I encountered three people in the past two weeks that were all self-treating Achilles tendinitis.
They all were getting worse.
They all were making the same mistake.
This is my public service announcement for the week. Many of us employ the treat by consensus plan. We consult Dr. Google. We ask friends. We call family. We listen to trainers that a friend of a friend’s aunt knows. I know I do it. Apparently, some of my friends do as well. Adding to that, we have the voice of our fourth grade gym teacher in our head; “no pain, no gain”.
The consensus/group think treatment for Achilles tendinitis seems to be: stretch till it bleeds.
The calf muscle group is often tight and needs to be stretched. However, overstretching can irritate an injured muscle or tendon. If the pain is where the tendon inserts onto the heel, you can start to weaken the insertion point. My little art project:
Relaxed muscle fibers
Stretched muscle fibers
Torn muscle fibers
My first steps almost every morning for the past several years have greeted me with the soreness that usually comes from plantar fasciitis. My Lyme literate doctor (LLMD) has felt that this pain along with occasional burning and tingling is likely a symptom of Bartonella (a common co-infection of Lyme). Two weeks ago, I began to have symptoms all day that became worse at night. The LLMD wanted to know if any of my symptoms changed, so I called and left a message. Through his nurse, he told me it was the Bartonella and suggested I add either another antibiotic or a herbal mixture called A-Bart. The antibiotics I am already on are supposed to battle both Bart and Lyme, so I opted for the herbal boost.
Before I received the new medicine, I noticed that wearing compression stockings helped. I ordered a pair of Tommie Copper socks that I could wear more comfortably and for longer periods of time.
The compression seems to be the trick for reducing the tingling, burning and aching. Who knew? Well, I am sure someone did, but not me.