Two Years, Heel Spur, Haglund’s Deformity

I have spent the past two years fighting this left foot beast.  The first Dr. I saw gave me injections, heel lifts, night boot, and finally the cast for three months.  After the three months I found another Dr. that was local and he took the cast off, put me in a boot and then I had ESWT on my foot.  This was a very painful process (not enough numbing and it felt like someone was hitting my ankle bone with a hammer).  This process did not work - I gave it a year to get better and - yes sought another Dr.  This time I got a diagnosis of heel spurs causing tears in my achillies (there were now two of them) and Haglund’s Deformity.  I had surgery on December 9th 2008.  The took off the spurs, repaired the Haglund’s deformity and then reattached my achilles with three screws.  I spent two weeks in a splint, now I am in the second week of my cast with two more weeks to go.  I found this web site about four days after surgery and it has been the best thing on the web!  The information has been invaluable.  I am currently using a knee walker and I also have the shower protector.  I am going crazy not being able to be active like I used to be but I read your stories and know there is light at the end of the tunnel.  I just wish I was closer to it.  Again, thanks for all of the tips!

81 Responses to “Two Years, Heel Spur, Haglund’s Deformity”

  1. Hi thought I would leave you a note to wish you luck and tell you to keep your spirits up. I had this surgery on November 27, 2007. I was an active runner for years and also a racquetball player with that being my true love. My achilles got so bad that I had to stop running . I could play RB but was always in pain afterwards and could not walk for a mile without pain. After a few years and a few doctors and a lot of therapy (ice, night boot, walking boot, ultrasound, rest, etc etc). I finally found one that decided that the only cure was surgery. The recovery was long with a lot of ups and downs…I actually found a new exercise (rowing) which is now a major activity for me (www.concept2.com)..I actually started rowing with 1 leg and my arms once I got out of my cast and in walking boot which helped my mental state….now for the positve in June 2008 I climbed the half dome (it was very painful after the first six miles) and probably a bit ambitous since it was an 18 mile round trip with a climb to around 8900 feet see http://picasaweb.google.com/foleytim/YosemiteTrip . In August I played Gaelic football at the Nationals in Boston which I could never have done without the surgery and I am finally back to full strength in RB and have even run a bit…..morale of the story is that the recovery is long with a ton of PT but it was worth it for me.

  2. Tim Foley: Thanks for that positive report. It is so nice to read the success stories,

  3. I am on your same schedule with my heel spur removal on December 15th, 2008. I am now four weeks out and feeling very positive. I’ve been wearing an orthopedic boot since I left the hospital, but aggressively took it off around the house after two weeks. I was moving slowly and safely, but trying to maintain some strength and flexibility. This weekend (four weeks out) I wore athletic shoes and did some easy walking with my son at the park. There is pain from the weak muscles, but I haven’t had any scary, sharp pain and continue with increasing toe lifting and flexing. I had this surgery on my other foot about ten years ago. I’m 44 and play a lot of soccer. My heel spur was very large and painful and I can’t wait to get back to the soccer field. Good luck!

  4. Judy,

    I am Mike. I am 38 and have had similar symptoms in my rt. heel, which was diagnosed as Haglund’s. Prior to surgery I had gone from intermittent pain to constant pain. I have been on 6 months of conservative treatments: heel lifts, NSAID’s, cortizone, PT w/ ESTEM. All of these gave only temporary relief.
    I had been running 40-80 MPW until I began treatments 6 months ago.

    I had surgery the first week of Jan. and am currently in a knee cast. I had the bone shaved as well as the AT removed and reattached to heel using a screw.

    After 4 weeks (Feb. 3) I will have had my third knee cast removed and hopefully transitioning to an air cast and should be off crutches.

    When my Dr. removed the second cast, there was still swelling present adjacent to ankle but not as bad at the heel. I did have some spasms at night but these have decreased.
    I have heard that the recovery is longer when the AT is affected than an untouched AT. In certain cases, there are doctors who can preform Haglund’s surgery w/o cutting the A/T. I found this out after the fact.

    Best of luck in your recovery.

  5. Deborah, I had the same problem. I’m currently on crutches. I grab onto the railing and ‘hop’ up each step. Going down, I sit on steps and go down 1 step at a time carrying my crutches along side of me. It’s 12 stairs between floors.
    For the bathroom, your husband can install ’safety’ rails which are almost like a towel rack, but stronger. They are very easy to install and can find at Home Depot.
    Read my previous post with regard to pain and Haglunds. In most cases with other methods you can only get temporary relief, since added bone is root cause of problem. You may want to see if you need to have Achilles Tendon removed or if Dr. can remove bone without AT removal. If AT is undisturbed, recovery is much faster. X-rays and MRI will show this.
    I work on my feet and have had to select a time when I could take off from work for surgery, recovery and PT. This can vary depending on how much damage has been done to AT.
    I wish you well. I’ve heard of many people who have had successful Haglund’s recovery.

  6. well in 2008 i have sufferd from heel pain lots of pain and i went for cortizone injections 6 to be exact and the n the cast with many physio therapy and know after 1yr and a half still suffering really bad it sucks because i am bery athletic o r use to be know taking ESWT 3times already fn not working for me my so called dr says maybe after 4-5 sessions it may kick in yet these physios cost 200 a session

  7. i feel for you deeply it really hurts no one realizes that not even the doc no pain killers thats just funny to me do i have to h=get them of the street

  8. does any one know what i should do , after all im desperate

  9. whats haglunds

  10. I have just finished up with the 3rd cast, 6 weeks. I had Haglunds surgey with the AT removed and re-attached. I took my 1st steps unassisted and it was painful. PT starts next week. Can anyone who’s been through this tell me how long it takes to walk at least like normal? Please email me at jsouthe2@yahoo.com.

  11. Jeff, it sounds like you’re just a head of me. I’m now in my 2nd cast (walking cast) after having the back slab cast removed 3 weeks ago. I’ve been told that I’ll need this cast on for 6 weeks (so another 5 weeks to go!), although my surgeon hasn’t given me much information on the recovery side. I tried using my foot by placing some weight on it over the past two days, but now it’s slightly painful. I was wondering if there are any typical exercises that are required while in this cast or if I should remain from placing any weight on it whatsoever - any info would be gratefully received. I also would like to know how long after the cast removal it takes to get fully back to normal
    Steve.

