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Tendinitis from Barefoot Running

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I have Achilles tendinitis in both legs from running barefoot almost two weeks ago. I still have some pain. How long does it takes to heal? -Sebastian

Sebastian,

The healing time can vary depending on the degree of tendinitis. I've seen it range from about 1-3 months. The keys for recovery are patience and stretching. Taking NSAIDS-non steroidal anti-inflammatory meds will help with the pain as long as they are tolerated. Running barefoot is becoming a new trend but it is not necessarily the best thing to do for your joints. I would recommend that you get a cushioned, supportive running shoe to help.

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Dr. James Nace, MD

James Nace, MD is an orthopedic surgeon-joint replacement and doctor of general orthopedics specializing in hip, knee and shoulder joint preservation and reconstruction. He practices out of the Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopedics at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, Maryland. Throughout his career as a physical therapist and orthopedic surgeon, Nace has gained the most satisfaction from treating runners and all types of athletes for their injuries and helping get them back to training and competing.

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