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Hi,<br><br><br><br>
I've been taking the last bunch of days off from running because I strained my achilles tendon, which now feels better, but now the tendon seems a little squeaky. Not that it makes any sounds, but when I extend my foot I get a sensation that I can only describe as squeaky. Does anyone know what this means and what I could do about it? I don't plan to see a doctor for it as I don't think that's necessary. I don't want to go to a doctor just so he can tell me to rest and stretch.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
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Hi Rig<br><br><br><br>
Okay..........just to ease your mind. Yes - you need to see a doctor because you want to make sure what type of problem you have. You want to make sure you don't have a small tear or rupture.<br><br><br><br>
But.....for the time being. You need to ice, ice, ice. Take a few days off (about 7 days) then....you need to stretch. I would take about 15-30 seconds of wiggling your ankles around before you get up and walk if you have been sitting for a long length of time. Also......every morning and evening.....do an ice massage on the achilles. Ice massage consists of getting a large piece of ice and massaging the area for about 2-3 minutes. Let me tell you........this WILL hurt! Then you need to stretch the calf - hold each stretch for up to 30 seconds. I would also recommend that while you are just sitting still (watching t.v., reading, etc.) hang your ankles off the edge of the chair or couch. Write the alphabet in capital letters, then small letters with your foot. This gives the tendons and ligaments a chance to push some blood into the area to help repair the injury. Achilles tendons have a relatively small blood supply, which is why when they are injured, they take so long to repair. You will need to continue this type of rehab for the next 4-6 weeks. HOWEVER, ask your doctor when you may resume weight bearing exercise (running, etc.) and the begin SLOWLY!<br><br><br><br>
Good luck! I hope this helps a little!
 

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I just got out of a walking cast (6 weeks of it) because I damaged my achilles. It sucks, sucks, sucks. I usually take dance classes, do aerobics, run, etc, and I am having to work slowly back into my routine.<br><br><br><br>
I twisted my ankle in dance class, and when the ankle got better, I realized that I had hurt my achilles. I recommend that you see a doctor asap, before it gets worse and you are out for several months as I have been. After I saw the podiotrist, I did therapy (still doing it) which consists of ultrasound, massage and ice. I also do specific strength training on my ankle. I have been very depressed about this injury as it is a very slow healer.<br><br><br><br>
Again, I recommend that you don't mess around - see a dr so that you can heal more quickly and don't get worse.
 

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Ice, massage, stretching and rest. Got it. I appreciate what you're saying and I'm probably just a stubborn *******, but I really don't think a doctor is necessary. It's not even sore anymore, but the squeakiness is fading, so I think or rather hope I will be able to exercise my calfs and at least walk fast in another week. I'm playing it by ear and listening to my body though, so it could be longer.<br><br><br><br>
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rigmarole --<br><br><br><br>
A friend of mine in ballet class injured her achilles and also described it as "squeaky." I can't say I know what you mean personally, but I know that she had to do a lot of strength training for her ankle before she was able to do ballet (or anything athletic, for that matter) again. <i>Please</i> see a doctor so you know that you're doing everything you can! Injuries should not be ignored, especially if they've been bugging you more than three days, like this one has.<br><br><br><br>
Take care.
 

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Damn, you people ARE persistent, if nothing else. But obviously you're at least 2 things more: nice & compassionate.<br><br><br><br>
3 against 1, huh? I'll give the doctor a call and see what's up.<br><br><br><br>
Thanks friends,<br><br><br><br>
rigmarole
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by rigmarole</i><br><br><b>Damn, you people ARE persistent, if nothing else. But obviously you're at least 2 things more: nice & compassionate.<br><br><br><br>
3 against 1, huh? I'll give the doctor a call and see what's up.<br><br><br><br>
Thanks friends,<br><br><br><br>
rigmarole</b></div>
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Good thing you agreed. I was getting ready to chime in. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br>
A friend of mine described that as the sensation he had...right before he tore his playing football. He ended up tearing it again in later years, and followed it up with matched set a few years after that.
 

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<div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by rigmarole</i><br><br><b><br><br>
3 against 1, huh? I'll give the doctor a call and see what's up.<br><br></b></div>
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Yay! I hope everything's all right. Really, I'd rather that you're right and you don't have to do anything drastic, but it's better to be sure! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I'm glad that you're going. I was a professional athlete for over 15 years (polo player and horse trainer), and I had had lot of injuries - knee problems, elbow problems, bad feet issues and I even tore the tendons that attach your head to your neck when a horse fell on top of me. All of these resolved themselves over time and with certain work, however, the achilles seems to be different. It doesn't seem to resolves without doing what the Dr. ordered. Maybe because I am now over 40, but I haven't had anything this tough to repair ever.<br><br><br><br>
You don't want things to get worse, because it will take you out.<br><br><br><br>
Good luck and let us know what the doc says!
 

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I get the same thing occasionally from cycling alot, it is a result of straining and inflammation. Best thing to do is give it a rest from strenuous activity and apply ice to ease inflammation.<br><br><br><br>
That squeaking you feel is the first step of full blown tendinitis so do give yourself the rest you need!<br><br><br><br>
Ken Harper<br><br><a href="http://www.chopchop.ca" target="_blank">www.chopchop.ca</a>
 
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