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The Heel Can Be Tough to Treat.

I have a sore left Achilles tendon. My weekly mileage and speed have decreased with age since I began running in 1976, but I am still addicted to running. I'm 56 years old, 5' 9", 174 lbs. I have not run regularly for about eight months. I am willing to do whatever it takes to get back to it.

Prior to injury I ran 5 to 6 miles every other day, at around 8:00 pace. On the odd days I played racquetball, bicycled or used a crosstrainer. I also do weight training two to three times a week. I received ultrasound therapy for the Achilles for two months, and iced it every night, but the pain persisted.

I now only use the crosstrainer and bicycle, though I do Achilles stretches every day, and wear a heel pad in my left shoe at all times. In the past, I've had problems with my right Achilles and right hamstring. The same physical therapist helped me with these problems, but this new, left Achilles pain seems difficult to treat. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Kyle Wargo

Bethesda, MD

Without more info on the area of the tendon involved, it's difficult to say, however it seems there may be structural changes such as calcification within the tendon. I say this because the situation has not improved over time and with physical therapy. Do see a podiatrist or an orthopedist and discuss the advantages of an MRI exam.

Jeff Carrel, DPM

Williamsville, NY

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Date:Mar 1, 2017
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