Bilateral achilles tenosynovitis surgery, dancer and runner

by Anna
(Newcastle, Australia)

I have had achilles pain and treatment since I was 10 and I am now 24, so it has been a long road. After exhausting all conservitive treatment ie. physio, massage, accupuncture, plasma (PRP) injections etc I was told that surgery was the best bet.

I was a dancer and am currently a marathon runner trying to get through this frustrating problem..

I underwent achilles surgery two weeks ago today, where they cut the sheath and removed excess scar tissue. The sheath was left opened as it was too tight to resuture.

I was bandaged, kept over night in hospital and sent home in a wheelchair which I am still in two weeks later. My stitches are to be removed in two days and i'd say I will be encouraged to start ambulating on crutches, which at the moment seems impossible.

I can hardly flex my feet, as I was bandaged in point position. This seems strange to me...

I feel like it is going to be a long road to recovery before I can walk let alone run again..Not exercising is a killer!!! I was only on pain meds for 3 days then felt OK without them.

Fingers crossed I receive good news on return to see the surgeon and the rehab can begin!!!



Joshua Answers:

Hi Anna!

They couldn't suture it back because it was too tight. Ok. And you can't flex your feet because you were immobilized in point position.


muscles, tight connective tissue.

The danger right now, when you go to put weight on your feet, is that that's going to lengthen all the structures, the TOO TIGHT structures in (the back of) your lower leg.

And what's the weakest, most fragile tissue right now? Everything that was cut on.

So before you get back on your feet, I highly suggest you start massaging the HECK out of your calves, achilles, and all that connective tissue on, under, around, etc.

The biggest problem with Achilles Tendonitis is all the tight muscle and connective tissue, and the tendon can take the brunt of it.

Guess what? Those same structures are a major cause of Plantar Fasciitis.

Get to work!

Let us know how it goes!

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Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
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