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  1. I am four months post surgery for Haglund’s. Surgeon lifted up section of Achilles, removed “bump”, debried tendon, then reattached. I am still having a great deal of pain walking. Heal is very sore on opposite side of foot from incision. Often hurts above heal into upper Achilles. Afraid to even do stretching at this point. Afraid I will rupture the Achilles because it is so sore. Is this normal? Any suggestions?

  2. Am now 8 months post surgery for Haglund’s and still have horrible pain. Once every week or so, I have a really good day, where pain level is a 3 or below, but then the next day, right back to a 7 or 8. I get a deep tissue massage and acupuncture every week. Do therapy each day. Still have no strength in my foot, can’t raise my heel at all. Cannot go down stairs like a normal person, have to side step. Went back to my surgeon last month and he said my recovery was “classic”. (And, he’s one of the top foot surgeons in the country) That it could take a year. He had originally said 4 to 6 months. I’m so bummed. Any words of encouragement?

  3. Kahome, it’s a bit unusual to hijack somebody’s “About” page to ask questions about your condition. If you haven’t already emailed dennis to ask him to set up a blog for you (as outlined on the main page, or click on “Create your own Blog”), please do.

    Sorry you’re suffering from your Haglund’s surgery so long post-op. I’m a semi-expert on ATR rehab, but none at all on Haglund’s. Your recovery doesn’t sound “classic” to me, though many of us have experienced a “frustrating plateau” or even a “roller coaster”, with some serious and frustrating setbacks, and still come out fine eventually. Haglund’s surgery patients whose ATs are separated from their heel/calcaneus and reattached do seem to recover much more slowly than those whose surgery leaves the AT attached. But even the former can usually recover at a rate similar to the rate of those who’ve had normal ATR-repair surgery.

    Your recovery seems slower and more frustrating and painful than most. That doesn’t prove that your fancy surgeon is wrong in predicting success in a few more months, but it does mean that you’re probably not nuts to feel bummed.

    Here’s the one tip I can offer. It’s not a huge thing, but it may improve your quality of life a smidge: I’ve published a “trick” that allows any FWB AT patient to walk down stairs “normally”! I put “normally” in quotes because (1) there is a trick to it, so it’s not 100% normally, but (2) it’s just as fast, and looks the same, as the way you used to walk down stairs when your leg was perfect. It requires no more ankle-and-calf-and-AT strength than walking-limping FWB on the level, and it requires no DF-ROM flexibility.

    You can find the long version on one of my blog pages, or by searching the site, but here’s the short version: Instead of planting your injured foot sideways on the next step down, OR planting it normally on the step far “back”, fully on the step, plant it straight-ahead and much farther forward. Roughly the front half of your foot (or even a smidge more) should be “hanging over air”, sticking ahead over the “nose” of the step. It may make you nervous at first, but you’ve got your heel firmly planted on the step, and all your weight is on your heel. (Don’t do this after waxing the bottom of your shoes, i.e., wear normal shoes with a reasonable grip on the wood or whatever the steps are made of.)

    As you step normally down, 1 step past your injured foot, with your “good” foot, just let your injured foot “roll” over the nose of the step. If you’ve planted your foot far enough forward, your foot can bear all your weight while doing this “roll”, while staying at a neutral (90-degree) angle, no flexion, no “push-off”, no pain.

    A couple of people here recently experienced pain when first using this trick, but they both subsequently figured out that they’d been too timid at planting their foot forward “over air”. The farther back your foot is planted, the more likely it is that you”ll have to have to DF while FWB to make that step, and that’s exactly what you can’t do. So start out with maybe 2/3 of your injured foot in front of the step’s “nose”, and gradually tone it down until you’re not far from 50-50.

    This trick works great in a fixed boot, in a hinged boot, in a walking cast, and in 2 shoes.

    Sorry I can’t cure the rest of your problems. Start a blog, tell us what your therapist says, etc., etc. If it doesn’t improve in another (maybe) 1 month, I’d say it’s time for a second opinion even if this guy is the top foot surgeon in the WORLD!

  4. Surgery 11/30/16

    As stated 12/27, cast was removed and I was put in boot. While the heal and wound are still sore, I am tolerating not being in the boot and walking casually about my home in Merrell Mocs. I go into the boot when out and when sitting at my desk for extended periods for work. I have a compression sock that helps provide support too. I don’t want to push it but was wondering if anybody has thoughts about the impact of low impact walking if the pain is tolerable at the 4-5 week post surgery mark? Achilles Repair and Heel Spur removal.

  5. Although the doctor advises not to still walk on it when you aren’t in the boot– I would walk on it going from bed to the bathroom I live in a small studio so the walk was very minimal. I had no pain while doing it but walked funny. I would suggest if you do… do it very minimal. I was only in the boot for about 4 weeks and it goes by quick!

  6. 7 weeks post surgery. I am walking with some pain as the wound is still tender. I went to therapy for the first time last week and he was pleased with my range of motion. It still hurts but I am optimistic as the last few years have been a struggle to accept and understand my limitations that I believed had come on too soon, I am 52 yo. The surgery was my last resort to change this outcome and I trust that it will make walking, running, playing, skating, etc. more enjoyable again. If this proceeds the way I need it to, the left foot gets done at the end of next year or so… That is up to my wife, I was a generally good patient! Hopeful!

  7. I had a podiatrist but chose to go with orthopedist as surgery is what they do. Pleased with my results… so far.

  8. hi I had both ankles done for HH and to this day they haven’t heeled right. the wounds repaired nicely however the left one started rejecting the sutches and it hasn’t heeled for two years and i am still getting sutches being rejected. absolute nightmare my surgeon I am running out of patience with my condition now. do you guys know of any other people who have had this reaction to the sutches from this operation.

  9. Hi
    I’ve had Haglund’s on my right heel (very large bump) for years without thinking much but the last year I realised what it was as it had become painful - probably roller skating caused it to become inflamed. I’ve been treating it for over a month now with nightly caster oil patches and the bump is now the smallest it has been in years. I foresee another month or two of patches before it disappears. (Sixth months in total probably to be on the safe side). My mum and aunt have both successfully removed bone spurs using this method and it also seems to be working on the haglund’s.
    Initially the pain got worse for the first few weeks - guess it’s bound to as it dissolves but my heel is starting to feel like a normal heel again - it’s great. Worth the effort of the extra work every evening. :)

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