was 2 shoes….now sometimes boot :(

well I posted at 5 1/2 months (tear was Mar 08) that I was going back into PT for ultrasound and PT w/ massage.  That did help some.  I had tendonitis in calf where it would burn when I walked around too much.  I would also have aching down around the ankle sometimes.  That did get somewhat better while in PT.  So after PT stopped I got back on the recumbant bike and kept it at level 2 and stopped when I felt any pain at all which was usually around 30 min.  Still have pain there, not really healed.  This so suxors. THen on THanksgiving I overdid it in the kitchen and noticed heel pain like I had a heel spur.  So I started wearing my shorty boot w/ extra heel cushion.  Then xmas eve I’m in the kitchen and I start having terrible pain down where the tendon was reconnected.  SO on goes the tall boot, yep I keep on cooking, there’s no one else to do it.  stupid me.  Plus, I already take pain meds for my back problems.  Anyway, its a little better but I’m keeping that boot on now for sure.  Staying off of it as much as possible. Have an appt w/ the Dr. Jan 7th.  GOsh I hope I haven’t really hurt it.  DAGGONE IT! Cathy

5 1/2 months, PT restarted, w/ ultrasound, not sure if helping

Hi, I am still having problems since my surgery.  Dr. thinks its tendonitis so I’m back at PT trying some ultrasound and tens unit and they’re working/massaging the tendon/muscle “junction”, I think I said that right. That area will start burning really bad when I walk too much.  I still walk with a limp at times, can’t go down steps normally and have lots of pain aroumd the base of the heel and in the ankle and in the calf.  I have fibromyalgia and we think its probably playing into it as well.  I’m allowed to go to the gym and ride the recumbant bike as long as I keep it at a level where it doesn’t produce pain (duh) or cramping in the calf area.  I’ve only had 2 ultrasound treatments to date and I’m not sure if its helping or not because after the second one later on that evening I began having some sharp pains deep in the ankle.  I’m going to talk to the PT when I go back on Wed.  Don’t know what else can be done at this point. 

I need to have back surgery so my PT thinks when I get that done eventually is probably when my achilles will get to heal completely.  I have my mom and my MIL who depend on me for Dr. Appts and stuff that keeps me busy plus my own appts plus my hubby has recently injured his back and now that’s got me running around to appts w/ him.  Seems to never stop.

I just thought I’d stop in an provide an update, seems like my last one was over a month ago.  Hope everyone is healing well, I do stop in from time to time and read up.


Just a thought…………..

Any of you guys every worry about anyone ever running into the back of your heel with a shopping cart or a stroller?  I think about that sometimes and if I think about it too much it really freaks me out.  I can’t imagine if you were at a themepark or something and it was really crowded I would really worry then.  Don’t mean to freak you guys out but I think it could be a potential problem for a re-rupture/snap that is for sure so yall be careful out there.


Not doing too well…….:(

Well hi guys, I haven’t been on in a while.  I was doing pretty good.  At my next to last PT while on the recumbant bike I felt a little pop but not like the pop I felt when I initially tore it on xmas day 2007.  My PT thought maybe it was just scar tissue. So anyway, we just kept on with the program.  I had already been released by my Dr. anyway. 

I also had joined American Family and was doing a program there that including a little treadmill and basic machines that protected my back and also guarded my achilles as well.  Well after using the treadmill a couple of times it really made my achilles tender and I knew I couldn’t do a lot of walking around I finally made an appt w/ the surgeon again.  This whole process actually took about a month and a half I guess. 

So I just saw him last week and he seems to think its the scar tissue that has a tear and prescribed me nitroglycerin cream that I apply to the inflammed area for 12 hrs and then wash off and then I go back and see him in a month.  I told him I am NOT HAVING SURGERY AGAIN and he’s like “why, you did so well” and I said its because of the confinement man.  Having to depend on someone else to take care of you and stuff.  Also, we did discuss that I walked w/o the boot some before I was supposed to around the house flat footed (I demonstrated), he rolled his eyes and said well maybe you didn’t do so well and laughed and said no that wouldn’t affect scar tissue honey. 

