“Good” achilles and calf pain

October 26, 2011

I’m 4 weeks post surgery NWB and still in hard cast, hopefully that comes off at my next doc appointment in 2 days.  I’m quite active and adept on crutches and knee scooter.  Here’s my concern, by the end of the day my “good” achilles and calf hurts!  Sore, achy and occasionally sharp nerve pain.  I’ve taken to being very careful when moving, not twisting or stretching when planting my leg.  Anyone having the same experience? Needless to say I’ll discuss this with the doc when I see him.

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  • 1. fry199  |  October 26th, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    At your stage, I had a bit of soreness on the good leg too, but not sharp nerve pain. I was really conservative about my good leg, so I never pushed it. Once you get back on both feet, it will start going away.

  • 2. jabootee  |  October 26th, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    Glad you shared this, because I thought my “good” achilles was breaking down. I too have discomfort in it, which I never had before. I’m thinking I’m twisting with FWB of my body on my right ankle/heel and that achilles is taking abuse. There is no way I could do something with that one too…I mean, really, I would be in a wheel chair! Hope you feel better soon. You are not alone!

  • 3. king  |  October 28th, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    I get this same feeling, usually around the end of the day. It makes me a little nervous. I can just imagine my good achilles compensating for my entire body weight. I usually just sit down and raise my leg while playing games at the end of the day. Everything seems to be fine the next morning.

  • 4. jjniss  |  October 28th, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Well it’s nice to know I’m not alone in being concerned about the pain. And realizing it’s to be expected since one leg is doing double duty while we recover.

    There is one cautionary note I learned today about the likelihood of injuring the “good” achilles tendon. Apparently most ATR’s occur when there is some tendonitis in the achilles, and that can be a long term chronic condition. Not just the obvious tendonitis that is very painful, just the low level pain that comes and goes. And more to the point we learn to live with and ignore.

    Well, that can make us more susceptible to an achilles tear. Or to paraphrase the old joke, “just because you’re paranoid, doesn’t mean someone is not following you”. I’ve had soreness at the back of my ankles (aka achilles) when participating in rigorous sports most of my adult life. Lesson learned.

    So let’s all be prudent and learn to respect and deal with warning signs! But not let it be overwhelming, that of course is the challenge.

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