  12. Steve, amazing how many of us there are. Was your spur on the back of your heel, tearing the Achilles at that point? Strange some surgeons call it Haglund’s and others just Achilles injury caused by bump on heel.
    I’d love to keep in touch. I’m scheduled for surgery at the end of September after a year of trying everything from steroid injections to the new wonder cure “PRP” Plasma Regeneration. It made it worse and cost me $2000. I have a great surgeon who has signed jerseys decorating his offices from all the sports stars he’s helped, but I’m nervous as hell to proceed!!
    He warned, “it’s a simple surgery with a very long and difficult recovery”.
    Since I’ve had surgery on my right knee and back surgery he stressed the danger of injuring other parts of my body while recovering.
    I have no idea what to expect with splints, casts and boots.
    He suggests I need to get around on a wheeling device supporting my good leg at the knee. I fear needing to hire someone to take care of me and also that I won’t bounce back as well as some of his sports and ballet star patients.
    Please tell me how you’re doing and what I should prepare for in the first few days and weeks. I’ve read horror stories on another site.
    Hope you’re doing well,
    mikael

  13. Jackie,

    Haglands (sp?) deformity..also called “pump bump” is when your heel bone is rubbing against the bursa sack located between your heel bone and Achilles. If not treated soon after discovering the problem, the bump on the back of your heel, which is bone calcification, becomes larger and more painful as times goes on.

    I had Haglands for approx 5 years and couldn’t find anything that helped the problem. I waited too long to address the problem and kept running and playing basketball on it. I tried cortisone shots (very bad idea..these shots will weaken the achilles..unfortunately I didn’t know that at the time), iceing, PT, custome orthodics & nothing worked.

    I did not want to have the operation whcih consist of lifting up the achilles, shaving down the bone, & reattching the achilles. I didn’t want to mess with the integrity of the achiiles.

    Well, approx 8 weeks ago, my achilles ruptured while I was trying to play basketball. It tore completely off the heel bone right where the Haglands was. Doc told me it was a direct result of the Haglands. He told me if the Haglands is not dealt with in a timely manner the bone calcification will work its way up the Achilles and cause micro tears in the achilles tendon.

    Looking back, I wish I would have gotten the operation to fix the haglands to begin with. Doc operated and fixed the achilles tendon and shved down the haglands while he was in there. Said he can’t guarantee that I will get back 100%

    Words of advice: DON’T get cortisone shots in the heel & don’t let the condition linger too long. If you ahve tried numerous things and nothing is working go get the operation before it causes the achilles to rupture like mine did.

    Good luck!

  14. Kevin, Jackie, Mikael,

    I had this surgery (along with some other procedures) done on both of my legs. Unfortunately I waited for the full rupture on one leg before I addressed it too. I am still doing some healing as my surgeries were 13 months and 7 months ago (and 3 years ago on the rupture) but over all I am already REALLY happy with my results. I think it is a really good idea to take care of it before there is a rupture. Out of my two feet, the one that I previously ruptured is the worst of the two. I also had my Achilles’ lengthened and that has helped with a few other problems including a low back thing. (They can actually be related!) Anyway, I hope you all are feeling better soon.

  15. Smish, Thanks for the comments. They put me in a boot pre-op and it caused major back and medial glut pain. I’ve had back surgery and am dedicated to keeping a strong core to stabilize my back.
    Therefore I fear a 6 month to 12 month period of inactivity,after the achilles-spur surgery.
    I can see how the Achilles and the back are related as you confirm.
    I appreciate your encouragement and hope you recover 100%.

  16. Kevin, I appreciate your report. I did exactly as you with the encouragement of some doctors. Try steroid injections, try heel lifts,
    use nsaid gels, and finally PRP. Each has worsened the Achilles pain.
    One year ago I couldn’t run, now I can’t walk! So I face the the surgery
    and am really concerned about post-op care, since I’m alone and it sounds like I will confined to leg up flat on my back.
    I’d appreciate any advice. My surgeon is so busy he’s not giving me much TLC.
    Thanks for your words!!

  17. Mikael,
    I would be surprised if you had to stay inactive for 6-12 months. I was able to do quite a bit after my left (non-ruptured side) surgery at 4 months. You should still be able to do a lot of the core stabilizing exercises too. When I was in the boot, it really helped my back to wear a shoe on the other side that matched the height of the boot. Thanks for your well wishes and 100% happy healing to you to.

  18. Smish, Thanks for your inspiration. I’m glad I found you. Does a walker with a wheel on my good leg, resting on my knee make sense to you?
    The doc said he’s concerned about my injuring my back and shoulder tear with crutches.
    Were your injuries all sports related? My achilles and heel started blowing up when I was recovering from knee surgery on the other leg and using one crutch.
    Were you bed bound for the first 2 weeks with leg lifted high? How did you deal? I guess I need a nurse!!
    Hope you continue to improve:) Where are you? The NYC streets are not a good place to try out my one wheeler:(
    Best, Mikey

  19. Mikey,

    I am not sure what you are describing when you say “one wheeler” but I strongly recommend that you get a roll-a-bout instead of crutches. It changes everything. We bought one off of craigslist because we knew I would need it for several months. You can also rent them and some insurance companies are starting to cover it.
    My Achilles problems were structure related as well as sports related. My doc said that I probably would have had the same thing happen in my 60’s but all of the running and plyometrics I have done kind of forced it to hit late 30’s (although the whole ordeal started in my late 20’s). What about you?
    The first few weeks after the surgeries were not fun. I got out when I could but I stayed down most of the time. Having the roll-a-bout helped me to be able to do a few things for myself. I also finally invested in a really nice rubber suit like shower cover for my leg so that I could take showers. (Dry Pro by Dry Corp 388-337-2724) That was nice to have as well. I had a lot of help at home so I didn’t have to worry about too much.
    My rupture surgery was during the 2006 men’s World Cup so I watched that for entertainment. My second surgery (July 2008) was right before the Olympics so I used that for entertainment. My third surgery was at the end of January 2009. I had to get creative for entertainment at that time so I got a couple of Wii games where you have to build up a town or farm and played those. I recommend you plan something you can do that will divert your attention from the circumstances. Daytime TV is just not my bag.
    I am in Colorado. I would imagine being slow moving in the streets of New York might be a bad thing. Do you have to stay working? What did you have done to your knee and back?
    I did a lot of cooking and freezing right before the surgery. It was nice to go to the freezer, pull something out, and put it in the crock pot or microwave. Another thing I did was I had a set of crutches for every level of my house. That was if I needed to get to a different level, I didn’t have to cart my crutches up and down the stairs although I stayed on the main level with the roll-a-bout most of the time.
    Are you having both legs done or just one? What is the date of your surgery? I will try to think of more things that might help you. I got pretty good at the whole routine after 3.

