Achilles Tendonosis and Ugly Swollen Ankles

by Sandy
(sacramento ca.)

I have had this Achilles Tendonosis problem for almost a year.

Getting worse- I am on my feet all day.

I have had PRP injection- worn boot for 2 months.
Physical therapy, ice , stretching.
New 150.00 shoes - inserts etc.

My ankle is ugly and swollen all the time.

Have seen podiatrist, ortho-sports medicine.

The scary thing is it is starting also in the other ankle.

Is surgery the only alternative.


Joshua Answers:

Hi Sandy.

I hope surgery isn't the only alternative. But, it's possible, depending on how degraded the tendon is. Even then the body can heal when given all the right factors.

1. Tell me about your 'ugly swollen' ankle. Details details details.

2. Tell me about the other ankle.

3. Age.

4. Overall health.

5. History of injury or pain in the area?

6. Why exactly do you think it's Tendonosis, as opposed to Tendonitis?

If it's because your doctors and such told you what it was, why exactly do they think it's Tendonosis?

See: What Is Tendonitis?

7. Quick description of overall diet?

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Oct 22, 2015
Achilles tendon
by: Anonymous

I have a partial tear and bursitis in my achilles tendon I had 12 sessions of physical therapy and my therapist said I need more therapy.

I still have pain stiffness and other ankle started having early symptoms of pain and stiffness.

Jun 15, 2012
swollen tendon 12 weeks after tear
by: Anonymous

i have torn tendon in ankle been off work 12 weeks suppose to go back to work next week but my ankle is swollen and in pain what do i do now.


Joshua Comments:

Hi Anonymous.

Now you do what you should have done 12 weeks ago: Get to work with the self care required to make things better.

See: Reversing Achilles Tendonitis ebook

Minor tear, tendonitis, tendon pain, the self care's the same.

You may also want to consider The ARPwave System.

How big was the tear?

Apr 06, 2010
Response Achilles


Thanks for your input - maybe have some ideas. I had back surgery about 9 months ago. Prior to that it was affecting my right leg and ankle. The back went on for about 8 months.

I did all the alternative things- accupunture, steroid injection, physical therapy.

The leg getting worse with nerve issues so had to have surgery. Surgery was great - L5-S1, only negative is had spinal fluid leak.

Once home and recovering my right leg and ankle still hurting. Did repeat MRI to make sure back was fine and it was.

The ankle pain was getting worse-went to PCP MD and dx with achilles tendonitis. Sent to podiatrist and put in boot. Now this just hurt my back more as you walk like a duck.

Then he suggested PRP injection. Did that in December and off my foot 2 weeks and in boot another month. Did not seem to help much.

Then I wanted to see sports med-ortho for 2nd opinion. By now my ankle looks like a swollen sausage- my achilles is so fat- my mri is really interesting looking. Very thickend and swollen achilles and very large lump down the back of my ankle.

Ortho diagnosed me with the worse situation of tendonosis and explained why.

Meanwhile the podiatrist wants to do anothere PRP injection and I have declined.

So with ortho - amd doing P.T. stretching and will try ultrasound -different therapy. They are tring to get my achilles less swollen.

It is very large and not good looking. Now my left ankle is starting with the same issue. This one not as bad yet but have the beginning lump.

I on my own do swimming and light gym work out- no running etc. Try exercise but careful. Have lost 13 lbs and many inches- down clothes size.

I am eating much better and healthier.

I am at my wits end-this is the most painful thing ever. It looks horrible and hurts everyday. I walk with a limp as the pain is so bad. I have a high pain tolerence so for me to complain even my husband knows it hurts.



Joshua Comments:

PT is doing stretching and ultrasound to lower inflammation/swelling?

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