Ok, I have on going achilles probs. Left achilles for 2 years now. Right one on and off. A rough overview.
2005/2006 I stopped running which ended up being for 3 months, saw the fizz, saw the pod, got the orthotics, did the walt exercises off the stairs things religiously and came back slowly doing a run/walk.
Sure enough the achilles prob came back. Stop again, (I've stopped so many times now i simply have lost count). Did the massage cross ways that I learnt from the fizz, had massage to losen off any tightness, changed shoes.
Started up again, soft surfaces and off road. Back it comes again. More fizz.
Stairs are my friends now, every morning and every evening off them, up and down heal raises and lowers says another fizz. So off I go doing that and wear an insert into my shoe along with the orhtotics.
Started up again and back it comes. And that's how its been. I've tried just about everything I can think of.
Ok thats a very rough guide to get an idea as to the pattern of the last 2 years.
I'm now lost as to what to do. I have got complacent and I have got despondent. And I;ve tried so many things I'm not sure what to do next!
What if anything sorted your achilles out? Has anyone actually managed to shift it forever rather than off and on? If so how?
Should I go back to the stairs and start up the heel lowers and raises again? I'm not going back to the fizz as I know what it is and I know how to massage it. But I could get sports massage on it to go deeper I guess.
Has anyone cut the tabs off their shoes? Did this help?
What sort of pain did you have as this seems to vary? I have degeneration of the tendon. It is forming scar tissue overnight in an attempt to heel and then I have to hobble in the morning as it breaks up.
The pain I get is that I have to hobble in the morning, can't do the stairs one at a time but more like a crab. Then during the day it free's up but it does ache when I walk on it. I can't roll my foot through until later in the day. If I run on it, it is ok to start with, especialy if I run in the evening. But within half an hour it is back and then it just gots more and more painful until every foot strike is very sore and the tendon feels like its on fire.
I'm curious about people that have managed to lick this thing once and for all. I ''think'' after all this time I'm going to give up, but I'm simply not prepared to. I have gone through a phase of being fed up with it and chucking in all attempts at sorting it out. This has allowed me to recharge and now i want to have yet another go at trying to get rid of it.
So tell me how you sorted yours?