Achilles Tendonitis - Editor's Choice

Over the years, Earth Clinic readers have sent us many reports about their treatments for Achilles Tendonitis. The editors at Earth Clinic consider the below posts to be some of the most helpful and informative and have named them 'Editor's Choice'. We hope that you will find this useful.

Castor Oil

Posted by Pinetreelady (Dunedin, FL) on 03/25/2021

Just want to put my 2 cents about the amazing healing benefits of castor oil.

Several years ago, I had a bad UTI which I couldn't get rid of so went to doc and was put on Cipro, which attacked my Achilles' tendons on both ankles.

The pain was excruciating. Docs gave me a muscle relaxant, which did nothing. As a last resort, I had my hubby rub castor oil on my ankles several times a day. Took pain away within one day...haven't had a problem since...

I might add that I since found out there was a class-action suit against the makers of Cipro as it was causing tendon ruptures in many people. Guess I was lucky and the Castor oil healed it on me. I use it for many things, including the packs, and take it orally occasionally, but only organic cold-pressed and hexane-free.

Castor Oil
Posted by Donna (Az) on 09/07/2020

Just wanted to share an experience I had with castor oil. I was given Cipro for a UTI and had a severe attacked both Achilles tendons. ER did nothing to help and pain was excruciating. I had my hubby rub castor oil on my ankles several times a day and after a few days, I was better. Cipro (I found out later) can cause tears in Achilles and other tendons in body. DO NOT TAKE IT!

Turmeric, DMSO

Posted by David (Louisiana) on 09/10/2014

I'm a 45 year old male who used to be athletic. Over the last 5 years I lived a sedentary life and gained weight. I am trying to get back into shape by playing basketball and tennis. Unfortunately my Achilles tendons felt as if they were going to tear after a short period of exercise. I tried stretching, rest, ice, compression, elevation, etc. No help.

Then I purchased turmeric capsules and a small bottle of DMSO. I took the turmeric, 500 mg, two times a day and rubbed the DMSO on my afflicted area. IMMEDIATELY I saw improvement. I now play regularly with no pain whatsoever. Occasionally I'll have pain elsewhere and I'll rub the DMSO on it. I continue to take the turmeric daily.