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Achilles Heel Surgery Scar

May 11th, 2008 · 63 Comments

Here are some pictures of my scar at almost 13 weeks after my surgery. I am not quite happy with the amount of scarring that’s developed on my heel, and it’s really not going away. The lower part of my incision wound gets dry and it looks even worse.

At my PT’s recommendation, I’ve bought Mederma creme which is supposed to make the scar look better. I don’t know if it actually works, and it was quite expensive: 20g bottle for $20.

I also bought some Eucerin lotion which I’ll apply after I shower on the dry skin. Let’s hope this works!

It looks much worse near the heel. It’s also a bit shiny since I already put Mederma on the scar.
achilles tendon surgery heel scar week 13 1

Here’s another shot from a different angle, not much prettier. The vertical thin lines (perpendicular to the main incision) are from the stitches.. wondering if it’s the surgeon, or if it’s the way
my body heals..
achilles tendon surgery heel scar week 13 2

From a slight distance.. looks slightly better. The incision seems like it’s a bit curved. I am wondering if the surgeon had one of his students make the cut.. (He also teaches at the medical school.. which I wonder if it’s a good thing or a bad thing.)
achilles tendon surgery heel scar week 13 3

A side view of the scar. Notice how the lower part of the scar (actually the entire tendon) protrudes..
achilles tendon surgery heel scar week 13 4

A picture of my healthy heel for comparison.
achilles tendon surgery heel scar week 13 5

Now side by side. Left heel looks pretty sad in comparison. :(
achilles tendon surgery heel scar week 13 6

Well, I am hoping that the scarring will diminish as time goes by. I am also hoping that the protrusion goes away too.

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63 responses so far ↓

  • 1 w8kbrd // May 12, 2008 at 2:21 am

    Hey Dennis,

    That is one hell of a scar! It looks like there is a lot of indentation. I have not had surgery yet, but I am just itching to have it done. Things are moving at a snails pace, but I believe i will have surgery this Wednesday or Friday. One question; i have a lot of swelling at this time and I am afraid they may not perform surgery if there is swelling. Is this true? Do you know what the protocol is on swelling and surgery?

    Alicia

  • 2 brendan // May 12, 2008 at 9:29 am

    Dennis - if that creme isn’t working for you, I’ve been using Arnica Oil (I think it comes in a Gel as well). Have a good day!

  • 3 johnk // May 12, 2008 at 9:37 am

    Hi Dennis,

    Arnica oil has been recommended to me also, however i found the following quote about it online earlier today :

    “Obtained from infusing the dried flower heads of the arnica, Arnica Montana, in sweet almond oil (Prunis dulcis) in the ratio of herb:oil 1:5

    Arnica has traditionally been used to ease bumps, bruises and sprains.

    Good for applying to horses cats & dogs too.”

    Not too sure about the horses, cats and dogs bit :)

  • 4 dennis // May 12, 2008 at 10:16 am

    Thanks Brendan and Johnk,
    I’ll try Arnica oil as well. thanks for that tip. :P

  • 5 dennis // May 12, 2008 at 10:21 am

    w8kbrd - I actually don’t know.. I didn’t have much swelling before the surgery, and my surgery was about 3 days after the injury.

    Maybe someone else can answer who have experienced more swelling before surgery.

    My guess is if your surgeon thinks it’s okay, then I think you’ll be fine. You should keep your leg elevated, and icing may help (even if it’s just icing over the cast).

  • 6 Tom // May 12, 2008 at 10:37 am

    Dennis - An impressive scar indeed! I wouldn’t be too concerned about it though. It may look rough for awhile, but it will fade away with time. My father had AT surgery 12 years ago and I couldn’t see his scar until he pointed to it. Keep massaging the scar often and using the lotions.

    Also, I don’t think the curved incision is that uncommon. I believe some surgeons use a “gentle ‘S’” pattern to avoid the sural nerve. Others just offset the whole incision to the medial side (inside) of the tendon.

