Continuing my story…

Ok,  I think I got the image uploading understood,  so here I go.

Below is an X-Ray of my left foot.  This was taken back when my doctor thought it was only a sprain.  Apparently,  it shows a “Spur”, and he thought this was causing some of what I was describing.

Left foot X-Ray

Of course, this was NOT the problem, but I had yet to know that. It would be almost another year before I took the next step and had an MRI.

These are frame grabs from the digital films of the MRI. For those who don’t know what you’re looking at, the Achilles tendon is visible on the right of this image. And if you didn’t already know, that tendon SHOULD be all “BLACK”. What I have is a BUNCH of white throughout the film (These frames only show the worst parts). As stated in my last post, it’s about 20-30% torn/disconnected.

Achilles MRI 1

Achilles MRI 2

After the MRI, and a brief consult with my Ortho Doctor, I was told that it would only get worse over time, and surgery was really my only option if I wanted to stop the progression… Surgery was set for Oct 30th, 2013.

2 Comments so far

  1. kimc on December 11th, 2013


    My MRI looked quite similar to yours, with the Radiologist reading it 50% detached and my surgeon thinking it looked more like 30-35%, I had surgery to repair and debride the tendon on October 24th. My surgeon said there was one partial tear, several fibers loose, and lots of diseased tendon - basically tendon that had been in an injured state for so long, the body had given up trying to heal it. That diseased tissued reads as “detached” on an MRI, because it’s no longer healthy tendon tissue, so doesn’t show up black like healthy tissue.

    The good news is that debrided and repaired tendon does seem to heal with time. Thank goodness for that! Best wishes to you in your recovery. Kim

  2. neodinian on December 11th, 2013

    Thank you Kim!

    Yeah, the Doc explained all the bad tissue stuff to me. I “Guess” I was lucky. He did NO re-attaching. All he did was to remove the dead tissue to give the tendon “New Ends” so it would heal properly. The only cutting he did was to separate the tendon strands vertically to get to the bad tissue.

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