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« on: February 02, 2013, 07:27:24 PM »

I've been struggling with achilles tendinitis since august.  All though I have remained relatively active it seems likle it keeps getting a little better and then get inflammed again worse than before.  Afraid of rupture, I finally went to the doc and started Physical Therapy.  Achilles tendinitis can be a very stubborn problem to correct so I created a blog to track my recovery.

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« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2013, 10:53:02 AM »

ouch !
I wish you the best !

Has it affected your hiking and boarding?
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« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2013, 07:30:23 PM »


Has it affected your hiking and boarding?

Ideally the ankle has less to do with board control that does upper body position.  But, all of us know that you can really over-extend or over flex once in a while when an edge catches unexpectedly and with considerable force.

My son boards in rigid plastic boots.  For a while in the '90s, boarders racing gates thought that they were a big advantage in fine control.  I'm not sure that they are even made any more.

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Sort of like ski boots, the bindings hold on sole extensions at the toe and heel.)
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« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2013, 08:02:18 AM »


Has it affected your hiking and boarding?

Ideally the ankle has less to do with board control that does upper body position.  But, all of us know that you can really over-extend or over flex once in a while when an edge catches unexpectedly and with considerable force.

My son boards in rigid plastic boots.  For a while in the '90s, boarders racing gates thought that they were a big advantage in fine control.  I'm not sure that they are even made any more.

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Yeah I just tighten my boots up really good and its mostly ok.  Skiing is absolutely not a problem, but as tommy said with snowboarding sometimes you catch an angle just right and it does put some strain on it, and thats why most of my riding sessions this year have only been in the 2 hour range.  But actually, trying to avoid that situation makes me snowboard fundamentally better.
As for hiking I do fine on step ups, but not inclines.
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« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2013, 09:53:36 AM »

Hey surf, its about a month since your last pt visit and blog post, how is your Achilles tendonitis going?

 Reason i ask is, i think i've developed a mild case of it and unfortunately don't have much time to recover.    Towards the end of a long run 2 weeks ago I started to notice some discomfort in my right achilles and was hoping my old sneakers caused it (still do) and some fresh would solve it.  I continued to follow my rigorous training plan (40ish miles a week) and during my long run last week decided i needed to sit out for a few.  So this week i've been resting it and cycling a bit and am planning a long run this sunday and am not very optimistic about it.

The pain isn't affecting me in any way except when i run and it hasn't slowed my pace yet.  Well really there hasn't been any pain or stiffness other than slight discomfort while running.  The only thing i've been doing is the eccentric heel drops + ice, heat, compression.  Damn compression socks are expensive.  I've got 2 big races coming up in the middle of may and june and after that I can take some real time off if needed.  I'm not worried about getting through my races but just might not set a new PR.

Any way just curious how your recovery has been going since your last blog. 
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« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2013, 04:49:48 PM »

Sorry to hear, as my doctor said: "Between Achilles Tendonitus and a broken leg, I'ld choose the broken leg."
The heel drops and the calf stretches are the two parts of physical therapy I still need to do everyday.  I have resumed light running (1 mile a day) but I am getting alot of tightness still.  I'm hoping that the light routine will allow the tendon to eventually stop being inflamed.  Fortunately hiking feels fine on it, and cycling seems to help it, its the quick stretch that landing puts on it while running that seems to aggrevate it.
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« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2013, 01:19:10 PM »

Thats good that your getting back into running. 

Yes, a broken leg in theory could be preferable.  Its either broke or not with the achilles is sort of a crapshoot if its healed well enough to return to normal activity or not. 

I made it about 6 miles yesterday with no discomfort at all and then from there on, I noticed waves of discomfort but never severe.  At the end of the run there's a small hill (every time i run this hill it gets longer and steeper) but was surprised i felt great running up it.  The time before, every hill i ran bothered it. 

I'm going to rest it all week again and see what happens next weekend.   
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« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2013, 09:55:31 AM »

Yeah uphill running on road surface scares me the most.  My acchilles problem started in august and after lots of rest was about 90% feeling better last October until I felt a pop when I was going uphill at about a 14% grade.  The resulting inflammation lasted until last month.  Im probably at about 80% better now
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« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2013, 07:39:35 AM »

Update Post 6/13

http://achillestendinitis.wordpress.com/2013/06/13/follow-up-6-months/
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« Reply #9 on: July 11, 2014, 08:55:02 PM »

so Achilles tendonitis is just a normal part of life now it get stiff and tender frequently and I just stretch my calves really well and push thru it and it gets looser and better.  I've actually got myself on a really good training schedule now that I have a kid.  The secret for me has been to hit the gym on my lunch break every day. I've lost almost 30 pounds in the past year.  Here is a picture of me on Washington last summer, and now last week. (BTW I did the traverse in 10hours 20 minutes.)http://www.outdoortripreports.com/2014/06/30/presidential-traverse-62814/  Same clothes same place just a lot healthier looking.
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