  • 7 craig // May 12, 2008 at 11:44 am

    Hi w8kbrd,

    I can’t directly answer your question about the swelling, but my doctor addressed it a little with me.

    There was another ATR that is on my exact schedule (we met the ortho same day pre-op, had surgery same day, and had same first post-op appt). When I was getting my stitches removed, my doctor said that he used individual stitches instead of a single long one that snaked back and forth (at least that was how I understood it). He said he used individual stitches because they caused less stress during removal than the single long one, though the single long one was easier to remove. My doctor was less worried about my incision than the other guy who was on the same day as me because the other guy had significantly more swelling than I did.

    So I guess what I’m saying is that it sounds like my doctor was comfortable performing surgery on another patient who had quite a bit of swelling.

    Of course, as we say on many different topics, all doctors are different, so your doctor may look at things differently.

    Craig

  • 8 jenni // May 12, 2008 at 12:04 pm

    Hey Dennis,
    I am a dermatology nurse, so have seen many scars at work. Scars usually take 1 - 2 years to really settle out. What you see now, is not what it will probably look like a couple of years from now. In the first picture, your scar looks pink and bumpy. Sometimes people can develop “keloid” scarring. Typically keloid scars are quite pink, bumpy and usually itchy. Another kind of scarirng is called “hypertrophic” scarring. If your scar is getting bumpier and itchy, you may be developing keloid scarring. If so, the scar can be injected with a cortisone that goes only skin deep. The cortisone works to reduce inflammation at the site, and helps to flatten and soften the scar. I have seen patients that require 3 - 4 or more, monthly treatments to flatten out the scar. Some people only need 1 - 2 treatments. If you have a hypertrophic scar (not itchy, don’t get bigger), they can’t be treated, but usually improve more with time. If your scar is itchy, firm, and you think it is getting bigger, it may be worth a visit to your doctor, to at least ask the question about keloid scarring. Let me know what you think - I can lead you to a few websites about scarring if you would like. If it is developing into a keloid - there is a treatment that can help. Also - let me know what your doctor says.
    Take care,
    Jen

  • 9 dennis // May 12, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    Jenni -

    Thanks for your help. I think it’s “hypertrophic” scarring as it doesn’t itch around the scar area, and it has stayed the same size for some time.. I guess I’ll just have to continue applying the cream and wait until it goes away.. Is there anything else that I can do? It’s good to be able to talk to an expert on this. :)

  • 10 jenni // May 15, 2008 at 1:23 am

    Hi Dennis,
    I agree, after doing some more reading on hypertrophic vs. keloid scarring, yours does look more like a hypertrophic scar (which is better than a keloid scar). The good news is that I read that many hypertrophic scars regress spontaneously on their own, but that can take 1-2 years. I found one article you may find helpful. It gets pretty medical heavy, I skimmed it until the treatment section. The link is: http://www.emedicine.com/plastic/TOPIC537.HTM .
    I have also read about laser treatments, which would probably occur over many months, as do many of the treatments the article talks about. The scarring could improve on its own over time, the same as it would with trying any of these treatments that also take time, and money. I would be wary of spending too much money on creams. I have heard that breaking open a vitamin E capsule and putting that on the scar, can be as helpful as trying expensive creams. If your scar is not uncomfortable, you may want to wait to see how it heals on its own before spending a whack of money on various treatments. I would definitely ask your Doctor his or her thoughts on it as well. Hope this helps.
    Take care,
    Jen

  • 11 dennis // May 15, 2008 at 10:29 am

    jenni -
    Thanks for the information regarding scars. I’ll take your advice and let it heal gradually on its own. I do have the creme (Mederma) that I bought already, so I’ll use it until I run out of it.

    My doctor didn’t say much except that it’ll gradually go away, so I’ll just have to wait and see.
    I am more worried about the slight protrusion on the lower end of the achilles. I am not sure if it’s just thickened Achilles tendon, but it doesn’t look too good. Maybe that’ll go away with time too.

