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jeanne

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Posted - October 20 2017 :  06:47:52  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Can anyone tell me from personal experience how long it will take for a case of achillies tendinitis to heal?
I tried taking about a week off of running. It did not help. Since my job requires me to be on my feet all day, staying off of it is not an option.
Thanks for your help.

jeanne

SonOfRoxy

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Posted - October 20 2017 :  07:34:47  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've had it for 10 years. It subsides when I stop running or back off but doesn't go away. I can run, but I can't run fast because I can't do the work to get there. Sorry.
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Jeff

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Posted - October 30 2017 :  09:44:47  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We've discussed this here before. It's worth repeating. I hope the science (or magic - its like "magic" if something good happens and we don't fully understand it) will help you too! Here's my recollection of how I finally emerged from years of chronic Achilles trouble:

Dr David Costill (Human Performance Lab, Ball State Univ - Muncie) looked into this. What he found was that under microscopic examination the tendinous fibers comprising the Achilles tendon were "jumbled" in appearance in the injured subjects. After weeks of rest the inflammation subsided and the chronically inflicted athletes were pain free, but their fibers still appeared jumbled -- and they quickly were hobbled upon returning to serious running. That's chronic Achilles tendinitis.

Here's the "magic": The eccentric contraction! What's that? An "eccentric contraction is where the muscle is actually lengthening while contracting. What Costill et al found was that when his subjects regularly performed Achilles tendon exercises involving an eccentric contraction of the Achilles tendon then the fibers actually "straightened out" gradually over time and their appearance recovered to a near normal posture and the runners then returned to pain free serious running!

I shared this with our own Dr David O'Keeffe. He of course was familiar with it. TO achieve the eccentric contraction on the Achilles you can do "raised platform toe raises". But, O'Keeffe admonished: Be careful to avoid dropping down on the downward movement -- you want to go up AND down in a controlled fashion so that you are actually achieving the eccentric contraction which only happens as you lower back down.

You don't actually need a raised platform, but you can get a better stretch that way. I use an old accounting textbook as a platform -- its been on my home gym floor for years!

Break that vicious cycle Roxy and Jeanne! I want to see you both back on top of the running game where you belong.

Good luck!

JJ
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SonOfRoxy

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Posted - November 02 2017 :  17:06:45  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've tried the eccentric raises. They seem to help a bit, but maybe I am too far gone. There was a good thread here about 10 years ago about this. Some of the guys were in their 20s and they seemed to bounce back. Those of us who were in their 40s at the time were pretty much at the end of our run so to speak.
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jeanne

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Posted - November 03 2017 :  10:41:18  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you, gentlemen.
I believe I misdiagnosed myself. I believe I had some bursitis in there.
I did the raises and rested. I iced and kept some compression on the area. There is still a bit of swelling.
Thank goodness that I am able to swim throughout my injuries. Although it does not give the same results as running, it is a good form of exercise. That being said, as much as I enjoy it, swimming 1 and 1/2 miles a day gets to wear on you after a while!!

jeanne
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