August 4, 2013 – went to see my Sports Medicine Doctor. Same one that treated me the last time. Good guy – I can tell he’s both lucid and cares. Most doctors don’t exhibit both of those qualities. No new news really, but the tone was different from the last time I injured my achilles. He made it clear this time, and I heard it loud and clear, that this is a chronic condition. What is not entirely clear is whether I can ‘heal’ it this time and then never have to feel the pain again. Based on what I have learned so far about this injury, it’s something that can be ‘healed’ but re-aggravated at any time.
Feeling down about this situation, I decided to blog about my journey. Hopefully my experience can help others coping with this same type of injury, but really, my motive for this blog is purely selfish: by writing about this I hope to clarify my thoughts and treatment for myself. Also, I’m just freakin depressed about this injury. If you read my story here, then you can probably guess why.
So here I am with chronic, insertional achilles tendonopathy. In other words, my achilles tendon, at the point where it inserts into the bone, is screwed. It will never be completely healed but I can get back to a point where I can forget about it, aside from some strengthening and stretching to maintain the future I hope to have.
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