So it’s been quite some time since I last posted. I still get emails asking about my progress/status so figured I’d type a post here.
In a nutshell – my achilles is good. To the point where I’ve been active without worry now for quite some time.
I admittedly have not been doing the eccentric heel drops/raises or stretching protocol as diligently as I should. Although the heel drops were a 12-week prescription (if I recall correctly from the study), I had been doing them pretty consistently at the end of my normal 3x per week weightlifting routine. But the past month or so I often forget to do them, so I’ve done the heel drops maybe once per week.
Stretching is similar – I keep doing the gastroc stretches pretty regularly, but I know I need to focus on my quads, shoulders, etc. Every other part of my body suffers from the same lack of mobility/flexibility that likely caused the insertional achilles tendonosis.
So, in a nutshell – I’ve got things by the proverbial balls right now – I’m in excellent physical shape – but if I don’t make stretching a priority more I very well may wind up back on this blog posting about how I’m limping with pain again : (
With the weather in my area turning mostly good this past month, and my kids being active in youth sport leagues and the constant evening practices that those entail, I am getting in lots of physical activity. I’m loving it. I walk at least an hour for a minimum of 4 nights per week. Also, I’ve been doing weighlifting, and, surprise surprise, I have added in a little running. I could probably run a 5k today if I had to, but it wouldn’t be that enjoyable and likely would definitely stress my achilles. My wife and kids want to run a 5k soon, so I want to join them and figure I better start doing a little training.