Shockwave Treatment #2, yet to see progress

It’s now been over seven months that I have been troubled by Achilles tendinosis and I have yet to see any meaningful progress, despite all the treatments and exercises and x-rays and ultrasounds. It’s definitely disconcerting. I get the feeling that this condition is never going to improve and that I’ll just have to give up hiking and even walking.

Yesterday, I went through my second weekly shockwave treatment on my calcific achilles. It is a very short treatment and mostly does not hurt, except for when he does it near the heel bone. The treatment only lasts for a few minutes and then I’m done. During the weeks that I am doing these treatments, I continue to avoid any excercise of the tendon and certainly I am avoiding the Alfredson’s Protocol eccentric heel drops.

This past week after the first SW treatment, my achilles pain was noticeable all week, every day. Not too bad, but definitely noticeable. After this second treatment, the pain is not as noticeable, unless I try to do something like a heel raise. The bulge on the back of achilles is still just as large as it always has been and I can’t say that I see any progress in the tendon itself.

That said, I will press on. And be patient. And try to be hopeful . . .

5 Responses to “Shockwave Treatment #2, yet to see progress”

  1. I hope you get some relief from the shockwave therapy. Have you considered surgery as an option? As much as surgery is horrible, if it can fix the problem, while recovery is miserable, it is short term. It seems a shame to give up hiking, and walking, presumably activities you love, for the rest of your life. I was faced with a similar decision: do nothing and live with the constant pain, and being able to do very few physical activities, or have surgery, and hopefully eventually be able to get back to everything I love to do. I had Achilles tendinosis and a Haglund’s Deformity, so I know what you’re going through. I’m 2 weeks post op. The prospect of spending the next 40 years (or however many I have) in pain, or trudging through 6-12 months of recovery to be able to enjoy the next 40 years, seemed like an easy decision. It was actually a really hard decision, but I feel it was the right one. I wish you the best.

  2. I had 2 shock wave treatments a few years back on my non injured tendon as it was getting quite sore. It has resolved and I need no further treatment but that is not to say things were as bad as yours. I could not say it will work for you if the tendon is calcified but I doubt it will do damage. If the shockwave initiates a healing response then it could take some time for it to be effective. Can only hope for you.

  3. I did the shockwave therapy and every other conservative method prior to my surgery. I spent a lot of money and hope that they were the solution and I was disappointed every time. The surgery worked for me, I am 53 and at 16 weeks post surgery. The results are good. I am finally able to walk without a limp and am hopeful to be active on my feet again.

  4. Thanks John. I’m sort of thinking this might be my story too. Oh well, it’s at least good to know that the surgery option can fix things that the other methods couldn’t. I figure I still have to give the conservative treatment options a chance, who knows, maybe I will be successful without surgery. My concern, of course, is that I haven’t seen any improvement after seven months.

  5. Thanks Stuart for the comment. Yes, other than the high cost, there doesn’t seem to much downside to at least trying the shockwave treatments. I am really hoping though for some signs of improvement.

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