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Friday, June 28, 2013

Achilles Tendinitis: Avoid Cortisone Injections

This was a comment posted today on 6/28/13.

First I want to say that I've had Achilles tendonitis in both ankles for the past 5 years. I've had cortisone injections every 6 months for the first 2 years from my local Doctor then went to a Physiotherapist and had 6 months of Shock Wave treatments that didn't help.
Dr Blake's comment: Please try to avoid any type of cortisone injection around the achilles tendon. I am so hopeful that ultrasound guided injections will be the wave of the future, but it will take many years to prove that any injection of cortisone around the achilles tendon is not potentially dangerous. Remember health care providers: do no harm. Use physical therapy, acupuncture, body work, orthotics, stretching, strengthening, etc to help the achilles. 

 I then went to a Specialist and received more injections which only helped for about a month each time and then I was back again for more. Then on the 24th September 2011 I sprained my ankle as I was getting out of bed - yes, before I even touched the floor with my foot. I heard a very loud crack and it hurt really bad - even my husband heard it! It started swelling and aggravated my Achilles tendonitis to the point where I couldn't wear my shoes.
Dr Blake's comment: This is probably a partial tear of the tendon causes or aggravated by the cortisone. 

 I had to buy a pair the next size up if I wanted to go somewhere. It stayed very sore and swollen for months until I had a intensive set of cortisone injections in February 2012. It helped (until now) and the ankle swelling and tendonitis went away but I still have a strange swelling on the top of my foot. It starts where my toes join and then goes up the foot almost to my ankle. It swells and hurts more if I'm on my feet a lot or even just a few hours so I'm going to try your hot and cold bath method to see if it helps.
Dr Blake's comment: This was a comment from the contrast bathing post.



I still have the Achilles tendonitis (in both ankles now again) and was referred back to a different Physiotherapist. After 5 treatments he said I had too much inflammation in my body and couldn't treat me - the more he and I worked on it, the worse it got. The strange thing is, all my doctors etc. have told me doing The Negative Heel Stretch is the only way it will help it but in one of your videos, you say they should be avoided.
Dr Blake's comment: Here is the video associated to that comment.

 I've tried doing them (because my doctors have told me) but I had excruciating pain and had to stop. It only makes my problems worse and for some reason they don't believe me. Anyway, I'm going to follow your advice with the calf, ankle and foot stretching instead and hope it works.
Dr Blake's comment: Definitely push to get an MRI so that we can analyze the 3D of the tendons. Please stay away from cortisone and let the MRI put us into a specific direction. 

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