My achillis just started to hurt a few days ago, right where it connects to the heal. It's gotten so bad i can't run, and it hurts to even walk. I think it's tendonitis. Does anyone have any info on this condition?
I had the same problem earlier this year -- basically missed 5 months of running and the entire racing season.
Ask your doc about the bursa sac. In my case, it was not the achilles tendon itself but rather the area around it that was inflamed. After resting and starting up again 3 or 4 times, my doc finally gave me a cortisone shot in front of the tendon. I then took 6 weeks completely off, got new shoes and orthotics and have been running since early September.
Kevin Sullivan posted answers to some of my questions on this thread:
He was very helpful in sharing his experience.
Yes, I get it quite often. Could also be bursitis. Very painful. You will have to stay off of it and ice it. However, I found that heat worked much better. Take Ibuprofen as well. I recommend seeing a sports med doc to rule out any tear and to get a prescription.
Unfortunately, this takes some time to heal. I'm usually out at least 2 weeks when mine flares up.
You can also check out www.americanrunning.org
I feel for you. But this too shall pass. Just don't get impatient or it will never heal.
I'm just coming back from a good bout of something in the same area. I assumed it was tendonitis, but I guess it could be bursitis.
Regardless, you can find the protocol I followed at the following link. It seems to have worked very well, and it can't hurt to have strong calves:
HEY! I just was posting because I use that same name, Runner4Life on other boards, like GATFXC. It's awesome! I hope your injury heals itself up soon. Good luck.
My advise is to take everyone's suggestions for treatment.
Especially, stretching the calf.
Also, don't run in old shoes too much like I did.
I fought a similar problem my last two years of running.
My last race on the track was in the Atlanta Trials in '96.
My heal was killing me afterwards.
I haven't done any consitant running since and I still have problems if I try to run more than once a week.
Don't let it deteriorate!
My two bits, from past experience:
I got the tendinitis from training hard on worn out shoes. I got to the point I could barely go down stairs, and my tendon was grinding in the sheath.
Without going through the litany of everything we tried, basically it took 3 weeks of complete rest, and I immersed the bad ankle in a bucket of ice water (mostly ice) for as long as I could stand it at least once, sometimes twice a day. And large doses of ibuprofen, but that alone did nothing.
The team doctor was talking a cortisone shot, but they also said it would weaken the tendon down the line. I wasn't that good, frankly, so I didn't want to hurt my body for a rush heal (no pun intended) job. Once I committed to the ice bucket, it took about 2 weeks. I still PR'd that year, if that helps any.
I battle achillis tendonitis off and on.
The biggest thing that has helped me is a 'boot' to sleep in at night. You can get one at RoadRunnerSports.com Also, the have an 'achillis strap' that I found semi-useful. Definitly give both of these a try, I believe that they both are a big part of me keeping my achillis at bay. Good Luck and be smart!!
Oh ya, Ultrasound usually works good for tendonitious for me!