Achilles Tendinitis with painful scar tissue - 9 months now
I was training for my first 5K last July (at the age of 49). Everything was going great but I think I started pushing myself too hard and didn't stretch well enough.
To make a long story short, I started having pain in my left heel area and then the knot developed. Had terrible stiffness and pain upon rising in the morning, when sitting for too long, and when over doing it during the day (I stopped running immediately when I realized something was wrong).
In October, my family doctor ordered an MRI and PT. No major tear was noted. Physical therapy did nothing to improve my situation. Finally in January, I went to an orthopedist. He was horrible. Put me in an Aircast which did help as long as I was wearing it but after several months there was no real improvement.
Went back and he wanted me to try a very expensive boot, the blood injections, and more PT. I said no more. Now, I feel like it has worsened, back to wearing the Aircast to work (teacher, on my feet all day). The knot never goes away.
Have had Active Release Treatment for knots in calves. All evidence points to major scar tissue problems. I have an appointment with a podiatrist tomorrow. We will see what he says.
I am at the point that I feel I cannot take any more of this day in day out pain. I want it fixed but I have read so many horror stories. So, we will see. I am just scared!
Yes, I understand 'I want it fixed'. Unfortunately, surgery is often the holy grail of fixing. Sounds good in theory...
1. Why is there a knot?
2. Why won't the knot go away on it's own over time?
3. Why won't it go away after manual therapy?
Until one knows (or at least theorizes about) the cause, treatment isn't going to work. Let me say that another way. Every problem has a solution. The solution to some other problem isn't going to solve -your- problem.
is a very predictable mechanism. Everybody and everybody's different body parts and situation and scenario or different, of course, but all the same factors apply.
See: What Is TendonitisRest
, as I'm sure you noticed, doesn't help. For good reason.Achilles Tendonitis
has it's own specific set of behaviors. Stand, walk, run, jump, wiggle your toes, etc, it's all about the lower leg (and everything else, of course).
When things go awry, it's a downward spiral that left to it's own devices, generally doesn't just get better.
It's all about the Pain Causing Dynamic
There's a few reasons why that knot won't let go:
* Nutritional Insufficiency/Deficiency
* Nervous system won't let it relax
* A variety of triggers (including too tight muscle, too tight connective tissue) keeping the tightness turned on
* Some muscle(s) not doing their job so the knotty area thinks that it has to take up the slack
'Stretching and Strengthening' only helps if it's something that stretching and strengthening can help.
For you right now, stretching tells the brain it's being attacked so the brain tightens things up.
The good news is, just because it's hurt (a lot) for 9 months doesn't -necessarily- mean that there's an injury.
See: There Are Two Types Of Tendonitis
My 4th question to you is:
4. Why do you think it's a scar tissue problem?----------------------
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Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
The Tendonitis Expertwww.TendonitisExpert.com