After yesterday's long slow run(20 miles) my Achilles tightened up. It got worse after I took a hot shower. I could feel the tendon and muscles around the area creaking. This typically isn't a good sign, but is something I have dealt with before.
After trying some very light stretching(I didn't want to mess anything up) I put on my compression stockings over my calves and went to bed. 9 hours of sleep later(I was pretty tired) the inflamed area felt normal.
This was the best outcome to the situation. I really like my compression stockings, but I do not like to run with them. I find that I tighten up faster while running if I wear them.
I really only like to use them on a as-needed basis since they are not the most comfortable. They do, however, feel good on the legs when they are fatigued.
I personally use Zensah Calf Compression, but I believe you can get the same relief with any compression or ace bandage.
What If Everyone Talked About Hobbies Like Runners Talk About Running? - There's an ultra/trail version of this video dying to be made, for sure!