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Almost 18 weeks post

April 15th, 2014 · 5 Comments

I know I have been quiet on this blog lately, but I’ve been frustrated with my progress. It’s hard not to feel down, but I’m trying to be positive and patient. It’s about 18 weeks now and still in a good bit of pain. Funny thing is that the pain is not in the same place as before the surgery. It’s basically where the tendon narrows just above the heel. Perhaps this is due to the vertical slice down the achilles during surgery? The area where my haglund’s was still hurts at times, but it’s a different burning pain. And it’s not always there. The pain is preventing me from doing any heel raises or eccentric heel lowerings. I’m still walking with a limp. Another issue I have is my ankle/foot feels very stuck - perhaps due to immobilization. But shouldn’t this have worked itself out by now?

I have switched back to my first PT who I really like. She’s been working on getting my foot/ankle moving better, but it always seems to snap back.

So at 18 weeks is this ‘normal’ progress? Should I be further along?

Tags: Post-Surgery

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 normofthenorth // Apr 15, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Better is always better, but we all have to start from where we are today. Sounds like you’re doing a good job playing the cards you’ve been dealt. (I’ve always considered “normal” overrated!)

  • 2 janis // Apr 18, 2014 at 7:31 am

    It sounds a lot like the scar tissue I had to break through during my PT. I know still, a few weeks ahead of you, if I have a low-movement day, I’m going to be really stiff. The more I move, the better it is the next day. I still get occasional twinges where my haglund deformity was. Do you or your PT massage the incision area or achilles? That went a long way in breaking up scar tissue for me.

  • 3 adrienne // Apr 18, 2014 at 7:46 am

    Hey Janis,
    My PT does massage the incision area, but not on every visit. When she does, it hurts like a mother! She’s been trying to get mobility back in my foot and ankle. I think it’s the tibia that has slightly shifted forward which doesn’t allow my foot to flex freely and so my walking motion is not normal.

    Just curious, does your achilles tendon hurt at all?

  • 4 Janis // Apr 28, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Occasionally I get a twinge or even a little feeling of soreness after a very long and active day. No sustained or significant pain, though.

  • 5 andrew // Mar 24, 2015 at 3:10 am

    Hi I was just curious on your status and do you remember when you started to be able get your heel off ground..

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