    -Smish

  20. Smish,

    Thank you so much your empathy and friendship. Colorado !! I went to
    CU in Boulder. By chance did the famous surgeon Steadman do your surgeries? I’ve known dancers and athletes who went out to his facility.
    Maybe my surgeon meant a roll about. He explained by bending one of his legs at the knee and said I’d have one leg like that and it had a wheel, as a choice over crutches. He’s such a dynamo that many of his statements leave me confused. I really am not fond of most surgeons and have never had a completely successful outcome. My back was the first to go.
    I was a runner and when I was going through a divorce, I ran to clear my head for the future. First I ruptured the disc L4-L5. I was paralyzed for months. I was working in North Carolina then and luckily a great neurosurgeon happened to be at my local hospital. He was preparing to operate, when he suggested perhaps I’d have a better support system up in NYC. He sent me to NY Hospital. They explained that if I took 6 months to try and work through the pain, I might be as successful as the surgery. I did it with Pilates. I became an addict, everyday 3 hour workouts. I’ve never been in better shape.
    Eventually L3-L4 and L5-S1started to blow. So I had 3 vertebrae sitting on each other crookedly, causing nerve pain. 10 years ago I had surgery by a neurosurgeon cleaning up the ruptured discs. An Orthopedic surgeon had warned that I needed a fusion with titanium and bones replaced. The recovery time was hellish and I feared for my job. Unfortunately the neurosurgery didn’t do it. I was pain free for a month but in PT a horrible pain in my medial glut started and never really left. Thus my vertebrae are unstable, so pain is my best friend.
    No I don’t have to worry about work this time I lost my job along with10% of Americans. In fact I did the Meniscus knee surgery last year when I knew I was going to be unemployed and needed to run again to recover from the insult and hurt I felt and be strong to move on.
    Well I told you, I had a horrible long recovery and at one point they said I had re-torn it. 3 weeks after the knee surgery I started feeling the new pain in the opposite heel/achilles. My surgeon said not to worry it was a spur and to wear clogs. Wrong!! So I spent a year going to Podiatrists: heel inserts, gels, pills and finally a great pain management doctor, who gives me epidural steroids for my back.He tried a shot of steroid. It worked for 3 months, came back and I begged him for more. 2nd made it worse. By the time I found my foot surgeon I couldn’t walk without pain. He did PRP, where they inject my achilles with my own plasma and it’s supposed to regenerate the tendon etc. 6 days after, it felt like someone hit my heel with a hammer.
    So he said surgery. I’ve gained 20 lbs. over the year from lack of cardio and depression.
    My back is really messed up because of the limp and trying the boot. My left leg is longer too. Every word you’ve written is so important to me. It’s like you know my body!!
    I hope the surgeon knows how to get me the roll about and my insurance pays. I wish I had a big house like you but I own a studio apartment too much like a prison cell. I don’t love daytime television either. I too love to follow the Olympics and The Tour de France. I get so sick from the usual pain meds, Vicodin and percocet. I’m hoping I can get something like Dilaudit for the first couple of days.
    It’s 2:45 AM and couldn’t resist writing you the minute I found your message.I’ve taken to massaging it with vaseline like the guy who posted on here. And trying all sorts of little exercises just to see if I can cancel the surgery. Just kidding!
    I need to find some nurse or assistant to take care of me! I think I need to buy some railings for shower/bath so I don’t kill myself .
    Six weeks of sponge baths? No !
    We should write a book. I want to give you my e-mail and phone but don’t want to intrude on your privacy.
    I think you’re awesome, needless to say !

    -Mike

  21. Mike,
    Wow! You have really been through a lot the last few years. You must be a strong person because I still detect the spunk in you by the way you told your story. You will have no problem fighting your way through this next surgery.
    I did not use Steadman Hawkins. My insurance is different but the surgeon I had for my last 2 surgeries was AMAZING. I wouldn’t trade him for anybody else.
    I almost went up to Boulder on Friday to watch a soccer game. It was Buffs vs. Denver University. I have a player that I trained playing for CU and I wanted to see her play. Unfortunately I also had 4 players on a field playing in Seattle at the same time so I stayed in front of my computer to watch that. What did you major in at CU? I can’t believe you left Colorado. It is so beautiful here and going to CU I am sure you got use to looking at that mountain range up there.
    Have you ever spent much time on a recumbent exercise bike? My sweet hubby got me one right after my first surgery and it has been a life saver for me. They are really nice for people with back issues because you have a chair with full back support to sit in while you pedal. Maybe you could get one of those for your apartment as well. Again, it was a life saver to be able to get on that thing and break a sweat and know I wasn’t going to damage my legs or tweak my back again.
    I know what you mean about the pain meds. They were a necessary evil for me for quite a while. I was soooo relieved when I got them all out of my system but I took them as long as I needed them. My doctor gave me a vicodin and dilauded combo for the first week post-op and then I went down to just the vicodin. My doctor also had me take the dilauded for a day, a few days before the surgery to make sure I could take them before I had the pain of the surgery. He didn’t want me to have a bad reaction to them and then have to scramble for something else all while I was in terrible pain. I thought that was rather thoughtful.
    It’s good with me to exchange e-mail. I have a few friends from this blog that I keep in regular contact with on it. Somehow they were able to get my address from the blog. I guess I should ask how that worked.
    What is your surgery date?

