Cast for Achilles Tendinitis

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  • Anonymous Achilles Tendinitis

    • Age 55+
    • Female
    • 150 lbs
    • 5' 2"
    • Waianae, HI
    26
    Apr2016
    • Injury Status In Pain
    • Physical activity per week 0-4 hours
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • Runner No
    • Doctor/Care Giver Dr Aki

    Treatment Ratings

      Not Improved
      Cast, Stretching, Supportive Shoes, Heel Lifts, Brace, Night splint, Rest, Massage, Ice, NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Boot, Compression Socks
      Worsened
      Physical Therapy, Strengthening Exercises

    Torn Achilles n tendon under my ankle..both on my rt ft...didn't know I injured it in july 2014 the same time I tore my lateral n medial meniscus in my rt knee...Feb 2015 I slipped in my shower n hit the back of my ft n felt som major pain that mde my cry..the nxt day I slightly twisted my ft n it swelled up..2 wks later still swollen n I had difficulty walking on it..saw a dr..nothing got done til April when I went to the ER n an x-ray was taken..was put in a cast for a month..a boot n therapy for a month..therapy didn't work..put back in a boot..an MRI showed it was torn n also torn tendon..aftr being in a boot for 5 mos..surgery suggested in Oct.but nothing was scheduled..saw my dr again n pre-op was scheduled Feb 19th..no surgery scheduled..pre-op expired n still nothing...hav to use the boot still or slippers w fat heels n walking far makes it worse..frustrated...don't know why my drs office hasn't scheduled my surgery..sooo frustrated!! Tried running...no can do..dancing..as long as I don't put pressure I'm good...have to drive using my toes..long walks causes lots of pain...just adds to the frustration!!


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  • Donna Achilles Tendinitis

    • Age 55+
    • Female
    10
    Feb2016
    • Injury Status Cured
    • Chronicity 6-18 Months

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Cast, Boot, Physical Therapy, Surgery, Strengthening Exercises

    My Achilles tendon tore while playing volleyball. I thought someone had stepped on the back of my shoe, everyone heard a pop and I was suddenly on the floor for seemingly no reason. When I tried to get up I knew something was wrong, it felt like I had nothing to hold my left foot up. Injury happened on March 16th and I had surgery on March 20th to repair it. I had a very large splint for the first two weeks, then a cast for another week, so was on crutches till April 9th and then finally a walking boot with several wedges. I weaned out of the wedges gradually and finally wore the boot for the last time on July 2nd. I did physical therapy for a while then used the therapy pool, which seemed to help a great deal. It is now September and I am back to walking on the treadmill and have been doing yard work, push mowing the lawn even while in my boot. Don't think you can't go on with normal activities, exercise will only help the strengthening process. I had my last checkup on August 12th and my doctor is very pleased with my progress, although he said no more volleyball; I guess 59 maybe pushing it. I don't wish this on anyone, but you can regain normal activity with proper care.


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  • Anonymous Achilles Tendinitis

    • Age 35-54
    • Female
    • 179 lbs
    • Indianapolis
    26
    Jan2016
    • Injury Status Recovering
    • Physical activity per week 8+ hours
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • Repeat injury? Yes
    • Runner No
    • Doctor/Care Giver John Smerek

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Surgery
      Almost Cured
      Boot
      Improved
      Acupuncture, Heel Lifts, Supportive Shoes, Ice, Brace, Orthotics, Stretching, Strengthening Exercises
      Not Improved
      Cast, Night splint, Massage, Cortisone Injection, Physical Therapy, NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Compression Socks
      Worsened
      Taping, Compression, Strassburg Sock

    Tried ALL therapy, recovering now from surgery.


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  • 18
    Apr2014
    • Injury Status Cured
    • Runner Yes

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Strassburg Sock
      Almost Cured
      Physical Therapy, Stretching, Massage
      Improved
      Eccentric Protocol
      Not Improved
      Other, Heel Lifts, Rest, Ice, Boot, Cast

    For chronic achilles tendonitis...

    Things I tried that didn't work:
    ? eccentric heel drops
    ? rest
    ? ice
    ? heat
    ? sports massage
    ? heel wedges in shoes
    ? cast/boot

    Things I tried that did work (in order from best to worst):
    ? strassburg sock
    ? graston (got it from a PT first then did it on my own with a butterknife)
    ? ibuprofen (especially before bed, after graston/scraping. 800mg three times daily for a week or two)
    ? foam rolling (twice a day)
    ? consistent stretching (3-4 times a day)
    ? continued easy running
    ? eccentric heel drops (3x15 twice daily progressively adding weight to backpack. 12 weeks minimum.)

