Cipro, or ciprofloxacin, is an antibiotic that is included with a class of drugs called fluoroquinolones. According to the article "Cipro" at Drugs.com, taking cipro may cause swelling or a rupture of the Achilles tendon, especially if you are over 60, use oral steroids and have had a heart, lung or kidney transplant. In case of a severe rupture, you will probably need surgery. Otherwise, you can heal your Achilles tendon by resting, immobilisation, ice, heat, medication, massage and exercise.
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Things you need
- Ankle brace
- Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or naproxen (Aleve)
- Ice pack
- Heating pad
Stop taking Cipro immediately. Immobilise your Achilles heel with an ankle brace when you need to be mobile and at night when you sleep.
Take two ibuprofen or naproxen every four to six hours. Repeat dosage of this anti-inflammatory medication every day until your inflammation and pain are gone.
Put ice in an ice pack. Strap the ice pack around your ankle so that the ice is compressed directly against your Achilles tendon pain. Leave the ice in place for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove the ice pack. Repeat ice therapy every three or four hours until initial pain and swelling have subsided.
Use a heating pad for 15 to 20 minutes several times per day after the inflammation and swelling are under control. Continue daily usage of heating pad until your Achilles heel inflammation and pain are gone. Also, massage your tendon for five or 10 minutes at least once per day. Run your thumb and forefinger up and down your entire Achilles tendon, applying pressure. Next, wiggle the tendon gently as you press against your Achilles tendon with your thumb and forefinger. Repeat this movement up to six times up and down your Achilles tendon.
Sit in a chair and wrap a large towel around your toes and ball of your foot. Grab both ends of the towel and pull back on your foot, stretching it as far back as possible. Hold that position for 15 to 30 seconds, then relax. Do this exercise three times. Place your hands against the wall with your injured foot back about 6 inches. Keep your knees slightly bent. Bend both arms, lean into the wall, straighten your rear leg and stretch your calf muscle and Achilles tendon. Stay in this position for 15 to 30 seconds, then relax. Do three repetitions.
Healing Your Achilles tendon
Tips and warnings
- Get ice on your Achilles heel during the first 48 to 72 hours. Ice causes vasoconstriction (narrowing of blood vessels), which reduces swelling and pain by limiting blood flow to the Achilles tendon. Once you get the swelling and inflammation reduced, heat will increase blood flow as the blood carries oxygen and nutrients that are necessary for healing.
- Massage and exercise also help promote blood flow. Massage can also minimise scar tissue and relax the nerves in your tendon. Exercise increases flexibility and strength, which adds stability and takes pressure off your Achilles tendon.
- Never do any Achilles heel exercises until the initial inflammation and swelling have subsided. Do not perform any exercise that increases your pain level. Always see your doctor first before starting any treatments.
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