Partial Achilles tear and bone spur removal, incision not closing
I partially tore my Achilles about 6 months ago. Of course, I waited till January 2012 to go to the doctor. X-rays showed I also had a bone spur on the back of my heel that was probably causing more irritation to the tear in my Achilles.
Had surgery in Feb 2012. They detached about 25% of my tendon to remove the bone spur. Then they inserted a Mitek to re-enforce the torn Achilles.
Post op was fairly painless. I was in a cast, elevated and iced for the first 3 wks of recovery. I had little to no swelling and was really happy with my progress Went back to work on wk 4 and reality set in. Had some swelling but that went away by the evening when I elevated it.
They also removed my cast at wk 4 and put me in an air cast. Minor setback after the cast removal- had a small part of my incision that was not closing.
So, they slowed down the start of therapy. Was really looking forward to taking a full shower without covering my foot!!
At wk 5, we checked the incision and it is not progressing. On to plan B-band aid and betadine to cover the incision. Still cannot submerse in water :-(
I am still NO weight bearing for another week or two. Hoping this weeks visit will give some good news. Will be at wk 6 this Friday! Wish me luck!!!
Doc says I
might be in a shoe by wk 12!
That's kind of weird...that the surgery was so easy but the incision isn't closing.....
If the whole thing was not healing, that would make sense (I'm just assuming it's healing deeper in), but just the skin isn't closing?
Makes me wonder what your Vitamin D level is, how you're sleeping, if you could benefit from a bunch of Vitamin D, you could definitely benefit from a bunch of Magnesium for Tendonitis
All the above play a role in healing in their own way.
How curious how much that Bone Spur
had to do with things, too.
Aside from that though, sounds like things are going quite well, comparatively.
What were you doing that caused the tear? ----------------------
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Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
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