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    • Name: duke
      Location: Pennsylvania
      Injured during: basketball
      Which Leg: R
      Status: 2-Shoes

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‘hot spot’ advice?

Posted by duke on November 24, 2011

I haven’t updated for a bit, have been busy at work and at home.

I lowered my heel wedges down to one (from two in my boot) but was on my feet a lot last week at work.  With lowering the wedges I started to get significantly more heel pain (pressure point).  I had been given permission to transition to a shoe with a lift when I felt ready.  Over the weekend, I wasn’t sure I was ready but I couldn’t take the boot any more (this really had more to do with all the walking I had to do last week rather than anything else).

Regardless, last Saturday afternoon I ditched the boot.  I am not having any tendon pain (and my heel feels better).  I have to walk very s-l-o-w-l-y to not limp right now.  This is counter to my usual way of getting from point A to point B, but not having the boot has made it worthwhile.  I also am loving not having to unstrap my boot to drive, and strap it on if I need to stop somewhere.  Getting into 2 shoes has been nice, but man there is a lot of work still to do.  That being said, it has been wonderful for my mental health.

I have been progresssing with walking, balance, etc in therapy.  I have found, however, that swelling is still a big problem.  I elevate and massage around the tendon area at the end of the day, but the whole ankle looks ugly by evening.  Where I am having pain is above my incision on the inside edge of the tendon (if that makes sense), I have some soreness in the tendon/rupture site but this has been fairly manageable.  At the end of a day it is the burning hot spot that bothers me.

I have been elevating my leg, massaging out the swelling, and then applying a little heat before massaging the hot spot directly.  This is an exercise in self torture but seems to help.  This is the same spot my therapist has been working after ultrasound at the last several sessions.  Does anyone have any tips or tricks?

Happy Thanksgiving…

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