A Right Heel

Alan has been hobbling round for several days, unable to walk for any distance at all, being driven as near as possible by me to wherever we are going. As he stumbled round the boat it made him seem several times bigger than normal and there definitely wasn’t room for both of us. He had gone to the doctor last year during a previous flare up and been given strong painkillers and pain relief gel, neither of which were doing any good. This time he had done his normal there’s no point in going to doctors response to me suggesting that he went back so I rang and booked his appointment and drove him to the front door of the surgery. It was a different doctor this time, one that I think highly of for her expertise with my thyroid medication, and she has diagnosed an Achilles tendon injury, probably brought on by all the hobbling he did when he had water on the knee after kneeling to repair our water pump problems last winter. She gave him an information sheet on the condition which said, amongst other things, that painkillers used long term were not a good idea because they masked the condition leading to more damage and might impair the tendon’s ability to heal. The leaflet also gives exercises which he was told to do twice a day and if it’s not better after a month he will be sent for physio. He tried the exercises when he got home and immediately felt a relief and is able to walk much more easily. The trick will be to keep the exercises up when he thinks he is on the mend as he has recovered and then relapsed twice before.

So Carrie, (NB Blackbird) you were right to suggest that it might be the Achilles tendon – pity the first doctor wasn’t as clever!

Statistics so far:-

2141.63 Miles, 1210 Locks, 120 Swing Bridges, 82 Lift Bridges, 36 Tunnels


3 Responses to A Right Heel

  1. Halfie says:

    I’m glad that you have what sounds like a better diagnosis, Alan, and that the exercises appear to be working. Hope it all doesn’t take too long.

  2. Carrie says:

    Glad the exrcises are helping. It’s tempting to stop them as soon as it stops hurting (and it’s a bit boring doing them) but do try and keep up with them several times a day. There’s a useful one I still do, involving standing with toes on the edge of a step and gently letting the heels drop down.
    I also had ultrasound treatment but difficult to know if that helped or it was the exrcises! Something that causes the odd relapse with me is carrying heavy weights over distance as it must put so much greater pressure on the ankle.
    Good luck!

  3. nblazydays says:

    Thank you Carrie and Halfie

    Unfortunately I may have got carried away and have over done the walking, I am now back to where I was before I started the exercises. I think a slowly slowly approach is called for at least until the pain has gone.

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