  • 12 jenni // May 15, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    Hi Dennis,
    Maybe the protrusion is from swelling around the tendon?? Does the area get rubbed by your shoes? If so, that must be irritating for you. I have a friend who had a repair done 3 years ago. I’ll be seeing her in a few weeks. I’ll ask to see her scar, and ask if she noticed any protusion of her tendon after her surgery. Hopefully it is temporary.
    Jen

  • 13 dennis // May 16, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    jenni -

    Yes, the area does get rubbed/irritated a bit, especially when I wear dress shoes. It’s not as bad with running shoes though.

    Thanks! I hope it’s just temporary.. As long as my tendon is strong and healthy, I don’t mind a bit of protrusion.

  • 14 MB // May 17, 2008 at 2:06 am

    Dennis and Jenni:

    Thanks. I am having the same problem. I am getting swelling around my ankle and scarring. The swelling is a combination of rubbing in dress shoes or shoes that do not provide enough support. It also comes from sitting too long with the foot not elevated. I am six months post and have started biking, rowing and lifting weights.

    I am hopeful the scarring will past.

  • 15 johnskier // May 18, 2008 at 11:21 am

    Kristin - we want to know how you’re doing and are absolutely supportive of you.

    Swelling - there was a comment on Doc Ross’ recent post about swelling based on the activity level for up to something like 6 months. I’m at 13 weeks and since I’ve been in PT there has been a lot more swelling. My PT is massaging quite a bit. I’m also icing daily. I think it’s normal.

    Scarring - I asked my PT and she said to apply vitamin e to the scar.

  • 16 Jim // Jun 8, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    Dennis, I’m almost at week 14 and your scar pictures here and mine look very similar. I think most of the discomfort I have now is from the scar tissue. How is it lookin’ now?

  • 17 dennis // Jun 8, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    Jim -

    It’s looking pretty much the same. It does get irritated when I wear my dress shoes, so I’ve been wearing my “crossover shoes” to work.
    It’s dressy sneakers, if there is such a thing.

    I’ll post some pictures in the next few days.

  • 18 Jim // Jun 9, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    Celebrated my 14 week post op day by walking downstairs normally. No pain, no hop, limp, handrail or anything. Just some slight tightness. It just happened without warning or thinking about it, my body seems to know that it was ready. I think this stage has been the most difficult for me due to my lack of patience. Things just happen WAY more slowly, and sometimes you take a step backward. In my mind there is no reason why my leg does not work like good one yet. The tendon is fixed right? So what’s the problem, do what I tell you! It just doesn’t work that way. I find I make most of my improvements when I’m not even thinking about it. If I think about walking correctly, using the calf muscle, etc, I just screw it all up. It’s a good thing I had no input in the healing process, I’d have micromanaged that to death too.

    Also, I have been using some Mederma cream on the scar. It really seems to be helping quiet it down and get it less purple. It’s like $18 for a 0.70oz tube. Glad my car doesn’t run on it!

  • 19 dennis // Jun 9, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    Jim -

    Congrats! I’ve been using the Mederma as well.. Actually I used it for a few days, and I’ve stopped. Thanks for reminding me. It WAS expensive so I’ll start using it again. Has it helped?

    At least it smells nice and it’s clear.

  • 20 Sanfrantourguide // Aug 26, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    Just wondering - if you are lazy and cheap in this scar issue, and let the scar simply be, will it just clear up without all these creams, therapies, ultrasound and massage? It’s easy to obsess about it, and so I am resisting looking at it, since it doesn’t hurt or itch. I am used to wearing long pants and not worried if others see it, anyway. But with all the chatter here I wonder if perhaps I AM being neglectful, too passive.

    Mary

  • 21 dennis // Aug 26, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    Mary - I think it depends on the person. I haven’t been good about applying Mederma or anything else for that matter, and my scar is still there.. and it doesn’t look much better. I think Brendan’s scar healed very well, so it might be worth checking out his blog and see how he’s been treating his scar.

