Filed Under (Uncategorized) by starry on 11-05-2011

So the past few mornings i’ve woken up and had occasional mild shooting pain in the back of my heel.  Not on the weight bearing surface of the foot, but almost on the back of the bone or round the side, about 2cm above the bottom of the foot. I go back to sleep and it sometimes comes back for a short while then disappears. It goes away after I get up. I have been elevating my foot in the boot with 2cm heel lift on a pillow at night.

Did anyone else experience this, and any theories as to why it is happening?

I also experiemented with FWB at 3w post op in the boot - can move short distances placing weight more on the heel of the bad foot and taking very short strides. Was very slow to move but was so happy to be able to walk (shuffle) with no crutches! Think I will continue to use 2 crutches to get around faster, and transition to one crutch on the good side before ditching them altogether.


cellblock4 on 11 May, 2011 at 11:36 pm #

same happened to me as soon as i was FWB. it lasted 3 weeks before my foot/heel got accustomed to walking around again.

normofthenorth on 12 May, 2011 at 3:40 am #

That’s where my pain appeared much later than you are (~17 wks post op) when I foolishly over-exercised my AT after my first ATR. Details on my blog. Short version: First day I could walk perfectly normally barefoot, my PT told me to do as many 1-leg heel raises as I could. Big mistake. I could only do 3 or 4, but that set back my rehab by a month, and produced the only real pain I had through the whole ordeal.

The area you describe is near where the AT connects to the heel bone (calcaneus).

I’m not at all sure that your pain is also from over-doing, but it might make sense to back off for a few days and see if it goes away.

starry on 12 May, 2011 at 4:08 pm #

Thanks for the replies.
Norm, I think you might be right, I was a bit worried that it is in the achilles insertion region… I think there is a tiny bit of pain when i dorsiflex a little too much also. Will stay on 2 crutches PWB and only do VERY gentle ROM for the next few days and see. The pain wasn’t really there this morning though so fingers crossed it is improving, although your month setback does scare me.
I may be blind, but I couldn’t find any posts from your first ATR on your blog, only ones from your most recent one! Was the pain in that region constant, or only when you did particular movements etc?

starry on 12 May, 2011 at 6:12 pm #

Spoke to my surgeon, he reckons it isn’t anything to worry about. He suspects it is from starting to use the tendon now while the tendon and muscle are still stiff. The pain in the morning is likely due to the tendon becoming more stiff overnight while immobile, then gives a bit of pain when I move it in the morning. He reckons it will improve once I regain some flexibility. Will continue to take it a bit easier and ice more the next few days and see how it goes.

normofthenorth on 13 May, 2011 at 2:38 pm #

You’re not blind, starry, there are no blogs here from my first ATR. In fact, in late 2001, I tore my first one around 7 years before Dennis tore his and started this great site! So mine are all after #2. But I did tell my cautionary tale there, from the first one, as well as much of the rest of my experiences from my first (surgical, ultra-conservative, and very successful) recovery.

starry on 16 May, 2011 at 9:38 pm #

Read your story, lots of useful info on your blog site ;P I walked a bit less the next few days and had it elevated and iced a bit more and the pain pretty much went away. I worked out it happens the morning after I walk on it a fair bit

JackAger on 5 September, 2013 at 8:47 pm #

Don’t try the any stretching exercise…and you should concern with Heel Pain Clinic, Because its not easy to cure that problems.

jackwilliam on 7 September, 2013 at 5:28 pm #

My personal experiences Its Podiatrist
which can’t recover itself. You will hire a professional Heel Pain Specialists.

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