    -Smish

  22. Smish, Thanks for your feedback. I wish I could fit a recumbent bike into my studio!!. I have no experience with it at the gym, since if forced to bike I always preferred the racing bike position for an aggressive workout.I’ve had to resort to that instead of treadmill, but now even the pressure on the pedal on the left foot makes the achilles worse. I’m hoping that the place I go for PT has one. Thanks for confirming that you used Dilaudit,i.e. morphine like pills work the best.
    I have October 15th date, but have asked to move it forward to September 21, 23, or 28th, because I am getting weaker and losing muscle by the day. Your doctor sounds great. NYC isn’t the best for care.
    Have a great Sunday,
    -Mikey

  23. Smish you must be a trainer or coach. I tried the recumbent bike at the
    gym today. I causes no foot pain and gets my heart rate up.
    I swear since going on this blog and another devoted to this surgery I’ve learned so much. I’ve been massaging my heel and achilles with vaseline like the guy suggested on the other site. I’ve been doing lots of figure 8’s with my foot in the air, my leg extended at right angle to my torso….as suggested in another post. I’m afraid to say I feel more in control of my pain than in the past 4 weeks. Maybe I’m fixing it? Not possible right? I want to ask my gym if they’d like to sell me an old bike.
    Thanks again for your insight,
    Mike

  24. I have had the surgery three times, twice on my right foot and once on my left. The first two times, once on each foot, were done by a podiatrist. Never again. The second surgery on the right foot was done by an orthopedic surgeon. It’s been just over four months and it’s finally starting to feel better! I can walk down the stairs like normal first thing in the morning…for the first time in years. PT is a pain (literally) but I am religiously going twice a week and following the stretching program.
    I joke that if this doens’t work I’m having a chain saw accident and getting prosthetic feet. the foot pain has negatively afected my life for so long.
    I was in the Infantry for a decade, doctor agrees that it was probably a factor-lol, probably…..anyway, about 15 years of pain and finally this last surgery seems to be doing the trick. Doc says 6-8 months to really notice a difference, up to a year or more for full recovery.
    God luck to all of you dealing with this, it is not fun.

  25. Thanks for the news Tim :)
    God I can’t imagine years of this. One year and it has taken over my life.
    Funny you mentioned walking downstairs like a normal person. I dealt with NYC subway stairs yesterday in rush hour and have reached the
    point of accepting I can’t descend stairs anymore. I am having surgery Sept.28 or Oct. 15 and so nervous about turning to jello and home care.
    I agree about Podiatrists. I’m using an Orthopedic surgeon who works on mostly athletes and dancers foot injuries.
    My shoulder is torn too but am choosing to do the achilles/heel spur surgery first.
    Thanks for your words,
    mike

  26. mikael
    I have just read your post, you might want to re think your order of operation, If you have the Achilles spur operation first, how will you get around on crutches, with a torn sholder. After 8 weeks, I have multiple problems with wrists, back but shoulders take most of the work, all recovering now. A knee wheelie seems to be an option for you, some people on this site hire them, ask or look for the link, to forgo busting your shoulder up completely. Other wise, you might end up in bed for 3 Months, after which you will be made completely out of jello! not good.
    Lee

  27. Leech, Forgot to ask about you! Did you have the Haglund’s spur on back of heel cutting into your Achilles?? How bad were you before surgery?
    How long has it been? Did you depend on running and moving aerobic
    exercise?
    Are you Lee of the Lee blog? I called you Lee in my response but meant it 4 u :)
    Mikael

  28. Alright, it looks like I get to part-take of this fun. After nine years (yes that is years) of having these annoying things on the back of my heel I think I’ve given them enough time to heal over time. I’ve done it all, PT, some funny little electro-shock (felt like licking a 9-volt on my heel) pad, shoe inserts, stretches (which usually makes the heel feel worse the next day), night boot and massage therapy and they all worked great,,, until the next time I was active which was usually the next day. I know when I’m going to have a bad day, the day after carrying or pulling something heavy (like golf bag, sports bag or my youngest to bed when she falls asleep on the couch, was really fun the few days after movign with all those boxes to carry), using a ladder or,really anytime I have to use my calf extensively. The other day I was winding up a cord and the plug whipped around and nailed me in the heel bump. I was down for about five minutes and could barely use the foot for the rest of the day.

    I figure winter is a good time to do this since there is a break in the sports I coach. So here is my big question; It looks like I would be looking at near two months of limited movement and a couple months after that of cautious movemets, but I live on a bicycle now. Any of you know if that is a no-no after surgery?

    And if any of you have advice on questions to ask potential docs I would appreciate it.

    Oh, and have any of you had this. I feel a pressure pain high in the calf (have been told this may be part of the problem. on bad days it feels like there is a baloon in my calf trying to expand against the muscle.

  29. Shouldn’t have scrolled so fast, I missed there was already a Kevin posting. Think of me as Kevin2.

  30. Hi Kev2, Where are you? I only know surgeons in NYC and there’s a famous one with a clinic out in Colorado. I do know that your calf is reacting to your achilles injury. My Sports foot surgeon even explained that in some cases they operate on the calf to correct the achilles. I experience the interaction with calf if I try to do assisted calf raises on the bad foot.
    About the bike: Since pushing the pedal flexes the foot it would not be a good idea. Smish on this blog suggested to me a stationary recumbent bike. I tried it at the gym and it’s good because there’s much less movement of foot from neutral. Of course I haven’t had surgery yet.
    I’d gladly give you the surgeons names. I don’t know if it’s a good idea on the blog page . Just tell me if you want to phone or e-mail and I’d be happy to exchange .
    Best to you,
    Mikael
    p.s. Do you have heel spur tearing your achilles or achilles tear without spur?

  31. oh, they are two big spurs on the back of my heel. Today is a better day that most (steps are about 3/4 normal/pre-pain) but that could change (sometime down to less than half a normal step). The bike I have is a recumbant bike, because of the foot pain the bike is about the only physical activity I get right now, use to be raquetball and gym time but two hours playing raquetball and weights led to 5-6 hours at home icing the heels.

    I’m way over here in California so I don’t think your docs will help. But if you have any advice on ??’s or things I should look out for let me know. I’ll probably try to set things for the end of October and hop that things will be better when the weather turns nice and before spring Baseball.

    I am hoping that a quick but into the calves and a shaving of the heel spurs will solve the problem. When I try to stretch the tendon it feel like a knife about three inches below the knee. One doc said it could be a knot that formed and decided to stay. If that is true maybe just something can be done to straighten out those muscles. Still need the heels taken care of though, tired of wearing holes in the back of my walkng shoes.

