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RE: how long does achilles tendonitis take to heal.
Graston technique helped me a lot. I was able to keep running a fair amount while I was getting treated. Took about 8 weeks to get back to normal. But I was able to catch it very, very early. i also was able to hammer it pretty hard on the elliptical machine. I think my achilles benefitted from the increased blood flow and wasn't so bad that the light rocking motion did any harm.
Everyone is different and there are lots of different ways to screw up your achilles and different degrees of injury. Best rule is to not be a hero and to err on the side of resting it if it gets sore or painful either during or after a run or is very tight in the am. You do need to run on a bad achilles to get better, but the trick is to do just enough.
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