Once the condition is diagnosed, the doctor will choose the most appropriate treatment based on the severity of the symptoms and the extent of damage to the ligament. Medication may be prescribed to reduce inflammation. However, non-medicinal treatments can also be very helpful in treating the condition.
Orthotic devices, such as arch supports or heel cushions, can help take the strain off the ligament. Physiotherapy in the form of stretching the foot, ankle and Achilles tendon is also an effective form of treatment in many cases.
If the symptoms persist and do not respond to the treatments already mentioned, then steroid injections may be required in some rare cases. Steroid injections are effective in curing more than 98% of patients’ symptoms. However, they can take up to 18 months to take full effect and the symptoms may also re-occur later, requiring a new round of injections to be given. Surgery is only recommended in the most severe cases.