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Co-incidentally I met an old friend yesterday who has his own PT practise. He had heard about my rupture and quizzed me about the history (basically chronic tendon pain for about 18 months) and then asked about my pre rupture treatment. When I told him about the two cortisone injections he was appalled and even mentioned the dreaded word’mal-practice’ - However I’m at the hosp on Monday hopefully for a foot move - I’ve been in a hard cast with my foot pointing down now for nearly 10 wks! so I’m looking forward to a bit of positive news. All the best,
I also had 2 cortisone injections from a Podiatrist and went back for a 3rd and he stated that he wouldn’t do more than 3. Six months were inbetween each one. They do increase your change of rupture but I had incredible relief and was able to go back to my tennis game each time.
But, I got increasing worse and now know that it was a temporary fix. The heel spur was still there and the bump on my heel was bigger over the two years. I decided on surgery this August. (after the Spring Tennis Season, of course Hopefully I will be ready for the next Spring and can run faster! BTW, Other MD’s said that I should not have allowed any MD to inject that site…..
I feel for you girl!! I have just started weightbearing and yesterday packed up the shower seat~ don’t worry there is an end. The other thing that helped me was my husband got an extendable shower at Home Depot for like 10 bucks. It attaches at your regular shower head- it came in handy since you can’t move much in the shower. We also got a camping portapotty for right next to the bed-I’m still using it since our bathroom is downstairs. That was a life saver! Good luck!! When they give you a boot cast, think about having your husband gently do some foot massage- I think that helped me alot when it was time to walk again. Good Luck!!
I have a similar tale in that I was treated with 2 cortisone injections to clear the inflammation around my achilles - they worked for a time - I was like a new man but of course I now know the consequences of these injections and the high rate of rupture which follows. To be fair I was warned but the pain in my achilles was stopping me functioning to the point where I couldn’t work properly and just live normally . Desperation probably got the better of me, however I have done loads of reading and general research since my ATR and its an absolute mine- field of claim and counter claim about cause and effect.If only I’d known then what I know now……………………… !
Congratulations on your first “step” to recovery. Try and keep your foot elevated above your heart as much as possible during the critical first two weeks. The more you rest, the faster your foot heals. I didn’t have much pain either but I still took an Ibuprofen every day for the first week to reduce swelling.
Another member of our exclusive club, welcome. As you will no doubt find out over the coming months the advice you get off this site will be invaluable. Take heed of the main advice of rest and elevate, we all think we don’t necessarily have to do this, but be assured you will.
Good luck with your recovery, if you have concerns about the medication try and research as much as you can and post on this site for others to see.