  32. Kev2, I just erased a long response to by mistake, so again:
    I picked now because I too think winter would be a good time to
    rehab. Yes your calf is very much involved in your achilles in fact my sports surgeon spoke of going into my calf to release the achilles, however he will do the classic surgery. I get strange cramps in lower calf when I try calf raises on bad foot. Is your’s a spur on back of heel tearing your achilles? Have you ever seen x-rays of it? You are far more mobile than I am. I limp now and can’t go down stairs, normally. When I get to the gym I do lots floor/mat work for the core as well as lots of leg circles and foot flex and points and figure 8’s. I’d be happy to give my surgeon info but don’t know if that’s proper on this blog. If I knew your e-mail or phone I’d be happy to exchange info. I’m in NYC.
    About the bike I would think that you’d over flex your foot against the pedal. Apparently keeping a neutral foot is part of the recovery.
    I tried the recumbent bike at the gym and you can control your foot flexion much better.
    Feel free to ask more or put a contact on here so we can chat.:)
    Mikael ( there’s a mike on here not me, so I’m mikael or mikey)

  33. Sorry for the 2 msg. It said it wasn’t sent. Sounds like you know more than I do about it all. I just know that people ask if I really am prepared to have my achilles cut and reattached with a screw to my shaved heel!!
    The PAIN and I don’t have a big family like yours to look after me. I’m trying to find some home care since it sounds as if the first weeks I should be on my back with leg in the air. That would mean no shower or food unless I had help.
    I’m sure you’ve got great sports surgeons in California. I love it out there. Here It’s hard to find a surgeon who knows how to relate on a personal level. Mine is so busy I feel lost, that’s why I resorted to searching the web.
    Happy to connect whenever. I’m Oct.12th at the moment, just moved it from Sept. 28th.

  34. mikael, I have had three x-rays taken of my heels over the years showing a slow growth. I don’t know if the tendon is tearing but at times it feels like someone stuck a fork in my heel and twisted. During bad times I have to side step to go anywhere just to avoid bending the heel too far.

    A couple years ago I bought one of those calf massagers hoping that would help. Where the knot formed feels like someone using the dull side of a butter knife to cut in on both sides.

    I do understand what one of the poster meant by the chainsaw accident. Every so often, usually after golf I start thinking a hammer to the heel could at least overload the nerves and I’d find a momentary relief. After nine years I’m so use to the pain I can only descibe it in terms of stiffness to the docs outside of the waking up and taking three hours to get near normal mobility back. The stairs have been getting worse lately, about halfway to the next step is when the fork twists in the heel so I am half stepping half falling to the next step.

  35. Kevin,You mean descending stairs right? Because I’ve given up trying to do it normally. I do it now as if I had a cast on the bad foot and only use the good foot. I’ve been home for 2 days recovering from all day appointments uptown and trying to overcome pain by walking and using subway, like a masochist. I also took 1/2 of vicodin pill but codeine makes me so sick in the stomach and woozy the next day. I’m also massaging my heel with vaseline 3 x a day, deeply and with great pain in both heel and fingers. It helps a little. It’s like you wanting a hammer in heel. It feels good when I stop. I know what you mean about being so used the pain. I’ve had 3 ruptured discs and surgery on my back . I am so used to dealing with the pain that I can’t even describe or know what I’m feeling. The heel is keeping me from doing all the activity that keeps my back strong too. I’ve gained 20 lbs. in the year. You talk about playing golf there’s no way I could stand that long. It feels more bearable when I’m in motion forward. If I stand too long, I give up trying to walk to the gym.
    I love the way you say falling to the next step. Exactly the same for me that’s why I’ve gone to the imposed limp down the stairs.
    Keep up the rap, please!!

  36. Yup, it is going down the stairs. This morning the dog was barking (sleeps in my kids room) to go outside. I let him out of the room and he darted down the stairs. I hit them and started debating if letting the dog go pee at the back door was worth not having to go down the stairs at 4:00 in the morning. It wasn’t but still took me about 30 secs to go 12 steps. Biggest step I could take when I was down was just beyond heel to toe. I use to have a 5 1/2 ft pace (from left foot heel to next left foot heel) now my normal pace is around 4 ft and in the morning about 18 inches. I had a Forest Land Measurements class in College where I had to know my pace.

    I haven’t been doing the pain meds except for the occasional PM so I can sleep after a bad day. For a while I was doing the max strength advils and Tylenol but when I hit 8 a day I decided I’d rather deal with the pain than have to take that many drugs.

  37. You know, suprisingly I was at a fitness resort this summer (It was spectacular and something I highly recommend to everyone) and after five days there I realized my heels weren’t hurting. This was with 49 miles biking, two long morning hikes, fitness classes that kicked this former jocks butt and at least an hour in the pool a day.

    I was wondering if it was the pool time that aided in the pain free time or the euphoria of all the excercise or the being to exhausted to feel the pain.

  38. Kev, I wrote msg that got lost somehow. I am so sure if I could go to your fitness camp or my favorite place to swim in the Caribbean I would be better off. I feel that way after 4 hours at the gym and lying out on the deck. The walk back home brings me back to reality. The blood flow is good. I could never hike at this point or bike. Sometimes if I’m feeling pumped at the gym, I’ll try little shuffle steps, like soccer warm-up and can do it! Up on the balls of the feet. Then to my horror, I’ve done damage, when I try walking home.
    Interesting the expression about our “Achilles Heel” man’s vulnerable spot. I’ve found my Achilles pain has impacted me right up to my butt.
    My back pain refers right to my left glut and the heel is causing great pain up there, no wonder it gets your big calfs.
    I hate indoor pools so haven’t tried swimming. So sounds like we both
    would be able to forget the surgery if we could live in a fitness environment or live by the warm caribbean sea.

  39. Mikael
    Sorry for the slow reply, In answer to your questions. No I did not you have the Haglund’s spur on back of heel.

    How bad were you before surgery? About 20 years before my ATR I had a Industrial accident, which was I think miss diagnosed as soft tissue damage, when it was more like a minor rupture (I know now). Up until now, I have had a yoyo-ing of pain and discomfort that has on many occasions prevented me from walking. On my every attempt with the NHS, in the early days, I was fobbed off as a sprain or twisted ankle by doctors. It will be a relief for me In the coming months, to see if things have finally been put back to normal.
    How long has it been? Post opp 9 weeks on Saturday.
    Did you depend on running and moving aerobic
    exercise? No I have struggled to do any Exercise due to the previous accident. For five years I have even carried a walking stick in the boot of my car, just in case the pain in the heel comes on when I am outside, so I don’t get stranded.
    Are you Lee of the Lee blog? Not sure on this, I am leech1050, have a look at my blog to be sure.
    And yes, that’s 20 years of padded insoles on shoes, to much running always ends in pain, mindful of people knocking my foot which would also end in discomfort. I can tell you I have my fingers crossed for a cure to all of this and more.
    Lee

  40. Kev2, How are you doing? Did you make a surgery date? I have October 12th. Exchanging experience with you has been consoling. I am actually winning over my pain by seeing it has something I can work-on and strengthen the area. I wrote you I was thinking that the massage was working and I’ve been challenging my walking and foot control . I have worn the same Nike shox instead of experimenting with my other pairs, because they have the highest heel.
    I know that I should do surgery for my future, but your story of fitness camp and sports perspective to dealing with the pain has given me
    a challenge to the master my foot. I go to massage it now before
    breakfast. Hope we can have a continued bi-coastal contact.

