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Best treatment for Achilles tendenitis

Question: Best treatment for Achilles tendenitis

I have had chronic Achilles tendinitis since last November. No idea what caused it. I first went to a podiatrist who took x-rays and an ultrasound. He gave me a steriod injection in the side of my heel, had me fitted for orthotics, had me sleep in a boot and take anti-inflammatories about 4 months, told me not to walk or do anything weight bearing and gave me exercises to do. I also had physical therapy 3 days a week for 5 weeks. I then went to an orthopaedist who told me that I needed to get the blood flowing into the tendon by walking, etc. so that it could start healing itself. He also told me to do strengthening and stretching exercises. This was so different from what the podiatrist said that I went to a second podiatrist. He insisted that I have 2 MRI's and said he was sure I would need to be in a walking boot for at least 5-6 weeks. I had the MRI's the next day, but it took the doctor a month to look at the scans. He found nothing wrong. I went back to the orthopaedist who looked at the scans and said it was plain to see that there was something wrong. He gave me the same advice as before and told me to take Tylenol Arthritis. He said that it could take as long as a year for my tendon to heal. I have a big, hard band across the back of my leg about 2 inches above my ankle and am still having quite a bit of pain. I do my exercises and work out at a gym. I have been trying to do some treadmill, recumbent bike, etc. I do not have pain when I do these, but have lots of pain when I first get up in the morning, going down stairs and after sitting a long time. The exercises always hurt too. Help, please.