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Dear Katie: How Can I Cure My Achilles Tendinitis?

In our "Dear Katie" series, former NYCB soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email dearkatie@dancespirit.com for a chance to be featured!

Dear Katie,

I've been battling Achilles tendinitis for months—it never seems to get better. How can I deal with it? Could there be an issue with my technique that's causing the problem?

Fiona


Dear Fiona,

I've also had bad cases of tendinitis in my time, so I completely understand what you're going through. I found it helpful to ice every day. And instead of sticking an ice bag on your foot, I would suggest an ice massage: Get an ice cube and massage directly onto the area of pain. This was far more effective for treating my tendinitis. I would also try to see a physical therapist so they can do electric stimulation (e-stim) therapy. This is the only thing that truly worked for me. In terms of technique, make sure you're jumping in a safe way—try not to grip your landings, and put those heels down. Watch your pliés, as well. Relax the ankle as you bend your knees.


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