    Mikael

  41. i originally had the surgeryn with achilles tendon reattachment about 10 yrs ago on both feet (five weeks apart). i was in a non weight bearing cast for five weeks then a walking cast for three additional weeks. due to the fact that both feet were in cast for a period of time, i was in a wheelchair most of my recovery. i have recently had a recurrence in my right foot and had the surgery again. this surgery also involved the achilles tendon and the dr did a tendon transfer from the tendon in my big toe. i was 6 weeks in a non weight bearing cast, then 3 weeks in a boot. i am still walking with a cane and limping, but getting better daily.

  42. Since 2008 I have had pain in the back of my heel, prohibiting much walking. I went to one doctor and he prescribed an herbal cream, helped immediately with pain, but didn’t help with the source of the pain, a heel lift, cold compresses, heel lifts, stretching and such. Of course none of that eliminated the problem. Sept. 9, 2009 I had surgery on my AT and the heel shaved as well as a calcium growth removed. I don’t think the AT was detached, at least that is what my husband said the doc told him. I am on my third cast, and my 6th week of no weight bearing. For a woman that is up at 5 am and in bed by 11 pm, who is always active this has been a real learning experience. I have been in a wheel chair but most of the time, in bed or recliner with my foot elevated above my heart. Knitting, reading and anything else I can do with my hands has occupied a lot of my time. I am praying for a walking cast when I go back Tuesday of next week. I know it isn’t being set free, but, it will give me a little mobility. The light at the end of the tunnel? When it is over, I will be able to walk my 4 miles a day again, and work my garden and yard and get back to construction on our home. Through it all, I am blessed with a wonderful husband that has supported me through this and then some.
    Good luck to all that are faced with this surgery. I have learned to be content.

  43. I am active duty in the Navy right now and have been having these issues since march. I had surgery in last december to have a spare bone removed called the os trigonum and recovered a head of plan to start having pain in my heels. I was told yesterday by a podiatrist that I have Haglund’s Deformity in both ankles and worse in my left. The surgery is 100% elective at this point and my surgeon who did the surgery who is a orthopedist told me the pain will go away on its own and advises against surgery. I am concerned that I will tear my tendon like many of you have unless I have the surgery now. It would be one foot, recover, than the other foot, and than recover from both. A very long process and so I do not now what is in my best interest. I know I would never be the same, but the only way I can control the pain now is to just not perform high impact activity and also certain leg exercise’s. I am only 24 years old and really do not want to be seperated medically from the military and than have my tendon tear like you guys did. If any of you could let me know what would be in my best interest I would greatly appreciate it, since you’ve been through it. I also was told that if I get orthotics I will counter the pain and fix my issues but wont be able to do high impact activity.

  44. I have a question for you guys.

    I’ve recently started getting more active, and started doing a martial arts. Well, since I started doing it, I started developing what my doc thinks is halgunds deformity on one ankle. the thing is, it only hurts after I work out (the morning after) though its recently been progressing to…hurting during practice, right after practice, and several days later. However, when I stop it gets tremendously better (though it hasnt been entirely better this last time I tried to rest it). Actually I never truly gave it much time to rest…maybe a week or so off, or decreased time in the martial arts…but as soon as I go back to the marital art in comes back.

    It is getting worse (the more I do the marital art) and these past two weeks, (when I haven’t done the martial art) its been getting better, but it still is sore or hurts a tad during the day when walking a lot.

    My doc thinks I should have surgery. I’m super skeptical about it. I’m only 25!! Plus, my martial art has a higher than average rate of achilles rupture injuries (or rather, thats the major injury that occurs) and won’t having this surgery increase the chancces that that will happen one day?

    How do I know if I really should have this surgery, or if my doc is just too ready to go and do it? (hes a orthopedic surgeon, btw…but he kinda told me that he’s a new doctor…)

    I’d feel silly getting the surgery if I really don’t need it…

  45. Can anyone help?

    I had surgery for Haglund Deformity 2 weeks ago and today i got my stitches and bandage removed. The surgeon told me to stop using my crutches from now on, only problem is that it is just too painful to do so.

    My foot and leg have lost all their strength, my heel aches and there is a prickly, pins and needles sensation with any weight on it.

    Are these sensations normal? considering this is my first time standing on my foot since having it elevated for 2 weeks.

    I am worried, as having suffered foot pain for years, i have lost so much positivity in myself. Sometimes i wonder if i will ever regain my freedom from pain again.

    Any comments would help. thank you.

  46. Lyn,
    I recommend you start your own blog here and post the same question. As it is, you are hijacking someone else’s post.

    That said, the sensations of pain you describe are not that uncommon, at least I had all of them after I got to be FWB. You don’t say if you’re wearing a boot or a cast or nothing. If you’re in a boot, I recommend getting a good arch support and taping it to your foot to hold it in place since the boot is much wider than your foot. This may help, but maybe not. I experienced heel pain and I believe I’ve seen others here who have also.

  47. GerryR

    Thanks for pointing out the point about the posting on this blog. I’m new to this and i am sorry if i have offended anyone. I came across this site after searching for a long time for information and more importantly, people with similar experiences. (i’m still not quite sure how blogs and posting works, but i’m sure i’ll figure it out)

    Thanks for the info.

  48. Lyn,
    I doubt you offended anyone, but it is always better to have your own “space” as you are likely to get more and better answers to any questions you might have.

  49. Hello All…

    I’m hoping anyone with some insight or similar situation could get in touch with me. I had surgery for Haglund’s on my left achilles in the summer of 2008. The surgery went well… recovery was about 3-4 months and I was back to normal activity. Since I also suffered from Haglund’s on my right achilles, I had similar surgery in July 2009. Over Labor Day weekend, I had what my doctor called “an undissolved suture” break through the skin on my heel over the surgical incision. It’s now January 2010 and I’ve had an open wound on my heel ever since. I’ve now seen a wound specialist, who’s recommending the use of a bariatric oxygen chamber to enhance healing, while my surgeon wants to re-do the procedure because of the likelihood that the hardware from the surgery is contaminated. If this had happened with my first Haglund’s surgery, I doubt I would have had the second. If anyone has had any similar experiences, it would be great to hear about them. Thanks!

