2 Years of Achille Tendonitis pain for DAN

by 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.


Joshua Comments:

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.

Please reply using the comment link below. Do not submit a new submission to answer/reply, it's too hard for me to find where it's supposed to go.

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Jul 10, 2017
No history of pain or injury, ruptured achilles at age 33
by: Mike

6-22-17 I am a police officer and member of our county's tactical response team (SWAT).

Our team was 3 hours into our training day. I had been running, crouching, lunging for several hours prior to my injury with no pain or problems.

I have no prior history of pain or injury to my Achilles. We were conducting force on force training, with little to no gear weighing us down.

My injury occurred when I abruptly turned and began to sprint. I don't recall if it was the second or third step when I heard and felt a loud pop.

As I was falling to the ground several thoughts went through my head. 1st I thought I tripped myself as it felt as though something hit me in the back of the leg.

As I continued to fall I realized I had never felt or heard a pop such as that and knew I was injured. I hit the ground and tried to get back up but my leg gave out and I fell back down.

At this point i felt an intense numbing from my calf to my ankle (no pain yet). I still hadn't looked at my leg for fear that the pop I heard was a compound fracture and my leg was disfigured.

However I eventually looked at my leg and to my relief everything was straight and normal. Lucky for me our medic was nearby and was able to render aid.

After only a few questions he concluded I ruptured my Achilles. Guys on the team took turns feeling the gap behind my ankle where my tendon was previously in tact. The numbing feeling I mentioned earlier gave way to pain below my calf.

Our medic works for an ambulance service which transported me to the emergency room. While en route the pain in my leg began to intensify. Medics gave me fentanoyl which provided relief. At the hospital I was given two options for treatment, surgical or casting. I opted for surgery as it was the doctors recommendation.

At the age of 33 I have no medical history, never broke a bone or had a surgery. The idea of being put under was frightening to me. Within 4 hours of my injury I was prepped and ready. Prior to "going to sleep" I was give a nerve block with a rather large needle above my knee. It was uncomfortable, to put it lightly.

The "going to sleep" part was actually quite enjoyable. I recall lying on my stomach in the OR and the anistegiolgist telling me he was about to give me something to relax.

I quickly remember becoming tired and drifting off to sleep. I woke about 45 mins later with a large wrap on my leg. I felt rested, in no pain. The nerve block last for about 24 hours. I was taken to a recovery room where I had to demonstrate I could walk with crutches and was discharged a short time later.

6 hrs after my injury I was in my way home. I am currently 1 week into my recovery. The pain after the nerve block wore off was intense, for several hours. Now pain is minimal, controlled with Tylenol and ibprophen.

I'm bored as hell sitting at home. No weight on the foot for two weeks until my next appointment. So far so good but it may be a long few months.

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