2 Years of Achille Tendonitis pain for DAN
I injured my right Achilles in 2008 at work while chasing a criminal (I'm a police officer).
I first went to a podiatrist who stated I had plantar fascia (sic) and Achilles strain. He had me do some stretching and assigned me to PT for 2 months. I also wore heel lifts. The only thing that seemed to help were the lifts however I could not wear sandal, flat shoes or walk barefoot in comfort.
The pain was at times like a constant ice pick through my ankle. This lasted for 2 years. I then went to an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports injuries and he recommended some more PT (3 months) before any other treatment.
This just seemed to aggravate the injury. He then said I would need surgery. X-rays and MRI's were done and he concluded I had Achilles tendonitis and that there were now bone spurs on the heel and that the initial time of injury had bleeding which caused calcification etc.. etc.. I was a mess.
It's been two weeks since the surgery and I can say the constant throb of pain is missing somewhat. The future holds the answers with my rehab. I will be having the stitches out in two days.
We'll update the prognosis then.
Ouch Dan, sorry to hear about all of that.
Please do update your progress.
I'll keep this short unless you have more questions.
1. Heel lifts. Don't even get me started on what a bad idea those are. Doctors and PT's etc should know better.
2. You MUST focus on lengthening your Soleus and Gastrocs and all the connective tissue interweaving it all. It's great to take of the bone spurs etc but if you don't change the ecology of the area, you run the risk of bad/poor/not healing.
The surgery dealt with the symptom, not the cause.
Your Tendonitis was a progressive, ongoing dynamic that was in place long before you felt pain.
3. I could say a lot of things, but you may want to drop $20 on my Reversing Achilles Tendonitis ebook. You can use what's in there for post surgery benefit to get faster and better healing. Contact me after for specific questions/support.
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Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
The Tendonitis Expert