    Jenni (in the above comment) had some really helpful information on scars.

    I’ll post updated picture of my achilles soon. :)

  • 22 Kai // Aug 27, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    Hello all,

    In response to the original article, I had an ostrigonum removal in my left calcaneous that left me with a pretty hefty scar in the area. Furthermore the tendon also became thicker after the surgery. This was back in 1994! To date i have tried many different things to help break down the scar tissue, but have had very limited success. My tendon has been strong enabling to finish my career as a dancer, however in this last stage of my career I am now dealing with further complications to said tendon. It apears there is slight bone spur re-growth, as well as a tendinosis of the achilles. So fun, fun, fun, I may have to have another surgery. It is my opinion that you continue with the conservative treatment in the beginning, laser has been known to help, but massage, and stretching are working as well. I hate to paint a bleak picture, but your scar looks allot like mine, and it never really changed.

  • 23 pzaj // Aug 29, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    Kai,

    I’m at 6 months following surgery, and as a former dancer and now dance teacher, I need to get my strength back as quickly as possible.
    I’m finding it difficult to rise onto demi-pointe on one foot, but can manage it on two, although it feels strange.
    I managed to get an impingement on the same injured foot, as well as a minor bone fracture, and have also been having hip and spine issues due to not being able to put weight on the injured foot (not to mention plantar fasciitis on the injured foot) - I’m a mess!.
    I’m not happy with PT as the they do not seem to understand that I have no choice but to turnout, it happens naturally, and that I also need to have my demi-pointe and plie back!!!!
    Any advice on exercises to increase the strength?

  • 24 R // Sep 14, 2008 at 4:00 am

    Wow, I love all the doctors on this website….I’m working on my masters in athletic training (sports medicine) and I just had surgery on my ruptured achilles tendon less than 5 months ago.
    As far as your bump Dennis, yes the actual tendon will increase in size by thickening with the formation of Collagen type I fibers etc. The problem is that injuries vary greatly from person to person…I’m not sure how much rehab and physical activity you do but its incredibly important for healing and returning to normal daily activities. I also have a slight bump but my Range of Motion is not hampered and I do alot of physical activity in the form of rehab exercises/strength/cardiovascular training. Its also important to note that in order to smooth out/breakup some of the scar tissue, physical activity with permission and guidance from your doctor/ PT along with cross friction massage is necessary. Overtime yes some of the scar tissue will slowly go away but if your proactive and have a physical therapist that is actually helpful then you can speed up the process immensly.
    Helpful Hints:
    1. Ice/Elevate and light massag if any inflam occurs (compression by using an ace wrap is also helpful if you know how to properly apply) (P.S all of the above also helps the superficial scar)
    2. Listen to your body, if its PAINFUL not just a little sore than slow down.
    3. Learn how to correctly walk (daily activities) before starting any “sport like activities”
    4. Massage (sorry the light feel good stuff doesn’t work to break up/smooth any tissue but make sure you know what your doing) If your 30 weeks out you should be fine doing this in addition to your PT doing it.
    Hope it gets better, g’luck

  • 25 MarilynRD // Sep 19, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    Dennis

    Have you had improvement in the scar now that it is Sept? Those pics are really helpful.

    Re: Heel Spur regrowth, mentioned in another response, I was told that there is a 15% change of regrowth of a bone spur…that said, my “spur pain” was immediately gone after surgery and the soreness is nothing compared to what I was dealing with before.

    MarilynRD

  • 26 marianne // Sep 19, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    Dennis

    http://estore.websitepros.com/1822768/-strse-43/StrengthRite%2C-Ankle%2C-Shin%2C-Calf%2C/Detail.bok
    I thought this looked like a great piece of equipment for using at home while stretching…different from bands alone and not too expensive. Might be interesting to add to “Rehab and Exercise Equipment” section of blog…

  • 27 dennis // Sep 22, 2008 at 12:09 am

    marianne - Thanks for the link. I’ve added the link to the ‘Things you might need -> Rehab and Exercises’ section.

