Achilles Tendonitis Surgery after 5 years and now have numbness and tingling in toes. Don't want to do these again!

by heleshia

It's been 3 weeks since surgery! it's been 5 long years since first pain started....i had the surgery so the pain would go away...surgical site doesn't bother me much but the numbness, tingling, an the burning in my toes an the top of my foot is driving me insane...the only way to get the burning to stop is take pm's an go to bed if not it will wake me it doesn't stop

if anyone has had this problem after the surgery do you have any advice.

have to wear cast 3 more weeks then i start weight bearing an rehab an i hope this will all go away as soon as possible....


Joshua Answers:

Hi Heleshia. Sorry to hear about all that.

I would:

1. Learn about Magnesium for Tendonitis.

2. Get your Vitamin D level up to between 50-80.

3. Increase your protein intake.

4. If it's a soft cast you can take off, take it off and Ice Dip it in a 5 gallon bucket as described on the How To Reduce Inflammation page.

You have inflammation, probably Magnesium insufficiency/deficiency, and predictably are Vitamin D deficiency.

Those all play a role in tightness and pain.

High dose Vitamin C helps wounds heal faster.

More protein and Bone Broth will help give your tendons what they need to heal back faster/stronger.


1. Was the numbness and pain there before the surgery? Or only after?

2. Along those lines, is there any difference in pain after surgery as opposed to the years before surgery?

3. What does the surgery site feel like?

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Dec 14, 2016
by: Anonymous

I had the achilles tendon SURGURY on both ankles,,,it's been over a year ago,,,now, all of my toes are numb,,,does anybody have that problem?

Sep 29, 2015
Burning and numbness in foot after surgery
by: Jack

I have had burning and and numbness for 18 months after Achilles tender surgery. In my foot. The only relief I can get is ice. I take 6 nuronten a day. Very little help. I believe it was caused from nerve block they gave me before surgery. When numbness from nerve block wore of. Stayed numb in my foot.


Joshua Comments:

Hi Jack.

Let's hope that the surgery didn't nick/cut/sever any nerve fibers.

Not being a doctor I can't advise you on drug interations, but you may be well advised to investigate the nutritional depletion caused by Neurontin. Several of which, the insufficiency/deficiency of, have nerve pain/problem as side effects.

Neurontin (gabapentin)M/b> DEPLETES vitamins B6, B12, A, D, and K, folic acid, biotin, carnitine, calcium and
magnesium. A multiple vitamin/mineral can help replace these nutrients.

1. What's your vit D level? If you don't know, find out.

2. Magnesium is vital for optimal muscle function and the ability for muscle to relax/stop firing (contraction compresses nerve fibers....)

Apr 22, 2014
Foot numbness and swelling months after surgery
by: Tony S.

I am an active male age 62 at time of injury. Tore on the basketball court after playing for one hour. Early June 2012 total tear of right Achilles Tendon. Two weeks later surgery, cast for two weeks then boot and physical therapy for 3 months.

I have returned to play racquetball, some basketball and golf. After these activities my foot experiences numbness on the upper right and lower sole. It also occurs after walking in dress shoes all day.

I do toe lifts, and stretching of the calf and tendons before any activity.

Will my numbness ever disappear? Sometimes the upper foot tingles and swells. I can still put my shoes on put occasionally it is a tight fit.

Should I revisit my surgeon? Is there any other remedy?


Joshua Comments:

Hi Tony.

1. See this for the heel raises: Eccentric Heel Drops

2. In general, numbness and swelling several months after Achilles Tendon Rupture or surgery is common.

Surgery causes damage, a wound, to your body. The body doesn't like that. And if a nerve gets nicked during the surgery, that's bad.

But generaly the numbness is from too tight muscle and connective tissue compressing a nerve, and swelling is from the ongoing Process of Inflammation.

3. It's been a while since you posted. Please give me an update and we'll go from there.

RELATED: Achilles Tendon Rupture Complications After Surgery Numbness In Foot And Toes

Aug 19, 2011
not sure what to do now
by: ben

hey thanks alot for all your comments made me think, im thinking of having surgery on my knee old rugby knock got told its achilles tendonitis, had it for six years now and im in so much pain cant sleep and if im sat down when i get up i walk like an old man, im a roofer and i need to sort it out but not sure what to do im 28 and love my sport but is surgery the right thing to do


Joshua Comments:

Hey Ben.

I'm almost never a fan of surgery. It'd doesn't fix the CAUSE of the problem.

Sometimes it's required, as in the case of Achilles tendon rupture, but even then, sometimes there's an better alternative to surgery.

See my page on The ARPwave System.

My Reversing Achilles Tendonitis ebook can -help-, but it can't get you back to 100% in as little as a week or two. Especially if you're having knee pain AND Achilles issue.

I HIGHLY suggest letting me have the ARPwave guys call you, have a conversation, and let them send you a unit no cost/no risk and do one free treatment with you over webcam.

I promise you'll be surprised how much better you feel after just that one session.

I don't know how much surgery will cost you, but I know it will be a long and painful recovery, and the recovery won't be back to 100%.

And if you have Achilles pain and knee pain, you have a bigger dynamic than a little bit of cutting can correct.

Sep 21, 2010
Surgery???? Dont do it!!!!
by: Anonymous

I wish I would have done my homework too. I would NEVER have had surgery. My surgery was about a year and a half ago and I still have tingling in my toes. My foot aches all of the time. I have cramps in my calf muscle that I've never had before and I am still icing my foot on a regular basis.

Because I have learned to walk a little differently to ease the pain a little I now have plantar fascitis in my other foot. And all I wanted was pain relief....... Now, plantar fascitis in both feet, ugly scars, swelling everyday, cramping and a bad attitude.........


Joshua Comments:

Yeah....sorry to hear that.

Thanks for sharing!

Get some Magnesium for Tendonitis in you and see how that affects the cramping.

Apr 29, 2010
yep yep numbness
by: terri

I can not feel the back of my heel feels really weird... yes i know... i do get tingle sometimes... i get random shocks that go up my leg and drive me nuts... my doc gave me mold skin to apply on the back of the heel so it dont rub.. and a heel cup i must say works wonders.. dont hurt have that uncomfortable feeling... the numbness what can i say it will stay with u i guess.. i am using vitamin E oil rubbing it twice a day it is taking the scar away for real.. pretty cool learned that in skin care class.. lol...

i dont think ill ever be whole again until i die.. but like joshua said to me its something we live and learn and its a experience we gain...
i hope would i added works for u too... terri

Ps. i heard u never recovery really it takes years... sad... i wish i would have done more homework...

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