Final word from the PA…not hardly :(

Well, we went to the doctor to get the final verdict on whether the therapy worked.  If one leg could be released, the left one would be.   That stubborn right tendon is still tight.  The PA ordered 6 months of at home stretching at night and for Ethan to wear the shoe inserts for 6 more months also.  Bummer because those things for him are uncomfortable.  Just as I said in the previous post, the bone above the right arch is being irritated from the splints (it’s rubbing a red spot there).  The PA said that because his tendon was still tight, his arch was trying to collapse again.  Hence, the pressure on that bone.  We will reevaluate in May and either be released, or see what our next option will be.  The grand news is that he is released to exert both legs just as hard as he can exert them and he does NOT need to wear his inserts/splints when he is wearing his cleats.  Baseball, here we come!!

5 Responses to “Final word from the PA…not hardly :(”

  1. Good luck!

  2. Hi, my name is Natalie, I’m 16 years old. I am interested in this blog because of a health project I am doing for my school. I injured my Achilles tendon in April of this year during a soccer game and it still hasn’t healed. The doctors aren’t sure what’s wrong with it but I have had two MRIs, one boot and have been through physical therapy. I have found your blog very helpful and I was wondering if you were in a boot and if it helped you or not. When the doctor I was seeing put me in a boot and it caused more pain than I originally had and this is what my entire project is based off of. Thank you and I hope you have a good day!

  3. My son (who is 7 years olf) actually had the surgery on both ankles and he was in 2 boots but did not cause any pain to him. He was in his comfort zone with them on because they provided the extra support. When he was cleared to have them off, was a huge change for him and that is where he struggled the most. Please let me know if you have anymore questions. I will be glad to answer them

  4. Thanks for the blog posts! I have a 13 year old daughter that is very active in sports and because she was a toe walker ( I was told she would grow out of it) she has very tight tendons. She recently severly injured her ankle and now needs surgery to fix so the Dr is planning to do the tendon surgery at the same time. People tell my I am crazy for doing something so invasive but she has a lot of pain associated with the tight tendons. We hope that this will fix her ankle and help with all her knee and hip pain. Best of luck to your little guy I am sorry we waited so long!

  5. When my 89-yo FIL was a boy, he walked on his toes, and got successful surgery on both ATs to let them lengthen. (I say “let them lengthen” because I think it’s essentially surgery to cut them apart but NOT to stitch the ends back together, followed by “non-op” rehab, letting natural healing rebuild ATs that are longer than the originals. I’m guessing that the initial immobilization is NOT done in ballerina/equinus/DF position, but closer to “neutral” position.

    He recovered fine, and went on to lead a long and athletic and active life, not over yet. He’s got problems now at 89, but his ATs aren’t on the list.

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