Conservative treatment can include resting and taking anti-inflammatory medications, using heel pads or shoe inserts designed to relieve stress on the tendon and exercises to strengthen the weak muscle group. Surgery is an option of last resort. However, if friction between the tendon and its covering sheath makes the sheath thick and fibrous, surgery to remove the fibrous tissue and repair any tears may be the best treatment option.
UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.
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