suthrnman’s AchillesBlog

June 13th, 2011

Moving beyond sural nerve complications at 16 wks, non-op

Posted by suthrnman in Journal

On my previous post, I described a series of incidences where there was a pop and pain.  These events were followed by a week or two of recovery to get back to where I was.  The pain was on the upper lateral side (outside) of the Achilles where the sural nerve crosses the tendon.  There is also a notch on the Achilles in that location.  The best I can tell the sural nerve was somehow bound up at that place and ripped out when I over exerted myself–very painful.

The good news: I now seem to have moved past that complication and my strength is increasing with little of the previous type pain limitations.  I can walk pretty well if I go at a slow pace. My strength is about 120 lbs pressure on the scale.  I still don’t have full ROM, but I am now able to stretch more effectively and hope for quicker improvement.  Good healing to all!

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  1. normofthenorth said,

    on June 13th, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Good luck with this, suthrnman, I hope your progress continues now! As I’ve posted before, sural-nerve damage was reported fairly frequently with arthroscopic surgical ATR repair — much more frequently than with “open” surgical repair. I think that’s the main reason that arthroscopic or “minimally invasive” repair is relatively rare, despite the promise of less scarring and less pain.

    I think most of the comparative studies show that it’s even rarer with non-op treatment than with open surgery, but I guess you just “won the lottery”. Time for some GOOD luck, I’d say!

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