If You’re Gonna Scream, Scream With Me

My foot’s been killing me since August. I noticed it when we were driving to St. Louis, a dull pain in my calf and a splitting pain @ the base of my heel (not under my foot). After many months of self-treating with ice, stretching and strengthening I finally went to see a doctor. My concern was that I had a heel spur, since the pain was really concentrated in a couple of points.

Well, an x-ray and an exam later leaves me with dreaded Achilles Tendonitis. The plan for the next month:

* Cold Water Therapy – This is the brutal “submerse your entire foot and part of your ankle into a bucket of ice water.” Those screams you hear in the North? Those are me. 15 minutes in … 20 minutes out … 15 minutes in.

* Night Splint – It keeps my foot @ a < 90 degree angle so the tension on my Achilles is engage throughout the night. And yes, in answer to your question, it sucks sleeping in it. I end up taking it off somewhere in the middle of the night.

* Flector Patches – This is really the coolest thing that I got. Basically these are transdermal NSAID patches that I can apply to the area to help reduce the swelling. What I think is neat is that I don’t have to take a pill, but rather I can put a patch on the exact spot that is killing me and the meds get there.

4 more weeks of this.

Comments 3

  1. Dr. T-Bone wrote:

    I feel you!! I tore my calf muscle running with the dog in October. Still couldn’t run after a month. After a deep tissue massage, it was 85%. I haven’t gotten back for a follow up, but I can run short distances.

    We’re getting old!

    Posted 20 Dec 2010 at 10:17 am
  2. terryp wrote:

    I think @ my followup I’m going to ask for a gait analysis – pretty sure some orthotics could help my ass out.

    Posted 20 Dec 2010 at 11:01 am
  3. Jester wrote:

    NSAID patch? Dude, that *is* cool.

    Posted 14 Jan 2011 at 12:06 am