Treatment for Achilles Heel pain
This post contains a video of a medical procedure. If that kind of thing bothers you, you can read the post until the video, which is at the end.
I have been training for my first marathon. It’s no surprise that a lot of runners get aches and pains along with their training. I normally complain either about my right knee, or my right ankle, but with the increase in mileage, I developed some new pain in my Achilles tendon, in one of the spots where it attaches to the calcaneous (heel bone).
I went and had an xray done, and lo and behold, there are calcifications (calcium deposits) in the tendon area. Needless to say, that area gets really inflamed when I am running, especially long distances. This is the image of the xray. If you look where the arrow is, you will see the little pieces of calcium. Those little babies are what is causing the issue.
I saw a friend of mine who is a Podiatrist, Dr Dennis Claire DPM. He ordered the x-rays and then we discussed the results. He mentioned a procedure called Prolotherapy. Of course I came home and sat right down at the MAC to do some googling. Basically the procedure entails injecting something into the tendon area, to hopefully get the body to start healing itself naturally. The body sees the liquid as something foreign that it wants to be rid of and the healing process starts. There are different solutions that can be injected, all the way from a simple saline solution, to stem cells.
Since my pain is increasing with my mileage, and there’s another month till the marathon, (Oct 5th) I opted for the procedure. There is no guarantee that it will even work, but it is worth a try. I made my appt and went in this afternoon. There is no prepping ahead of time, the dr just needs to be able to get at your heel.
Dr Claire first sprayed the skin with a numbing spray that really did the job. Boy wouldn’t it be nice to have some of that every time something hurt when running! 😉 Then he went with some lidocaine for numbing inside, and just plain saline. Basically then, it involves poking holes in the tendon and around the tendon area while injecting the solution.
Did it hurt? Honestly, just the first poke. After that I was hanging on to the chair for dear life, and didn’t feel a thing. I kept waiting for it to REALLY hurt… but was totally surprised when he said he was done. I had my daughter come with me to drive, in case I wasn’t feeling well afterwards. She took the video for me. 🙂
VIDEO AND PICTURES BELOW:
(don’t look if you don’t like needles!)