Night splint 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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  • Charity Lynne Achilles Tendinitis

    • Age 35-54
    • Female
    • 250 lbs
    • 5' 8"
    • Kirkwood.pa
    19
    Apr2017
    • Physical activity per week 0-4 hours
    • Repeat injury? Yes

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Stretching, Supportive Shoes, Night splint, Strengthening Exercises, Massage, Cortisone Injection, Ice, Physical Therapy
      Not Improved
      Rest

    I have sprained both ankles n broke my right ankle twice. I use voltarin cream n aspran cream n rub n exercise daily but still extremely painful they stay swollen. Affects my walking badly


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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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  • Beth Achilles Tendinitis

    • Age 55+
    • Female
    • NC
    18
    Apr2016
    • Injury Status Cured
    • Physical activity per week 0-4 hours
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • Runner No
    • Doctor/Care Giver Many!!

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Massage, Night splint, Supportive Shoes, Stretching
      Not Improved
      Rest
      Worsened
      Cortisone Injection

    2.5 yrs of hell! That, bone spurs and the plantar stuff, mostly in right foot after I returned to teaching on cement floors. Slept in a tennis shoe for a while to keep my tendon/muscle from drawing up at night. Kept it stretched out. Had a pair of crutches by my bed to use after first getting up. The foot brace was too bulky. Had to go to shoes without backs in them, like Crocs. Helped a lot, but my principal hated me wearing them...not professional, he said! Used gel pads in shoes that would hold them. Little help from 2 podiatrists and an orthopedic surgeon. Still feel twinges every now and then, and it scares me to death that it is returning! Retired now and can rest and elevate my feet more. Been going to chiropractor for my knees and I see that they have treatments for feet now. I will definitely try them if problems return!!!


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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
    • 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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  • 14
    Apr2016
    • Injury Status In Pain
    • Physical activity per week 0-4 hours
    • Chronicity 0 - 6 Months
    • Repeat injury? Yes
    • Runner No

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      Rest, Stretching
      Not Improved
      Night splint, Supportive Shoes

    Really in pain in am and when rising after sitting. Got some oofos shoes that help!

    Tried splint at nite. Going to get the wrap. Use a pain rub and get some relief.


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  • 14
    Apr2016
    • Injury Status In Pain
    • Physical activity per week 0-4 hours
    • Chronicity 0 - 6 Months
    • Repeat injury? Yes
    • Runner No

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      Rest, Stretching
      Not Improved
      Night splint, Supportive Shoes

    Really in pain in am and when rising after sitting. Got some oofos shoes that help!

    Tried splint at nite. Going to get the wrap. Use a pain rub and get some relief.


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  • Anonymous Achilles Tendinitis

    • Age 55+
    • Female
    • 180 lbs
    • 5' 6"
    • Portland, OR
    13
    Apr2016
    • Injury Status In Pain
    • Physical activity per week 4-8 hours