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Subject: RE: I had achilles tendon surgery yesterday
Jason -- thanks for the good thoughts. I am definitely taking it very easy right now but am looking forward to getting back at it down the road. Did some swimming the last few weeks to start getting used to that. Should be able to start that in about a month. Thanks again.
Curious -- I am in a cast with crutches -- no weight on the foot -- for one month. Then I will have a removable boot for up to a month. Once the cast comes off I can start swimming and will start rehab that day. Best case for starting to run very lightly sounds like about 3-4 months from now. Probably 6-9 months before I could be doing anything resembling real training.
Here is what I had done:
All the years of aggravating the tendon left me with a diagnosis this spring of chronic insertional achilles tendonosis. Basically the tendon had degenerated and calcified around the insertion to the heel. I had a prominent growth called a Haglund's growth on the back of the heel. I guess since I overpronate the rotation combined with the normal movement rubbing against the bump damaged the tendon. Then it would cause calcification further aggravating the situation. My heel had gotten pretty swollen. Over the years I tried physical therapy, rest, etc. and after a few months off would be able to train again for awhile but then it would flare up again. So this summer I had ESWT done which helped for awhile but again I think the structural problem was so severe that it flared up even worse.
So the doctor went in from the outside of the tendon. He did not detach it but pulled it back from the bone in order to shave the bump and spurs off of the bone. He also said the tendon itself was very thickened and he cut some of the bad tissue out. The other thing he did was a coblation therapy called TOPAZ. It uses a probe into the tendon and stimulates it to promote healing.
So hopefully I will have a healthier tendon which will no longer be rubbing on a jagged bone.
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