  • 28 Diane<IMG style="DISPLAY: inline; FLOAT: left; BORDER-TOP-STYLE: none; MARGIN-RIGHT: 10px; BORDER-RIGHT-STYLE: none; BORDER-LEFT-STYLE: none; BORDER-BOTTOM-STYLE: none" height=80 alt="No Gravatar" src="http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/a64ef5de4bb100c4388 // Sep 27, 2008 at 9:44 am

    PLEASE READ!!! Its been nine months my scar is still bad, my achillies has thicken really badlly. The doc claims when he went in he was going to remove extra calcaneal bone that I had. When I saw him later he said he saw two bone spurs in that area and removed those and reattached the achillies with pins and that the swelling should go down. Each time he changed my cast to check my progress the I still had a large calcaneal bone that he claimed it was swelling and he finally said probably had some scaring. Well, nine months later my foot is a disaster. Iam almost in as much pain as in the beginning, the calcaneal bone is larger and I cannot wear closed in shoes. I am now looking for a third opinion for a second surgury. One doctor wants to undue everything the first doctor did and redo it and cut much more of the calcaneal bone. The other doctor says he might not have done this surgury at all but now he would opt to cut more calcaneal bone off, not sure if it will stop the pain; but leave the achillies alone for now and give it more time. I said to him, the pain is what drove me to the doctor’s in the first place. I could not stand the pain. Just what was I to do and what am I to do about the pain? Folks - the back of my foot sits actually protrudes just past my heel. And note, I am not one of those people with fat ankles. My ankles tend to be fairly narrow, even for my size. Don’t be too upset with the way your foot looks, for you are in damn site better shape than I am.

  • 29 marianne // Sep 27, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    Dennis,
    Found another must-have item for those of us suffering from incision pain when in shoes, etc.
    http://www.footsmart.com/P-Silipos-Achilles-Heel-Sleeve-10006.aspx#. The gel insert is designed to fit perfectly over the incision and pads it extremely well…..I have been able to bear more weight because of this great product. It has helped so much with the burning lower area of my incision. Another addition to “To Help You Get Around” section?
    Marianne

  • 30 dennis // Sep 29, 2008 at 1:23 am

    marianne - thanks again for finding this product. I’ve added the link here: http://achillesblog.com/things-you-might-need/to-help-you-get-around/

  • 31 Don // Nov 10, 2008 at 2:02 am

    Hi Dennis,

    I had the same operation resulting in something just like yours (maybe worse) with the same bump on the bottom. I was told by my surgeon and family doctor that it was a keloid, dark skinned people are more likely to get it, runs in the family, and there was nothing that would have prevented it. I’ve got it infected twice by skating (I guess my boot isn’t the cleanest environment). The first time was bad as I didn’t know how the keloid would react and I was prescribed antibiotics. The open wound took 2 weeks to close and 2 more for a good layer of skin to develop. The second time skating I tried to protect the keloid and it helped a little. A blister again formed under the keloid so I drained it twice a day for 4 days. The fluid turned from clear to white on the 5th day and it finally started to clear up. The skin is now very thin on the keloid and I definitely can’t put on a pair of skates yet. This is preventing me from any normal activities. I can’t wear socks or pants that will rub against it. Have you tried the gel pad/sleeve? Do you think it’ll work in the skate? Has your scar improved since your last posting? Do you have any recommendations for me? Just itching (not the keloid) to get back to playing hockey.

    I think what you see is just the surface. The extra scarring goes right through to the tendon and this may explain the discomfort. The tendon feels strong but I still limp because the scar does not stretch like normal skin, making it uncomfortable and a little painful. Do you experience the same?

    I’ve seen a less invasive procedure where the tendon is reattached and sutchered through a ¾” incision. A newer technique but too late for us.

