I've had achilles tendonitis for 11 months. I've been seen by a private podiatrist, tried orthotics, been given acupuncture and had sports massage. I started to see a private physiotherapist who began weekly ultrasound accompanied with friction massage. This was working quite well. In the meantime my GP finally referred me to NHS physio and for 3 months I was told to do a strengthening programme. This didn't seem to help much, in fact ended up getting more knee problems from the bending of the knee dips. They then also decided on some ultrasound, but instead of the weekly programme which was all I could afford, I was given twice weekly sessions-free! This seemed to help greatly and with the continuation of some stretching and strengthening exercises, I have finally returned to running. If things hadn't have improved these last 4 weeks, I would definitely been up to trying something new, as this injury seemed like it was never going to heal. Good luck with your new treatment, hope it gets people back to painfree 'normality' quicker than my treatments!
Now have orthotics that I can put into all my footwear. So over the next 2 weeks looking for big improvements. After that, I will see if swelling has gone down and with the help of ice and massge, I'd really like to do a tiny run to see how things are. Yes, I think by then it'll be 6 months also.I will continue my calf stretches too
Thanks Ian. Just had another massage-feels so good. The therapist and chiropracter are reviewing ideas as I have recently been getting pain in my IT joint/hip-which could be result of not wearing the orthotics all the time. They say its not good to be going in and out of shoes with support one minute and not the next. This is why my legs and hips are saying-whats going on here? Hopefully I'll get sorted soon. In meantime, as I said, lots of gym work and some walking is good.
Thanks for this thread- was going to start one myself. I was in training for my first half marathon at the beginning of the year and despite niggles at back of my leg, I continued training and did the race- not as good as I wanted it to be but at least completed it. However, I continued to run and decided to seek some advice from my chiropracter. She advised me to see a podiatrist which I began to see just before a fun 10K race in June.I said after this, I would stop running until he'd sorted it and not give myself goals to aim for until completely better. Since then, I've not been able to run at all- been using the gym a lot more for strengthing elsewhere. I have also been using orthotics in my trainers. My treatment consisted of acupuncture and ultrasound. I'm not sure if its because I don't use my orthotics when not exercising but I feel that my achilles- which is what i discovered i was being treated for, is not improving. In fact i feel now I can't run at all whereas before I gave up, i was running with some niggly pain. Maybe, if i'd given up completely when pain first started, I would have healed more quickly. I just can't see an end to this problem at the moment and with more events coming up that I wanted to enter ages ago, I'm getting more and more frustrated.Yes I ice it and yes I'm doing regular exercises as advised. I just don't know what else I can do- getting a bit sick of paying privately when the pain hasn't gone. Recently started 2 weekly sports massage- great for 24 hours then it comes back again, just like with the podiatrist treatment. Giving this last treatment a bit of a go, before I say its not successful, as like someone else said, first thing in the morning is agony, but after my first sporst massage, i didn't hobble to the bathroom the next day. Fingers crossed.
HI Sarah. I've been running over 2 years and recently completed my first half marathon at the age of 54. I absolutely love running. However recently been suffering with pain in my lower leg which has been seen by a chiropracter, podiatrist and massage therapist, all who agree its an achilles problem. I've now had orthotics put in my trainers and am getting use to them. My chiropracter is going to start treatment in way of acupuncture and ultrasound. I hopefully will get some massage on it too. Obviously for the next 2 weeks plus, NO running for me. So what else can I do instead at the gym to keep my legs working; to keep weight off;keep stamina up???