A strange creaking feeling
I have been having some trouble with my achilles tendon and wanted to know if anyone else has had a similar experience. Usually I would rely on internet research, but the information is rather unclear for this one!
I have been been doing a mixed training programme of cardio (mainly running) and weights for a race this weekend. I train for an hour or more most days of the week and have had a relatively 'injury free' year at this level of intensity.
My training partner and I decided to mix it up a bit about two weeks ago and went walking for a weekend. After about 7h fast paced walking, I started to get pain about an inch and a half up the back of my achilles. At the time, I thought it was simply because my boots were too tight. That evening, I noticed a swollen lump in the same position. Having travelled to Snowdonia, I wasnt going to let something like an ill fitting boot (or so I thought) stop me doing a similar full day of walking the next day and I switched to my running trainers thinking this would solve the problem.
After that, the pain was worse, and i noticed that as i flexed my foot up and down, there was an almost audible creaking/cracking noise (and feeling) coming from my tendon. Anyone touching the area can feel that it's not moving properly.
I took a week off and lots of ibuprofen, but the creaking feeling is still here almost two weeks later.
Has anyone else had a similar experience? If so, what do you think has happened and how long might it take to heal?
Can't offer a lot of help but I do know the blood supply to the AT is minimal so it can take a very long time to heel.
Complete layman's guess but a lump on the achillies is definite swelling, maybe a partial rupture?
I'd ice it a lot and get to a sports physio.
Did you get this resolved?
I've had creaking for about 3 weeks - gets worse throughout the day and can't seem to shift it!
I have also experienced this 'creaking' in the past. Its a horrible, bizarre feeling. Ibuprofen and rest sorted me out. As Rob says it can take a while to heal. Be patient and rest as much as you can.
Did your creaking get worse throughout the day (mines minimal first thing)? and did you have complete rest or xtrain?
Yes it did, as most of my day is spent on my feet! I tried to cycle but still felt the creaking and slight pain. I did nothing for a fortnight and took it easy after. I now have a whole new set of niggles! Just take it easy and try to be patient.
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