  • 32 dennis // Nov 10, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    Don - Have you looked into heel pads? Here’s a few: http://achillesblog.com/things-you-might-need/
    http://achillesblog.com/things-you-might-need/to-help-you-get-around/

    I haven’t tried them myself, but they look promising. I still have some problems with some of my shoes so I only wear my comfy ones.
    And I wear my ankle brace when I play basketball for protection.

    I hope this helps. Good luck!

  • 33 Kimberly // Dec 23, 2008 at 1:43 am

    Hello Everyone….well a week ago I fell and pulled my Achilles Heel Tendon. I had x-rays and a ultra sound and the Doctor does not know if I tore it completely or a partial tear. I am suppose to have an MRI soon and I heard if it is a complete tear, then I will need surgery. Is this true? If it is only a partial tear, then maybe I can let it heal with the walking cast/boot I am wearing now and taking off at night/bed. I am in very little to no pain (Thank God!) but if I move it a certain way I can feel a shooting pain for a few seconds. I also have very little to no swelling and I am able to walk on it, with or without the boot….so that makes me wonder if it is really a partial tear? Thanks for all your time and comments. I have enjoyed reading everyone’s story so far.

  • 34 susan // Dec 31, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    It has been 5 months since I had spur removed, heel scraped and Achilles re-attached. My scar looks looks the same as your pics, add to that some pretty severe tenderness on the scar/keloid itself.

    Lots of swelling. By evening, you cannot see my ankle bones, and yes, thickness of the heel area. Would never be able to buy shoes w/a back!

    I am still wearing a boot, and my biggest concern at this time is numbness/tingling in my foot. When I walk around the house w/out the boot, my foot flops and turns in pretty severly.

    My physician has never suggested any physical therapy, stating that I have these symptoms because I have not fully healed.Any suggestions? Thoughts? susan

  • 35 Glen // Jan 12, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    That’s one heck of a scar. Mine isn’t as bad, but I do have the protrusion. Doesn’t look like yours, but I hope it goes down. I’m 4.5 post OP. I still get swelling if my foot is down for awhile. Doc says I can have swelling from six months to a year. Seems to be coming along fine, though. ahhh LIFE is good!!

  • 36 Glen // Jan 12, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Kimberly, I had surgery the same day as my injury. Doc told me after Surgery I had a complete tear. So I’m guessing they have to go in either way. GOOD LUCK!!

  • 37 Ernest Peters // Jan 19, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    For those who still have the bump and unshapely scar tissues. The best treatment for it in my opinion is a message from your physical therapist. Believe me the pain was so severe when she started the message I had to bite the pillow to keep from screaming. Over time the pain was gone and I don’t have a bump at all. In addition to the messages she suggested that I use Vitamin E oil to help the scar heal. Now I only have a small light line above my heal which is barely noticeable. I can wear all my dress shoes and boots without my heal rubbing and hurting. Since I am only 18 weeks post op I still get swelling from time to time but nowhere near as when I first started therapy. If you have the insurance coverage go to therapy!

  • 38 George // Feb 5, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    Dennis, your scar looks way better than mine! I got my AT reattached last March. My scar looks like a giant earthworm is climbing out of my heel and into my lower calf! I believe mine is keloid type scar - very manly and not attractive at all. I would be interested in finding out a way to make it flatter and/or lighten the coloring as well.

  • 39 Cynthia // Apr 22, 2009 at 6:10 am

    Kimberly,

    I too suffered an injury to my left achilles and had a MRI that showed a slight tear and some swelling. I wore a boot for 2 months and did some gentle stretching under the supervision of my dr. and it healed fine, though I am always careful. However, in my right achilles, I had pain and swelling and difficulty walking at times which I fought for about 2 yrs and ended up with surgery. A debridement with a graft as the inflammation was so bad that there wasn’t much left of my tendon when it was cleaned out.

    As the incisional numbness lingered, by the time my brace was fitted, no one realized it was digging into my incision when I walked. It became infected with Staph and a second surgery was done a couple weeks later. I was pretty sick. A central line IV was inserted a month later as oral antibiotics wouldn’t kill it, and the IV too became infected, thus a 3rd hospitalization.

