I have a history of achilles tendon problems on both feet. The problems have included tendonitis, torn tendon, and most recently on my left foot a "bone spur has developed under the achilles tendon sheath", at least according to my podiatrist (who is also an orthopedic surgeon). I spent the first 6 months of 2006 in a walking cast after the tear on my left tendon/calf muscle. I spent 6 weeks last fall in a walking cast again for the bursitis.
My left tendon/heel has been hurting so much for the past few weeks (I am used to occasional and consistently recurring pain after almost 10 years of this). I've been walking more lately but I don't run anymore. It seems I can't do any cardio-esque exercise without pain, even the recumbent bike. My podiatrist has talked about surgery as a final option but he said recovery is 9-12 months.
I'm wondering should I go back and see the doctor or just give up on exercise/cardio? I don't want to have to go through a 9-12 month recovery and I'm afraid if I do see my doctor again he'll really consider it.
Sorry for this long question. If it's important: I am only 23 years old.
Surgery would definitely improve your problems. I had similar issues and having had the surgery I am back to running 3 - 5 miles per day. Although the recovery can take up to a year, you will be better than you are now in 6 - 12 weeks. I think what your doctor meant is that complete recovery can take that long.
That said, non-surgical options include physical therapy, injections with platelet rich plasma (PRP) or further immobilzation. Depending on the severity of your injury, these may or not be appropriate at this point.
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