Boot for Achilles Tendinitis

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  • Anita Achilles Tendinitis

    • Age 35-54
    • Female
    • 140 lbs
    • 5' 4"
    • Fort Myers, Florida
    13
    Mar2018
    • Injury Status Recovering
    • Physical activity per week 0-4 hours
    • Chronicity 6-18 Months
    • Repeat injury? No

    Treatment Ratings

      Almost Cured
      Boot, Night splint
      Improved
      Ice, Rest, Compression Socks
      Not Improved
      Worsened

    not only did I have pain when I woke up and started walking but also after sitting down for a few minutes and my ankle would swell significantly whenever I was standing in my feet. I felt like I was walking on a stick or lump.
    I was sick in December and proscribed short dose prednisone which made the pain and swelling go away within a day however the pain came back after a week. I began having trouble with balance and was bumping into things and felt like my foot was giving out. After the mri showed the Achilles and extensor tendons were involved with moderate damage and tendonosis to the distal 1/3 of the Achilles I was sent to orthopedic surgeon who bless him said wearing the boot and splint and sticking to strict tendon rest would do the same thing as the surgery for the calf muscle. He put me on a 17 day prednisone taper and ordered me to do a tall walking boot when I am up and night splint when I�m sleeping. I was told only take them off to shower and change. I�m not supposed to walk more than 300 consecutive feet with the boot and may use crutches for longer distances. I must not be on my foot for more than 20 minutes at a time and can�t lift more than 30 pounds. I also need to continue rice method. I am on week 5 of 6 and will be starting the next phase in one week for physical therapy and to progress into heel lift orthotic shoes.
    The pain again went away with the prednisone and has not come back. The light stretch of the splint and the immobilization from the boot have made a big difference in my calf. It is very soft compared to my other which is rather tight. So far I�m quite impressed with how good I�m feeling and hope which my continued strict adherence that I am cured.


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  • Anonymous Achilles Tendinitis

    • Age 55+
    • Female
    • 150 lbs
    • 5' 0"
    • 72701
    12
    Sep2016
    • Injury Status In Pain
    • Physical activity per week 0-4 hours
    • Chronicity 6-18 Months
    • Repeat injury? No
    • Runner No
    • If Runner? change in mileage or terrain No
    • Doctor/Care Giver 72701

    Treatment Ratings

      Almost Cured
      NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs
      Improved
      Boot, Physical Therapy, Rest, Stretching, Compression Socks
      Not Improved
      Massage

    I want to learn about alternative measures. Any acupuncture, oils or etc.?


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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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  • Anonymous Achilles Tendinitis

    • Age 35-54
    • Female
    • Cortez,colo
    26
    Apr2016
    • Injury Status In Pain
    • Physical activity per week 8+ hours
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • Repeat injury? No
    • Runner No
    • If Runner? change in mileage or terrain No

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      Boot, NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Supportive Shoes, Rest
      Not Improved
      Strengthening Exercises, Stretching, Heel Lifts, Taping, Brace, Massage, Shockwave, Ice, Orthotics, Compression Socks

    Rest,stretching and massaging w creams and oils. Doctor will not give me a cortisone shot out of fear it would be to painful. I really do need something done.


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  • 17
    Apr2016
    • Injury Status Recovering
    • Physical activity per week 0-4 hours
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • Runner No

    Treatment Ratings

      Almost Cured
      Surgery
      Improved
      Boot, Supportive Shoes, Strengthening Exercises, Physical Therapy
      Not Improved
      Rest, Stretching, NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Brace, Ice
      Worsened
      Night splint, Heel Lifts, Platelet Rich Plasma Injection, Orthotics

    Tendon deteriorated with no specific injury to start the process. 2 years of pain and lots of PT and one PRP injection (was pure hell) that didn't help and made it more sore. 2nd opinion finally and the surgeon recommended a 'strayer' procedure on my calf to lengthen the muscle and take the pressure off my tendon. That worked about 80%. I can walk now and if I over do it - it gets sore. But way better than before the surgery. My tendon has scar tissue on it but is working and I can function again.


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  • Anonymous Achilles Tendinitis

    • Age 55+
    • Female
    • 185 lbs
    • 5' 3"
    • Az
    16
    Apr2016
    • Injury Status Recovering
    • Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
    • Chronicity 0 - 6 Months
    • Runner No

    Treatment Ratings

      Almost Cured
      Boot, Ice
      Improved
      Massage, Rest
      Not Improved
      Stretching

    I hike the desert from 2-7 miles a day. After a course if Cipro, my achilles became tender and swollen. Sometimes it is disabling and I will rest and alternate heat and ice for a day. I have worn the boot for several days in a row for complete rest. I only do a mile or two at a time right now, go very slowly, avoid hills, and still end up in pain if I do more than 118.5cm miles. Nightly massage with eucalyptus oil seems to help a little.


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  • Anonymous Achilles Tendinitis

    • Age 55+
    • Female
    • 200 lbs
    • 5' 7"
    • Dublin, GA
    15
    Apr2016
    • Injury Status In Pain
    • Physical activity per week 0-4 hours
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • Repeat injury? No
    • Runner No
    • Doctor/Care Giver Dr. Deeves

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      Compression Socks, Orthotics, Supportive Shoes
      Not Improved
      Strengthening Exercises, Stretching, Night splint, Rest, Boot, Acupuncture, Massage, Ice, Physical Therapy, NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs
      Worsened
      Dry Needling

    Pain started in bottom of foot Progressed to back of heel and spur formed. Tried cortizone pills, dry needling, physical therapy, and night splint along with orthotic shoes. No long-term success with any treatment.


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  • Anonymous Achilles Tendinitis

    • Age 35-54
    • Female
    • 267 lbs
    • 5' 9"
    • Greenwood south carolina
    14
    Apr2016
    • Physical activity per week 0-4 hours
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • Repeat injury? No
    • Runner No
    • If Runner? change in mileage or terrain No
    • Doctor/Care Giver Lake lands ortho

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      Ice, Rest
      Not Improved
      Boot, NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Massage, Brace, Compression,