One Year Anniversary!

This week marks my one year anniversary of having a heal spur removed and my AT debulking. I feel great! Sometimes I just stop and move my foot and am so excited that I don’t have any pain.  It is such a blessing! I have started doing Body Pump and was nervous about doing squats and lunges with weights, but it has been wonderful. I have also started doing Country Heat (a dance exercise program) for cardio and I can move my foot in any direction without pain or stiffness. I love having my life back! I hope that you will find this encouraging if you are just beginning your journey.

8 months post op and numbness

I am 8 months post op insertional achilles tendonitis surgery. I have been doing great, but in the last two weeks my heel has started feeling numb. It feels like I am walking on a lopsided pad. I am pretty sure it is a nerve being punched or something like that. It is not painful, just uncomfortable. Has anyone had this feeling? Thanks!

4 months post op

I am 4 months post op. I had a hysterectomy a month ago and ended up with an infection that resulted in another surgery two weeks ago. I have not been able to do much the last month because I have been so weak. I thought the rest would have been great for my foot. I have been doing lots of stretches and range of motion. I went to work this evening fr a few hours and I am in so mch pain. My achilles does not feel too bad, but my foot and my incision (insertion) area are hurting quite a bit. I bought great shoes with very good support. Any suggestions? I am going to call my doctor tomorrow. I have missed some appointments because of my other health issues. How long did you have pain after surgery?

Almost 3 months post op

I haven’t updated in a while, so here it goes! I am feeling pretty good. I am wearing shoes. I am supposed to be wearing a brace, but I hate it and it hurts more than helps. I have good supportive shoes, so I feel pretty good. I feel pretty strong. Still no PT, but my friend is a PT, so she is helping me with stretches and checking my range. I am trying to stay on top of scar tissue. My swelling is not so bad. I am on my feet a lot, and days that I work noth jobs it is pretty swollen. I am off for seven weeks because I am getting ready to have another surgery (not on my foot), so I can take it a little easy. I am having pain at my incision site. Does anyone have recommendations on how to sooth this?

Week 10

Went to the dr. and got a brace. He says things are looking good. He wants me to wear my boot at work, and my brace with shoes the rest of the time. Feelng pretty good. Still swelling a lot and pain when I am on my feet a lot. I am having another surgery (not on my foot) in a few weeks. Hoping to build up strength before I am down again!

Week 8

Some days I feel like I could dance, and some days I feel like crying. I have been in my boot for 2 1/2 weeks. I had pain for a while, but it is getting much better. I am on my feet all day. I try and take some breaks and take off my boot and put my foot up, but with little kids around it isn’t for long. I got a great pair of shoes that I would highly recommend. I bought them on They are Alegria brand and have great support and the sole is thick enough that it is even with my boot. I feel like I am walking perfectly normal, and no more back pain. I am looking forward to when I can wear both of them! My doctor told me to bring shoes with me for my next visit in two weeks. It makes me a little nervous thinking about my foot being unprotected at work, but I will get over it. I am trying to break up the scar tissue around my incision area, but it is not going so well. My doctor still won’t recommend PT. I am trying to push for it, but don’t know if he will go for it. I am very lucky to work with a PT and she printed out lots of exercises, gave me theraband for stretching, and showed me how to massage to break up the scar tissue. She said I should be receiving PT. I know she will keep helping me if the doc won’t refer me. I am so thankful to be on the road to recovery. I have really gotten so out of shape (well…I haven’t been in good shape in years, but I did enjoy exercising and going to BodyPump classes). I am hoping to be able to get back to Bodypump and chasing the kids around in my classom soon!


I have been in my boot for three days. I think I looked like a baby taking her first steps when I started out! I am used to it and have been pushing myself to walk more. I am in a crunch to get my classroom ready. I get my even up on Monday. I am looking forward to that. I am wearing my New Balance shoes that are pretty “tall”, so I am almost even. With the even up, I am sure it will be perfect and my hip/back won’t hate me so much! I am wearing a thick sock with my boot and had to bandage my incision area because I have a small wound where one of my staples was. My heel hurts quite a bit as I am walking. I was not given anything in the way of lifts that I have seen so many bloggers have. Should I ask for this or will a heel cup work? I don’t go back to the doctor for two weeks. I am sure it is typical to have this pain, but I am not going to have the luxury of being off my feet after next week. I am going to use my scooter at school for the long trecks to the cafeteria and specials, but I really want to walk as much as possible to build up muscle and strength. I am not so patient with this!!

Six Weeks Post Op

Six week apointment today. I got my cast off (eww…I think you can braid the leg hair!). I can’t wait to soak my foot and shave my leg! I got my boot, and it is very comfortable. My dr. Told me I won’t need PT. He just told me to do ROM and walking will strengthen my leg. I work with a PT, so I am still going to check with her to make sure I am getting what I need. I am looking forward to a nice sleep tonight with nothing banging on my other leg! What is the best way to get the dry, rough skin off? I am going to soak my foot and hopefully that will do it, but it is very bad. Hoping I won’t overdo things with my newfound freedom!

Cast off and shoes

I am so excited that I am finally getting my cast off tomorrow! It almost feels like Christmas!!!  The time has actually gone by pretty quickly. Other than the one incident of cast anxiety I had due to a too tight cast, it hasn’t been too bad. I am hoping I won’t have to sleep in my boot. If so, I will ask for a night splint. I have not been sleeping too well lately due to the banging around of my cast every time I move (I toss and turn a lot).  Do you recommend an even up? If so, where is the best place to buy one. I want to buy a good pair of shoes. I have tennis shoes, but I need casual shoes for work. I am a teacher and am on my feet all day. I teach full time during the day and twice a week in the evening.  I will need shoes that are orthotic friendly and are extra wide. Any recommendations will be welcome. Thanks!

Doing too much on NWB

Putting this out there to those who are still NWB. I am four weeks out and have been feeling great. I have virtually no pain and get around geat with my scooter. Surgery was on my left foot, so I am able to drive with my cast. I have been going stir crazy sitting around. I am a teacher and start back to school in three weeks, so I decided to go work in my room to get it organized. Well, stupid me just keeps going and moving furniture, rugs, toys, etc. I foolishly have been putting some weight on my left foot (just to pivot or when I am going down the step to the garage). Now my achilles is aching and I am very swollen under my cast. I should have known better. I am sure I have not done any damage, but it has turned into a Percocet and leg way up in the air night. I don’t plan on doing anything tomorrow. So, my advice to anyone who is still NWB, don’t be stubborn like me!!