  50. Hi there - my wife is planning on having surgery for Hanglund and she also has a partial tendon tear.

    Can somebody recommend a good surgeon in NYC?

    Mikael, I’ve seen that you’re from NYC and it looks like you already had your surgery here. I’d really appreciate if you could drop me a line and let me know who your surgeon was.
    (andrei dot berechet at gmail dot com)

    Thanks for your help.
    Andrei

  51. Andrei,
    I just had an appointment with Dr. Kennedy, an orthopedic foot specialist at HSS here in NYC. He was recommended by a friend of mine who was a surgical patient and had a good outcome. I did my homework beforehand and I was quite impressed with his knowledge and demeanor. He suspects I may have Haglund’s with some micro tears of the Achilles. I was sent for an MRI and I am awaiting the reading in a few days. Dr. Kennedy may try PRP intially, although he acknowledges that a recent Dutch study published in JAMA found that it did not work for treatmemt of Achilles tendinosis. His own experience with PRP, anecdotely, was 70%-80% successful. I will post again if I in fact have Haglund’s and I will let you know what the plan is. Good luck.
    -George

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  55. Looking for anyone who has this in common……..I just had Achilles debridement, Haglunds removal and Plantar debridement seven days ago. It all started several years ago when my daughter was sick and I spent a lot of time wandering the halls of the cancer ward at the Cleveland Clinic. I developed heel pain. The pain got progressively worse and it was far worse in my right foot than my left foot. The pain continued to worsen as did my daughter’s illness. I promised my wife that when Chelsey’s illness as corrected, I would seek out a Podiatrist to deal with the heel thing.

    In January 2008 I saw a Podiatrist for the first time. He diagnosed me with Plantar Faciatus and prescribed a regime of treatment that included the night splint, orthotics, shock wave therapy and finally cortisone injections (all over a period of two years). The good news is that the shock wave therapy appeared to work for my left foot, but my right foot continued to suffer. I was getting cortisone injections every month or so for over a year and the relief became more and more temporary. I was at the end of my rope….almost unable to stand up in the morning to go down the hall to the bathroom. Anytime I tried to stand after sitting I entered a whole new world of pain.

    After a second opinion by another podiatrist, and then a third by an Orthopedic Surgeon, I decided it was time to have the surgery. So, here I sit, completely bummed, not sure if I made the correct decision. The truth is, I really had to make this decision. I couldn’t deal with the constant pain.

    Now I’m worried about the outcome. The doctor told me there is a 60% chance that this will help me. My questions to him was “What happens if I’m in the other 40%?” He didn’t answer.

    So, I am looking for anyone with similar problems who may have already had the surgery and can give me some hope…….or a dose of reality.

    Thanks,

    Rocco

  56. Surgery for Plantar Fasciitis or something else? And I doubt you’ll find a surgeon who will give you better odds. When I had to go to a plastic surgeon because my original incision wouldn’t close, he said he was 60-70% sure it would work and what was going to do is a pretty simple procedure. No matter how routine a procedure is, every person is unique and everyone’s body reacts differently. And that doesn’t even count for plain old luck, good or bad.

  57. Andrei-
    How are you? I wrote you just today. I know O’ Malley is the best,
    but I’ve tried to heal myself after he did PRP on my Spur/Achilles tear.
    You’ve got my e-mail if you’re interested.

  58. So I am reading all this and Now I am aware of this and frankly scars me to death… I am looking for the results of PRP injections and just got my MRI today.
    mine isn’t bad yet moderate now but soon wont be from all the findings here i have read so any help would be appreciated

  59. John M,
    Yes this is scary. I’ve been dealing for 2 years. Had PRP from great foot Sports surgeon but it made the bone spur/tendon tears/ haglund’s worse!!
    He explained how surgery is simple: little cut of the achilles tendon to allow access for bone spurs removal and sewing back tendon. The difficult part is the proper recovery care. I put off surgery because I’m living alone and I would have needed daily help for weeks and more.
    I’ve been massaging the heel often and doing assisted calf raises and
    ankle rotations to strengthen weakened lower leg on Injured foot.
    Be glad to talk to you,
    Mikael

  60. Can any of you who have gone through the surgery comment on whether your bone spur regrew? How long after the surgery did that happen? What did you do then? Alma

  61. Has anyone had your bonespur returned after you had the surgery? How long did it take for the bonespur to grow back? What did you do then? Alma

  62. how much is the surgery to have haglund’s deformity corrected?

  63. It has now been over three months since my surgery, which included plantar debridement, haglund’s repair (they removed 3′4″ of the heal after they removed the spur) and disconnecting the achilles at the calf, removing it, debriding it and then re-inserting and reattaching it with two screws in my heal.

    I had SO much pain for SO long before the surgery. Three days after the surgery I took myself off all pain meds. I haven’t had ANY foot pain since. Yes, the wounds sites have been sore from the trauma of the surgery, but absolutely no achilles or heel pain!!!

    I was taken off crutches just last week and now am free to walk about, as tolerated, in my boot/cast. Yes I still hate the cast and have it for another month, but I really hated crutches.

    Walking in the boot causes no pain, just irritation at the heel. My foot does ache at the end of the day, but it’s only been seven days without crutches. Even my incisions (three) look great, I’ve had no problems with them at all. I am in P.T. three times a week.

    So far I consider my operation to be a success. Only time will tell if it reaaly is, but it is so great to not have the foot pain I suffered with for so long!!!

  64. Quite a story, Rocco! Worth a blog of its own, I’d say! Looks like a success story so far, as you say. Keep healing and recovering (and posting), and continued good luck!

  65. I had my 4th surgery May 28th,2010. The 3rd on my right heel. Yes the bone can grow back.
    The recovery this time has been the worst, After 3 months I am still in the walking boot dealing with pain now caused by attrophy. I know this will all go away after much work & P.T.
    I am now feeling pain in my left heel after 5 yrs post op.
    I know the bone is growing back, however the recovery time seems like a nite mare to me right now.
    Has anyone else had multiple surgeries?

