About two years ago I was "diagnosed" with a tight heel cord. The Orthopaedist and Physical Therapist both said it was very tight - forced dorsiflexion (forced by therapist) was only 0 degrees, I could only get to -2 degrees by myself. Dr asked if I had had to wear braces or special shoes as a child.
I did physical therapy 3 times a week for 6 weeks, and then continued exercises at home for a while. Things got a little better, I got alot bored with the exercises, and finally just stopped. Now, my ankle pain is back - so is knee pain, and heaven help me when I 1st get up in the morning or after sitting in the recliner for any length of time - I can barely walk!
I know I need to go back to the dr, but I don't want him to order physical therapy (costs to much and is not permanent). What are my other options? A brace/boot at night? some type of surgery?
Dr. Vinod - Thank you for your response. I am starting the stretching exercises again, but was wondering if the "boots" worn during sleep would be beneficial. I have lately noticed knww and hip discomfort and have read that they can be a result of an extrememly tight heel cord.
In addition to the tight heel cord - I have extremely high arches. When walking on the beach, my footprint is really just heel, ball, and toes. when standing, a piece of paper can be passed ceompletely under my foot at the arch.
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