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Your doctor’s first concern is to reduce your symptoms. Using ice and heat, taking medications, and limiting activity help control pain and swelling. Follow all of your doctor’s instructions. Returning to activity too soon may cause your symptoms to come back.
Ice helps prevent swelling and reduce pain. Place ice on the painful area for 10 minutes. Repeat the icing several times a day. If you already have swelling, using heat may help. Apply a heating pad or hot towels to the tendon for 30 minutes 2–3 times a day.
Your doctor may tell you to take aspirin or other anti-inflammatory medications. These reduce pain and swelling. Take them as directed. Don’t wait until you feel pain. In more severe cases, cortisone may be injected to relieve pain.
Rest allows the tissues in your foot to heal. Stay off your feet for a few days, then slowly work back into activity. If you do high-impact activities, such as running or aerobics, try other activities that place less strain on your foot. Cycling and swimming are good choices.