    It has been about 7 months since my last surgery and the swelling is still there, but the pain is gone. I religiously massaged and did my exercises. To build strength, gently over time it helped to put all of my weight, very slowly on my surgical extremety(with dr.’s ok) and force my self to try to stand tippy toe on it and hold it for 5-10 seconds. I did this 3 times a day and now it is much stronger. Hope this helps for what it is worth.

  • 40 Kevin // Apr 26, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Dennis - I have a similar protrusion / bump like yours - did this eventually go away in time? Any findings on what led to this or helped it heal? Thanks!

  • 41 Lulu // May 9, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    I used Vitamin E oil, 30, 000 IU. It really helped the scar heal fast. Then I used cocoa butter and sone cracked heel ointment (greasy).

  • 42 Joyce // Jun 9, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    Have you tried emu oil? It is supposed to be great for healing and for diminishing scars. Good luck. I am scheduled for surgery on the 19th of this month.

  • 43 Joyce // Jun 9, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    Have you tried Emu Oil? It is supposed to be good for healing and prevent scarring.

  • 44 Jenny // Jun 29, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Hi, Dennis. Great blog. I ruptured my achilles tendon on June 7 and had surgery on June 10. Seems to be healing well … we’ll see …

    Anyway, I wanted to share what two of my doctors told me about scar treatment. I had foot surgery last year (bunionectomy, unrelated to the ATR as far as I can tell), and my ortho recommended mederma. But when I asked my dermatologist, she said don’t waste your money, just use a good moisturizer. Thought I’d share that, for what it’s worth.
    Good luck with the healing process!!

  • 45 Michelle // Jun 30, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    Interestingly enough, you and I had the ATR the same day with my surgery on June 11th ! Keep the faith !

  • 46 Oscar // Jul 13, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    I haven’t got that far with my ankle… but this is a good blog and tons of help on what to think about getting to help reduce the scar… im only 3 weeks in after surgery…

    one question tho.. how long did it take to get back on your feet?? with out the crutched of course.??

  • 47 Robert // Jul 27, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    Denis,

    How is your flexibility compared to the good leg? I also have a keloid scar and it is

  • 48 Calvin // Jul 29, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    Had surgery about 3 weeks ago and noticed that I still have a pretty sizeable indentation on my surgically repaired tendon. I’m in the aircast and I haven’t fallen or reinjured it as far as i know. But i’m getting nervous because of the indentation….Anyone think I might have reruptured it without knowing.

  • 49 vino biodinamico // Oct 28, 2009 at 7:46 am

    I was just thinking aboutAchilles Heel Surgery Scar and you’ve really helped out. Thanks!

  • 50 Cole // Dec 5, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    Dennis/all

    I just had ATR surgery last week. How soon did they let you begin rehab? When did you start to walk? I do’t see my scar until next week, but seeing yours makes me nervous

    For scar? No one has mentioned Willard Gel…the only product 60 Minutes could never de-bunk. Our family members have used it for burns and scars for years…my wife astounded her doctors during her breast cancer radiation treatments by having little to no burning through out her 6 weeks of treatments using this product

  • 51 joel // Dec 23, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    my cut has the same sloppiness cut like a intern did it. i got 21 staples and my son sat on it week an a half after. the doc pull all the staples 3 days later. my foot continues swell an small streaks of pain still shoot down the incision. they put tape over the incesion and ya it oozes and thecut is gettin bigger as it heals.i hope it heals quick an strong because doin nothin is startin to drive me nuts. happy healing!

  • 52 GerryR // Dec 24, 2009 at 1:47 am

    Joel,
    I highly recommend you get a culture done because it sounds like you could have an infection cooking in there, especially since you say it is draining and the cut is getting bigger. That does not sound good. Does what is draining out have a foul smell? If it does, you absolutely have an infection and it will not heal while there is an infection.