  66. I had the surgery mid-July. Achillies cut into, anchor screws and ties to reconnect it after the bone spur was shaved off. I had broken part of the bone spur off and it was irritating the tendon. I am on week 8 of post surgery. Had 3 plaster casts thus far. Am in removable cast now. Still not allowed to put down yet. I have bought a Free Spirit Knee Walker/Scooter. It has been a LIFESAVER. I live in a one story house and can go in any room in the house. My husband build a ramp into our garage so I can go out into the garage or down the drive to the mailbox. Otherwise, he pushes me in a wheelchair. I chose to go ahead with the surgery this season due to the extreme heat outside and would be inside most of the time anyway. I love fall so was hoping to be walking and able to get outside in the fall. I am in much better spirits now. I have had my crying spells, pity parties and the cabin fever attacks. My husband is good to take me for rides in the car with me in the back seat with my leg propped up on pillows. I am SO ready to be able to walk and start the therapy. It is very depressing to be so dependant on another human for everything. However, he has been marvelous!! I think after this is all over, I will be a VERY nice person…thankful for the ability to walk, drive, help others and go outside and see the beauties of nature. Friends have been so good to me and brought so much food. The lack of exercise has caused me to gain probably at least 15 pounds in 2 months. I have been confined to the bed or couch for 8 weeks with my leg propped up and on ice. I can now take off the removable cast to practice some flexing of the foot several times a day, but I put it right back on for fear of reinjuring it. That would be devastating! I am following doctor’s orders to the tee. I want to be well and back to normal. I’ve had a marvelous surgeon and am thankful for his expertise in this field.

  67. Help. I still have pain and stiffness in the back of my anchell. I had the haylund surgery in jan. 2010 and went the whole distance with the cast, scooter, and boot.
    Six months was suppose to be the magic number, but my foot feels stuck and weak, not to mention it hurts.
    Living on Advil is not the solution.
    Any suggestions on what to do and what tennis shoes work the best.
    HELPPPPPPP!!!

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  71. Hi! I had haglund’s deformity surgery June 8th on my right heel. Prior to surgery, podiatrist did an MRI and discovered a ligament in need of repair from a high school injury, so he did a Brostoms as well. I am in my sneakers at home and at work, and riding a stationary bike 3 weeks post op! I had to wear my cam walker first 3 weeks all the time, first week completely off it, 2nd week I was able to walk all day of my daughter’s high school graduation. 3rd week totally mobile w/camwalker. Doctor said I should be able to run at 6 weeks. This same podiatrist did my bunion on left foot 3 years ago, same recovery time. He is AWESOME! and in Vermont

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  73. I need this operation. So far I’ve only had the pain meds, which worked great, but I’m not supposed to be on for very long. Is this an outpatient surgery?

    I am not a runner. I hurt my tendon as a teacher. We had a principal who wanted to have homeroom in the auditorium in the basement–not a bad idea, but it only lasted 5 minutes. I’d go in the morning, go to the faculty room on the 2nd floor, run down 2 flights of stairs to the basement, then five minutes later, run up 3 flights of stairs to the third floor. Somehow in the middle of this, my achilles tendon started to hurt, and now I find I have a huge spur.

    Do you think losing weight would help? I know, it’s good to do in general, but does it make a big difference with this type of foot condition?

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  76. Okay, so I’m freaking out. Have been through the “mill” trying to fix this thing - PT, “can” boot, ultrasound, steroids, so surgery in two days. The achilles is torn, haglunds deformity with bone chips and a cyst on the bursa. I’ve signed up for two weeks off work and now, after reading all this, I’m thinking longer. I don’t know if there will be a cast involved???? I’m tired of pain. Really, tired of the whole thing. You all sound positive. I have borrowed a walker and crutches. Ready to go. It is day surgery - but how long does it take? An hour? Is it an all day thing?

  77. Sarah, I just had the surgery on 11/9. The length of the surgery is probably 1 - 2 hours, depending on how extensive the damage is to your achilles from the Haglund’s. For me, the doctor had to go in from both sides of the heel to remove the “crab meat” portion of my achilles torn up by the spur, and the bursa around it. I also had the joint on my big toe repaired at the same time, which had large spurs and needed to be straightened. My entire surgery was 2:45.

    I’d strongly suggest asking for a nerve-block anesthesia for the procedure, which the anesthesiologist may offer to you anyway. This is combined with “twilight sedation” or a mild general anesthesia. You should also ask them to provide you with a nerve block balloon pump when you go home. That lasted for two days, and I had virtually no pain. I did take a couple of vicodin at night to help sleep.

    If you can find/rent one and your house is one story, a “knee scooter” is really helpful compared with crutches or even a walker. You bend your operative leg 90 degrees and rest it on a seat cushion that’s about knee-height. You use your good foot to move the 4-wheeled device and have handles above waist-height for steering.

    I’m supposed to stay NWB with my foot elevated above my chest for the two weeks until my post-op appointment. Hopefully at that point I’ll get to a “walking boot” for the next 2-3 months.

    Even though I haven’t gone through recovery yet, I wish I had done the operation years earlier, before the damage to my AT caused by the Haglund’s. Good luck with it!

    Keith

  78. Keith - so glad to read your response! I did have the leg block which was great for the first fifteen hours - which I’d had that pump, tho. Surgery took about 2 hours and have been scooting and crutches and a walker. Elevated all day with ice and pain killers. I’m really surprised after almost a week the pain is still so intense. Do you find that also?

  79. I had the “Haglund’s Deformity” surgery on Halloween, 2011. I’m not going to tell a story, it was very painful afterwards…..this was supposed to be Same Day Surgery, but I am a 51 year old female heart patient and my surgeon and cardiologist wanted me to stay overnight in the hospital. I had a huge spur removed, and also the AT removed and reattached. The first days out of the hospital I was trying to get around with a walker/crutches, and found the crutches to be better for me. It took a while to get used to this. I was cautioned to keep ice on my foot and keep it elevated. I was in a splint for 3 weeks, a cast for 2 weeks, and now a walking boot ever since. I have been non-weight bearing since today. My surgeon had me to put on my boot and walk around in his office without crutches, looked at my x-rays, and told me that I was ready to go back to work this week if I felt like it - and I do. I have no pain other than my heel is tender. Before this surgery, I would just sit and cry - the pain was unbearable. I work 7 days on - 7 days off and I’m on my feet - still may be unable to finish the week out, but I’m going to give it my best shot. I would do this all over again in a heartbeat :) I hope this helps someone who’s facing the same thing…..

  80. Been in boot since last Monday and ditched one crutch yesterday, both legs are tired and surgery leg is a little sore on bottom of heel. Is this normal? I’m sure it is since I’ve been walking on it for a week now in the boot, just need some surety everything ok if someone gave give me some feedback! Thanks

  81. 2o4d: Pain on the bottom of the heel is a very common symptom. Many of us here have had it. Croc’s seem to give some relief for a lot of folks.

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