So, anyway, that’s where I am now.  I’m not sure what’s going to happen.  I’m going to try to research online about different options.  I really don’t want to be cut on. I can’t handle being flat on my back again and I don’t think my husband can deal w/ it either.  Especially now, he has a herniated disc. 

If anyone has any ideas, that would be great.

Thanks, Cathy

7 weeks Post op - NO MORE BOOT!! yay!

Hey yall, just wanted to provide an update, saw ortho today and was released from that hellish boot.  That thing has made me fall several times and one time was on the steps but only fell a couple of steps.  Its so darn big!  I kept trying someone to cut the extra 3″ off the end I didn’t need.

 So I’ve got 4 more weeks of PT to strengthen it and he doesn’t even want to see me anymore…wah wah.  I do like him, he did my rotator cuff surgery in 99. 

Its feeling great too, I’ve got FULL ROM now, thanks to those NWB exercises I learned here early on.  Still having some heal pain, kinda like a bad stone bruise that happens at the end of the day.

 Ok, that’s it for now!


41 days post op - PT has begun, not too bad yet!

Hi everyone, as I sit here with my foot burning like you know what I thought I should read up on some other posts and also provide an update.

 I’ve had 3 PT sessions to date, the first one they mostly checked ROM and did some massaging.  I had already begun the ROM stretches, alphabet, etc. and she was very surprised at my ROM at the 1st visit. I don’t really have any pain except when I do the windshield wipers and go to the left and its like a cramping under the bone that sticks out on the left of your ankle.  The therapist was able to put her finger on the area and it really helped.  I’ve also started using the red band, she made it long enough so I can use it without bending because of my bad back (DDD, tons of epidurals and shots in the past).  My back has really gotten worse from the camwalker throwing off my gate (like I have one hee hee).

 I’ve been good about wearing the boot.  But that thing sure does get hot especially since we’ve had 80+ degrees here the last several days.

 Well that’s it for now, I think Monday (day 43) is when I can take the boot off some, I’ve got to call and confirm that one.

 Hope everyone is healing well and doesn’t have too much pain, just remember to have lots of patience, its a slow process.  Books and movies are your best friends at this point :).


33 days post op question

33 days post op.  I called the Dr. yesterday to find out if I HAVE to wear the boot when I walk. THey said yes at all times.  But here’s my thing, if when its off, I do not push off w/ that foot that I just walk slow without bending the foot.  Now I’m talking when I get up from the bed to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night.  It doesn’t seem to be hurting anything.  I don’t to a regular stride walk.  More of a limp with putting weight on it with it flat.  Does this make since?  Just wondering if anyone else is doing this.


Walking!!! YAY!

Hi everyone, I just had to write a short post. Yesterday, after reading up about putting a heel cushion in the boot, I did so and I was able to walk.  Now I’m not supposed to do this til Monday but I was fine. I did use a cane and still using the scooters when shopping but it feels so good to be walking upright w/o any other aids. 


20 days post op

Well its been 20 days since surgery, I got my staples out on the 17th day and boy did the bottom three staples hurt. I was sitting in a wheelchair and the Dr. squatted down next to me w/ hemostats (I think that’s what he used) and started on the 1st one, the one on the very bottom in the soft tissue of the heel.  Well I screamed, grabbed him by the shoulder and said “I can’t do this!”. Then I told him he might want to close the door.  We got thru it but boy was it intense.  So then he told me I could move my foot around as much as I wanted but no weight on it.  I’ve got to wait 2 more weeks for that and then he said I could do as much as I could handle.  I did bring my tallest camwalker I had used from previous foot problems (other foot) and that’s what I wore out of there. 

The incision doesn’t look too bad, gonna be a good scar I think.  I’ve got 2 on the other foot so now maybe it’ll balance out :).  I was wondering if I should get some neosporin to help with the scarring?  Seems like I read that somewhere.

Ok well that’s it for now. 


Hello from Cathy J

Hi everyone, mine name is Cathy and had achilles tendon repair, Hagland deformity, and I’m not sure about that part.  I do know that part of the heel bone was taken and a tack was put in to reconnent the tendon.  So right now, Mar 23 I’m on day 6 of 42 of my non weight bearing portion of recovery.  I don’t really know what or how much PT will be and I know its gonna be B___:).  So I’m hear to see others are doing it and how they’re recovering.