Last Modified on Feb 26, 2014
Achilles Tendonitis treatment includes massage and icing, but remedies like Vitamin E oil and Castor Oil can help the pain associated with Achilles Tendon pain. Most common in runners, Achilles tendonitis is a condition that affects the band of tissue connecting the calf and the heel. When overworked, this tendon becomes strained and can cause significant discomfort. Most cases of Achilles tendonitis can be effectively treated using self-care strategies and at-home remedies.
What is Achilles Tendonitis?
An overuse injury, Achilles tendonitis is characterized by tenderness and pain in the Achilles tendon. The pain associated with the condition often begins as a mild ache in the back of the leg that may progress to episodes of severe pain during excessive physical exertion. Tenderness and stiffness are also common, particularly in the morning.
Self-Care Remedies for Injuries to the Achilles Tendon
While Achilles tendonitis often causes subtle to intense pain, most cases can be treated at home. Methods of treatment range from self-massage to topical applications and supplements. Castor oil, vitamin E oil and turmeric are natural treatment options that relieve pain and reduce inflammation.
A plant-based oil, castor oil is used for treating a number of ailments. The oil is a triglyceride comprised of nearly 90 percent ricinoleic acid, an anti-inflammatory agent. As such, when applied to the site of pain, castor oil relieves pain and minimizes inflammation of the tendon.
Vitamin E Oil
Vitamin E oil is considered a fat-soluble antioxidant. As such, this nutritional substance removes any free radicals from the body that may be contributing to pain. The oil also supports circulatory function, which helps to relieve soreness and inflammation.
Turmeric is a common spice used for a variety of health purposes. The spice contains a chemical compound known as curcumin that serves as an anti-inflammatory. Turmeric can be taken as a supplement by mouth or mixed into a poultice and applied to the injury site to relieve pain, restore circulation and reduce swelling.
An injury typically caused by overuse, Achilles tendonitis typically responds well to self-care techniques and strategies. Resting the affected leg as well as massaging the area help stimulate blood flow to the area. Likewise, nutritional applications including castor oil, vitamin E oil, turmeric and others reduce inflammation and pain.
[YEA] 05/31/2012: Diane from Uniontown, Pa: "A few months ago, my husband had a tear in his achilles tendon. The podiatrist gave him some sort of splint to wear, even before the mri results came back, but it didn't really seem to help. One evening, I rubbed some castor oil on the bottom of his foot and up the back of his leg. The pain subsided about 75%, and he healed very quickly from that point on."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 07/08/2011: Teresa from Bentonville, Ar. : "For 6 weeks I was limping around, trying not to use my ancles much, hard to do the recommended 'rest' when they we're both swollen, and would not bend. I came across a youtube video that was for after surgery self massage. Tried it, and by the next day I was 90% better. I could not find the first youtube I used, but this one shows the areas and how to rub them. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yty47jNGJvQ&feature=related"
Vitamin E Oil, Stretching
[YEA] 03/15/2010: Carla from La Paz, Bolivia: "I suffered with Achilles tendonitis for 2 years and the doctors and physical therapists wee making it worse. Then I meet a new PT who fixed the problem in one month with soft stretching exercises, walking different (I used to walk toe to heel) and Vitamin E Oil.
Try rubbing Vitamin E Oil in that area until it warms up once or twice a day, especially prior to exercise. The amount is whatever is enough to cover the area and soak through. Make sure to keep it warm after, fast cool downs of the tendon seem to cause problems."