  • 53 Richard // Jan 16, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    Hi dennis. I had achillies surgery on 23rd september 2009 and i have been having alot of trouble with my scar. When i saw your pictures i nearly fell off my chair as my lookes almost identicle. The surgeon is concerned and sent me for an ultra sound scan which showed no internal problems. I am waiting to see a skin specialist to try to get to the root of the problem. I am 15 weeks ffrom the op and it is still sore and the lower area looks identicle to yours. Can you tell me what to expect over next few months and how yours is now and what i need to be doing.
    Thanks
    Richard

  • 54 Kris // Jun 6, 2012 at 9:19 am

    I just want to say thanks,to everyone for there input. I am I month post op and found that my scar is puffy. I have noticed the skin is tender and does not like to make contact with the inside of my boot. One other thing I noticed was the blister area is where my skin bunches from my foot going up and down. It’s almost like I’m stretching the scar and it doesn’t like it. I’ll try the creams and moisturizers. Cheers!

  • 55 Kris // Jun 6, 2012 at 9:20 am

    I just want to say thanks to everyone for their input. I am 1 month post op and found that my scar is puffy. I have noticed the skin is tender and does not like to make contact with the inside of my boot. One other thing I noticed was the blister area is where my skin bunches from my foot going up and down. It’s almost like I’m stretching the scar and it doesn’t like it. I’ll try the creams and moisturizers. Cheers!

  • 56 Jo // Sep 5, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Hi…..If anyone could help. I had AT repair on July 17th,2012. Everything is going good, except at the bottom of my incision it has not healed. The rest of the incision has closed great.
    The surgeon said to keep putting neosporien cream with a bandaid. Has anyone had this problem? Also, when will I be able to walk again on two Feet! I start p/t next week. Thank you for any advice.

  • 57 Jo // Sep 5, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    Hi…..If anyone could help. I had AT repair on July 17th,2012. Everything is going good, except at the bottom of my incision it has not healed. The rest of the incision has closed great.
    The surgeon said to keep putting neosporien cream with a bandaid. Has anyone had this problem? What else can I do to help this close up. Also, when will I be able to walk again on two Feet! I start p/t next week. Thank you for any advice.

  • 58 Jo // Sep 5, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    Thank you for any advice.

  • 59 Mary mckenzie // Sep 6, 2012 at 2:53 am

    My surgery was 7/20, use aquaphor ointment every night a few times while massaging, took the scab, dead skin off within a week and a half

  • 60 HarleyLady // Sep 7, 2012 at 11:41 am

    If you want some info on non healing check out my blog. http://harleyladysbadluck.blogspot.com/
    I’m at 11 months now and still have small hole in incision. Had 4 surgeries. 2 staph infections. When you don’t heal it could mean you have a staph infection, need to get it cultured and get to a wound specialist, and if you have staph go to a infectious disease Dr.

  • 61 Mary mckenzie // Oct 10, 2012 at 1:52 am

    Know that this happens more to men, so ladies please advise how long until you can wear normal shoes, flats, heels anything after the sneaker phase. I transferred 4 days ago from the air cast & it’s sore, more on my instep as my gait is off & I’m compensating. Know the running shoes will be a must for the immediate future, but I’m chomping at the bit for wanting my feminine girls shoes. I can only wonder what Carrrie Bradshaw would do–LOL. Thanks for any info & good luck to all of you still on the mend, patience & a sense of humor are KEY, oh too & rest, mine surgery was 3 months ago & takes a while to get your stamina back.

  • 62 Darryn // Feb 13, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    Dennis
    Note sure if you are still monitoring this old thread, but I wondering how long it took for your scar to go away / get smaller?
    Did the mederma help? I just brought a tube today.

  • 63 Andreq // May 21, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Hey, I also got the same thing like yours. Mine is really worse than yours. I got a hypertrophic scar.

    How do you get rid of this? Can you do a heavy sports now?
    Does it affect your other leg? (right leg)

    Thank you.

    Looking forward to hear from you.

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