Achilles Tendonitis Surgery 6 Months Ago, now have a falling arch and returning pain

by Andrew

I am 17 years old and have had Achilles tendonitis for 19 months now and have had a surgery which involved cutting the tendon to trigger a full blown body repair.

It has been 6 months since my surgery and am fearing my tendonitis is coming back.

I have a falling arch in my affected foot and do wear orthotics. I have had an mri and x-ray and have no visible damage at all but do have a thicker tendon sheath than normal.

Do you have any recommendations?


Joshua Answers:

Hi Andrew.

1. Let's hope that 'full blown body repair' actually happened like your surgeon(s) hoped it would.

Notice I said 'hoped'. Sounds good in theory. But they don't take into account the factors that CAUSED your Achilles Tendonitis in the first place.

Did you have any Tendonosis with that? They would have seen that when they cut into you.

2. I'd like to change your thinking a little bit. You said that you think your 'Tendonitis is coming back'.

The fact is, your Tendonitis never went away. You had surgery, your pain went away, but the various factors that worked together to cause your pain in the first place are, if anything,
worse then they were before the surgery.

Muscle and connective tissue tightness and constriction, nutritional insufficiency/deficiency, inflammation, etc, are not helped by surgery.

3. I'm curious. The tendon sheath is thicker, or the tendon is thicker? Can you tell from the mri?

What to do?

Learn about Magnesium for Tendonitis

Learn How To Reduce Inflammation

Self massage to open up the tight structures of the lower leg.

That's a start.

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Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
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Apr 25, 2012
6 months after achilles tendon surgery, limp and pain are worse
by: Brian

I had surgery in October 2012 (10/24), and it has been 6 months now (minus 2 weeks). Things have been going OK - went through therapy, boot, crutches etc. Now I am in a regular shoe 100% of the time.

I am 6'2 245 - so it's alot of weight and pain. I noticed lately my limp and pain are worse (or coming back) and tonight I noticed a divet of hard lump/bump in the lower tendon (upper heel) area.

I am pretty nervous - feels a little too sharp or rigid to be part of scarring. Any thoughts?


Joshua Comments:

Hi Brian.

The adjectives 'sharp' and 'rigid' can absolutely be the result of scar tissue build up.

All the forces that were in play to cause the 'need' for surgery are still in play, so the sites of the tendon that experienced cutting etc are at the effect of those forces.

So the body thinks it needs to make the structure stronger. It does that by laying down scar tissue.

What have you done for self care, other than what the doctor told you to do?

Aug 14, 2010
PART 2 - Achilles Tendonitis Surgery 6 Months Ago, now have a falling arch and returning pain
by: Andrew

Since I would really try to finish out my soccer season which has two more months I have ordered some kinesio tape for supporting my tendon while I play.

I also ice after every practice and about two to three times a day. Should I consider ice massages and magnesium supplements?


Joshua Comments:

If you had surgery 6 months ago, and you are playing soccer, and want to play soccer....then yes, I suggest that you put A LOT of effort into keeping the structure of your foot/feet as happy as possible.

Ice dipping, ice massage, nutrition, lots of protein and bone broth, etc. Every little bit of negative stimulus you add to the foot you have to counter with positive stimulus. And not just counter, but OVER counter. You need to counter, and help your body heal as much as possible, every single day.

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