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.