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    Physical Therapist in Western Ma?

    So... both of my achilles tendons are giving me grief. I've got a doctors appointment on Friday and was just wondering if any of you have had any luck with local PTs.

    Thanks.

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    I am not a doc, but I am experienced

    I am not a doc, but I am experienced with achiles tendonitis on and off for more years than I will admit to here.
    On the bike:
    check cleat position. toward toes will increase stress and towards the heel will reduce the stress. Certainly, your calf leverage will be less effective.
    Off the bike:
    wear heel lifts like Dr scholls foam pads to shorten your achilles. Wear them in everything including dress shoes.
    Everywhere:
    Ice and don't stretch when they hurt. Gentle stretching when they don't hurt.

    I have also found that as a frequent exerciser, you can go efectively for a while before you aggrevate them. cut your outings short for a while so you can heal.

    I have experienced this tendonitis mostly from basketball. Once aggrevated, the trouble manifested itself into bikeing and even swimming.
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    Thanks for the suggestions. Interestingly, so far I've had no ill effects while biking (and I bike pretty 'vigorously'). Just figuring that the pain is just going to increase (off the bike) and so I had better not do anything for a bit other than seek medical attention. Totally depressing.

    What did you do by way of therapy?

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    Had ok luck with the folks at Cooley Dickinson, not so good with those in the old school. Your experiences might vary.
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