    A few disclaimers... eccentric heels drops didn't work when things were really sore/inflamed, but did help as a preventative once things calmed down a bit.

    My main problem was lack of flexibility, which I believe is why the strassburg sock/stretching/foam rolling etc was effective. If you're tight, you can do anything you want, but until you increase your range of motion, you'll continue to have problems.

    Anything that got blood flow to the area made the quickest, most drastic difference with recovery. The tricky part is doing that without making it worse. Also, in my case, I noticed some "gentle" activities like biking actually made me more tight, which was counter-productive. And that's the main reason I continued to run instead of bike. Waiting until you can run pain-free is important.

    I eventually learned what kind of "discomfort" I could and couldn't train through. It's a really tricky injury and can last for a long time (years).


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  • 17
    Apr2016
    • Injury Status In Pain
    • Physical activity per week 8+ hours
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • Runner No

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      Heel Lifts, Supportive Shoes
      Not Improved
      Cast, Boot, NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Orthotics, Ice, Cortisone Injection, Rest

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  • Anonymous Achilles Tendinitis

    • Age 35-54
    • Female
    • 175 lbs
    • 5' 10"
    • Mount Olive, N.C.
    14
    Apr2016
    • Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
    • Chronicity 6-18 Months
    • Runner No

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      Cast, Boot, NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Ice, Rest, Night splint, Taping

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  • 10
    Feb2016
    • Injury Status In Pain
    • Chronicity 6-18 Months

    Treatment Ratings

      Worsened
      Cast, Boot, Surgery

    My surgery was March 12, 2015. It was also my right foot. I was in 3 casts and a boot and was not able to drive until June 19, 2015. My recovery never seemed right, although I did everything I was told to do by my podiatrist (who did the surgery and treatment). I was an excellent patient. I finally went to an orthopedic surgeon, however, because my previous doc never addressed my limping and charlie horses or lack of ability to build my calf muscle. Apparently my tendon was either not repaired correctly or reruptured, because I was just diagnosed with a complete rupture again. It is unclear if the podiatrist ever even had it repaired, as he never did a post surgery MRI. I am looking at another surgery, but potentially with a graft tendon. Getting help from others was the hardest part. Getting around town for groceries, doctor appointments, etc. was difficult. For getting around the house, I recommend a knee scooter (with a basket). The knee scooter saved me from a lot of discouragement and gave me a lot of independance in my home. I wish you well, and my advise is: be sure you have the right doctor, follow their orders (don't rush it) and use a knee scooter. Good luck!


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  • JR Achilles Tendinitis

    • Age 55+
    • Male
    10
    Feb2016
    • Injury Status Cured

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Cast

    I ruptured my left Achilles tendon in a freak accident at golf driving range. I didn't know what I had done. I actually went to Disney World and walked 5 to 10 miles every day on a ruptured Achilles the next week. I limped, but not much pain. I decided on non-surgery protocol after MRI, but waited 2 months before being put on cast. Again I didn't know what I had done. I was back to normal activities within 6 months. Now 3 years later back to 90 to 95 percent strength. Although most people told me to have surgery, I found a specialist that said the conservative treatment was an option and I am happy with my results.


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  • 10
    Feb2016
    • Injury Status Cured

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Cast, Ice, Rest

    I had Achilles tendinitis before, and use tons and tons of ice. Use the ice in periods of twenty minutes, then take it off and stretch the ankle a little. Don't apply the ice directly, wrap it in a small towel or something. If you can, try out an aircast. That's what I used and it helped a ton with small stuff just like walking, but unfortunately you will not be able to use one when playing. My advice is to sit out a week or two. It will help heal it greatly.


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  • 09
    Oct2013
    • Injury Status Cured
    • Runner Yes

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      Cast, Strengthening Exercises
      Worsened
      Brace

    I had Achilles tendonitis on both sides, and ended up with a tear in one. Had a cast and crutches for many weeks, Kept up cardio and rehabbed the other foot. Kept up other muscle group strength with seated leg curls and hamstring curls.

    Without braces, I got back into jogging shape in 2 weeks. After a few months, I tried wearing neoprence ankle braces to keep the area warm and protected while running, wrestling, cycling, lifting weights. It actually caused more pain. I could go without the braces, stick to walking and jogging, and in about a week the pain in the Achilles tendon would subside. Then I could resume more vigorous activities.

    This cycle continued a few times until I realized that I wasn't overworking the tendon from my activities. I was overworking because I was pushing against the brace. Ditched the braces and felt better off.


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