A fracture is a broken bone and treatment changes based on which bone is broken, how it is broken and also on patient characteristics. Fractures, or broken bones, should be evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon. Sprains or ligament tears may occur with trauma as well; sometimes soft tissue heals faster than broken bones. Treatment varies but may occasionally require no weight bearing on the affected joint for at least two weeks and some type of compression wrap along with ice, elevation and physical therapy.

Heel Pain

and the conditions that cause it

Plantar fasciitis– Plantar fasciitis is the degeneration of the ligaments and tendons below the heel can cause early morning foot pain. Usually this pain is due to damage to the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is one of the most important stabilizers of the arch in the foot, and is also important in the function of the foot and in allowing for motion. This condition is extremely painful and can last up to 2 years. Treatment includes anti-inflammatory drugs, insoles, topical ointments, stretching exercises, rest and ice packs. Treatment may also include surgery, injections, physical therapy and/or acupuncture.

Calcaneal spur– A bony ridge protruding from the heel bone (i.e. calcaneus) can cause a lot of heel trouble. It arises from the calcaneus (heel bone) near the plantar fascia and can be confirmed by a x-ray. Treatment options include pain-killers, topical ointments and orthopedic surgery. Treatment for heel spurs is often the same as treatment for plantar fasciitis. Surgery should be a last resort for this problem.

Fallen Arch– A fallen arch causes compression of the structures that are meant to be preserved by the arch, such as the nerves, blood vessels, ligaments, tendons and muscles. Wedges and insoles are the main line of treatment, however surgery is often needed for permanent resolution.

Damage to tendons- …such as the posterior tibial tendon, may cause arch pain as well. If there is damage to this tendon, the arch becomes unstable. The posterior tibial tendon holds the highest point of the arch (apex) and stabilizes it. This tendon also initiates the push-off portion of the gait cycle. Tears or stretching injury to this tendon cause pain. However, damage to this tendon also cause significant instability and collapse of the arch.

Foot and ankle pain can be caused all of the above conditions, as well as a wide range of others that include nerve damage due to chronic diabetes, vitamin B-12 deficiency, or folic acid deficiency. An accurate diagnosis and treatment plan requires the attention of an orthopedic specialist.

If your foot pain is caused by a nutritional deficiency, including a multivitamin in your daily wellness routine is a great way to naturally combat stubborn pain. Click here to read more about how to choose the right multivitamin for your condition!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

Surgeon Formulated
For Your Peace of Mind

Natural Ingredients + Cutting-Edge Medical Breakthroughs.

100% NATURAL PAIN RELIEF FOR PEOPLE WORLDWIDE
  • FDA-REGISTERED
  • PARABEN-FREE
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Treat Achilles Tendinitis Naturally

Treat Achilles Tendinitis Naturally

How To Tell If You Have Achilles Tendinitis

and how to treat it

Achilles tendinitis is a condition that causes pain along the back of the leg, concentrated near the heel. The Achilles tendon has its point of attachment at the posterior aspect of the heel. 

As the largest tendon in the body, the Achilles tendon connects the posterior calf muscle to the heel bone – which makes it integral to balance and posture. The tendon transmits force/power from the hips and legs to the foot. Due to how often it is used the tendon is prone to tendinitis and/or tendinosis.

Tendinitis is the inflammation of a tendon and a natural response to injury or disease. There are two types of Achilles tendinitis that are defined by which part of the tendon is inflamed. Tendinosis refers to a condition that is more degenerative in nature than inflammatory.

 

Noninsertional Achilles Tendinitis: In this form of tendinitis the fibers in the middle portion of the Achilles tendon have begun to degenerate, thicken and swell. This typically affects young active people, but anyone may have this problem. The area above the bony insertion becomes very thick and painful. Often a lump forms on the tendon and can be very painful.

Insertional Achilles Tendinitis: This form of tendinitis affects the upper portion of the heel where the tendon attaches to the foot. In many cases bone spurs form within the tendon itself with this type of tendinitis. Insertional Achilles Tendinitis can affect most people at any time, even if they aren’t active. It may be genetic or age-related. This condition often occurs in conjunction with a “pump bump,” which is a bone deformity on the upper portion of the back of the heel bone.

What Causes Tendinitis?

Achilles Tendinitis typically occurs from repetitive stress to the tendon. Whenever we overload our body’s ability to heal itself from normal daily trauma or increase the intensity of exercise to soon we’re more likely to develop tendinitis. Other influences can lead to tendinitis as well:

  • Rapid increases to the intensity or frequency of activity
  • Having tight calf muscles and implementing a rigorous workout program
  • Bone spurs, which can rub against the tendon
  • Change in foot wear
  • Medical conditions or autoimmue disorders
  • Immobilization and deconditioning

Symptoms include pain and stiffness along the Achilles tendon in the morning that increases during activity. Many patients report that their Achilles tendon thickens and swells throughout the day. Many people actually feel better as the tendon warms up and they use it. Once the tendon is inactive for an extended period of time, the pain may return.

Your Options For Treatment

and when to consider surgery

Nonsurgical treatment will often help sufferers with pain relief. The pain may continue for 3 to 6 months before treatment methods can be effective. Rest can be the first step in reducing pain. 

Low-impact activities can make the pain less intense and allow athletes to maintain their exercise programs. Sometimes all that is required to relieve pain and stress to the tendon is a 1-2 centimeter heel lift in the shoe, which takes enough force off the tendon insertion to reduce pain. Open back shoes or structural flip-flops help.

A physician or trainer should guide you as you begin to increase movement of the Achilles through walking or other gentle exercises.

Placing ice on the most painful area of the tendon for 20 minutes at a time can be helpful in easing pain. Ibuprofen, Naproxen and other drugs can also reduce pain and swelling. There are also a number of exercises and stretches that can ease pain. 

The most common treatment for this condition, and often one of the most effective methods of treatment, is physical therapy. There are very specialized treatment protocols for this common condition that work very well. This treatment will vary from dry needling and massage to eccentric loading routines (otherwise known as Alfredson’s protocol).

Patients should only consider surgery if pain persists after an adequate course of nonsurgical treatment methods. The type of surgery a doctor will recommend depends on where the tendinitis is concentrated and how bad the damage is. Also, the post-operative recovery and therapy protocol varies among surgeons – so it is important to seek out second opinions if it does come to that point.

If you have heel pain and aren’t sure if it’s necessarily Achilles Tendinitis, click here to read our blog on how to naturally treat other forms of heel pain!

For natural relief without harsh side effects, reach for our line of holistic products. Designed by an orthopedic surgeon, Well Theory uses the best remedies from herbal medicine and traditional therapeutic methods to provide steady pain relief and reduced inflammation throughout the body.

For more information about Achilles Tendinitis visit the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation