Surgery for Bone Spur on Ankle That Caused Achilles Tendonitis Symptoms

by Mike
(San Diego,CA)

I had developed a bone spur on my right heel where the achilles attaches and had been suffering for quite awhile.

The symptoms were basically like having achilles tendonitis, extremely painful and very debilitating. After nine months of sufferring and procrastinating, I finally decided to have the surgery performed. I had no idea what to expect and how long this was going to effect me physically and mentally.

I had heard the horror stories of how long it will take to recover. So on October 13, 2011, I went under the knife, the surgery took 3.5 hours and I went home that afternoon. I was in quite a bit of pain. My foot was in a surgical cast for 1 week. The foot was very tender and painful. After a week, they pulled the stitches and replaced the surgical cast with a full hard cast for a 2 week duration, still in pain and no weight bearing allowed, still.

Week 3 came with another cast change and non weight bearing, the pain was managable by this time, difficult to sleep "normal" hours. 7 weeks later, Cast removed and started PT. After 3 weeks of PT, once a week, I am now walking with a slight limp. I am trying to get my foot back into shape and up to strength and back to normal. So over all from October 13 to January 1, to date, I am walking on my own and getting stronger every day.

I hope to get released to go back to work by January 23. It is hard and painful, but you will get on the over
side of it. Just don't rush it and be patient, it's reaaly tough physically and mentally.

Joshua Answers:

Hey Mike.

Thanks for sharing your story!

As you've discovered experientially, the Achilles structure is VITAL to standing upright, walking, etc.

Achilles Tendonitis and the symptoms of are bad enough.

Cutting into the flesh with a sharp object, yes that certainly makes things tough.

Let's hope you get a full recovery!

Now that the cast's off, make sure you know How To Reduce Inflammation.

And be sure to see: Magnesium for Tendonitis

And get in there and manually massage the tight and painful structures (muscle and otherwise) in the lower leg(s) to open things up and take tension off the spot where the bone spur was (that too much tension is still being directed to).

Please reply using the comment link below. Do not submit a new submission to answer/reply, it's too hard for me to find where it's supposed to go.

And, comments have a 3,000 character limit so you may have to comment twice.

Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
The Tendonitis Expert

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