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Achilles Tendonitis, Partially Torn Tendon, Plantar Faciitis

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  • Posted By: Carole618
  • July 4, 2007
  • 06:37 PM

I have all 3 symptoms on one foot. Very difficult to walk on foot or both feet in the morning. The back of my ankle above heel is swollen all the time. I ice the foot, and am wearing a big boot. I have been wearing the boot for 6 weeks now. Nothing seems to help. Can someone advise me on what else I can do to be able to walk properly again. This all happened in Dec of 2006, and I am not a runner! Carole

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  • You sound like my sister and she had the surgery which made it worse. I had plantar f. and I had my doc prescribe orthotic inserts for my shoes. Advil round the clock and stretching exercises before you get up.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies Flag this Response
  • You sound like my sister and she had the surgery which made it worse. I had plantar f. and I had my doc prescribe orthotic inserts for my shoes. Advil round the clock and stretching exercises before you get up. Wow! it doesn't sound like it ever gets better..:( I'm not too happy about not being able to walk anymore. Carole
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  • I have Plantar Faciitis. My chiropractor told me to roll a tennis ball or a can of soup under my feet when I am sitting. I use an old wooden rolling pin when I sit at the computer. My feet haven't hurt since I started doing it.
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  • Carole, mine is completely healed. But I wear Birks most of the time. (not because I have to, but they are just so easy to slip on).
    rad-skw 1605 Replies Flag this Response
  • I have Plantar Faciitis. My chiropractor told me to roll a tennis ball or a can of soup under my feet when I am sitting. I use an old wooden rolling pin when I sit at the computer. My feet haven't hurt since I started doing it. When I sit - I use a bottle with water in it and frozen to roll my foot on. But it is the heel and back of my foot that is hurting also.
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  • Carole, mine is completely healed. But I wear Birks most of the time. (not because I have to, but they are just so easy to slip on). I have a pair of low shoes that I slip on when I get up at night and in the morning. The birks - are not a good walking shoe for me anyway! Although I need support - and I use New Balance Sneakers - they are still not the best supporting for this condition.
    Carole618 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • Consider acupuncture for this problem, it may really help. www.acufinder.com for more info and to find a qualified practitioner near you. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi Carole,I had the Achilles Tendonitis and it took about 1 year to heal. I started to have Plantar Faciitis but it healed up on it's own after I got treated for a disease.Do you have any other symptoms besides these?The reason I ask is that some of your symptoms could be signs of another condition.
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  • Hi Carole,I had the Achilles Tendonitis and it took about 1 year to heal. I started to have Plantar Faciitis but it healed up on it's own after I got treated for a disease.Do you have any other symptoms besides these?The reason I ask is that some of your symptoms could be signs of another condition.No! I don't have any other sympton other than what I wrote. I do have a partially torn tendon and the back of my heel is swelled up. I noticed when I wear the boot - that the plantar faciitis seems to be worse on that one foot. I have been icing my feet, and (trying) to stay off of them as much as possible. I don't have gout nor do I have diabetes.???? This all started in Dec of 2006 - so hopefully I have 5 more months to go to get rid of this. Who knows!!! Thanks!
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  • The best advice? Get to a good Podiatrist! I lived with this for 15 years before finally making an appointment. Mine did several things: -Taped the arch-Iontophoresis (an inflammation relieving drug given through the skin)-PT -Recommended of good footgear -Used over the counter arch support shoe inserts, and custom orthotics if inserts don't work-ultrasound He would have tried: -steroid injections-drawing my blood & injecting part of the blood back into the foot to promote healing-shock wave therapy However I didn't need any of these approaches. The first few did it for me. I also lost weight, and that helped. I have feet with high arches, and they pronate (turn outward). I found wearing my orthotics with *thin* (rather than thick comfy) socks or nylons really helped me, but you have to tough it out for a couple of weeks because at first the inserts and orthotics were painful to wear. And, I'm sorry to say, you will have to swear off of fashionable footgear. I look for lace-up shoes with no heels. I've been nearly pain-free for almost a year. It is possible!
    aquila 1263 Replies Flag this Response
  • Did you take a fluoroquinolone antibiotic before the onset? This would include Cipro, Levaquin, Avelox, etc.... These can cause achilles tendonitis even months after taking. It's important for you to know if this was the cause so that you don't take the med again.Also advil (and other NSAID meds) are the worst for healing tendonitis, because they decrease blood flow (thin blood) in an area with already weak blood flow.
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  • Hello,I am a physical therapist. Continue to use the ice and boot to help reduce the inflammation. I would seek help from a physical therapist who can both work on reducing tissue tightness and restore normal function.For more information on both achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis treatment ideas, visit www.joint-pain-solutions.com/achilles-tendonitis-treatment.html or www.joint-pain-solutions.com/plantar-fasciitis.html Good luck.
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