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I've been struggling with Achilles tendinitis in my left ankle since I damaged it dancing in 2012. In August 2017 it got very bad and I was off work for 3 weeks, and have not really been normal since. In around October 2017 I damaged my right Achilles when I was cycling to work. Because the left was still not good, I had overworked the right one trying to compensate.
Now both have flared up at once, and I am at a loss for what to try.
Last year I tried physiotherapy, but this didn't work out well. The repetitive nature of physio exercises I think really irritates my tendons, and they just kept failing. There is certainly no way I can do the number of reps the physio wants me to be able to do!
The other major problem I keep running up against, in terms of getting taken seriously - I am not in much pain. When my tendons are starting to fail I feel a sensation of numbness and weakness, usually in one side of the ankle to start with. This gets stronger and stronger until I start limping and ultimately can't walk. If I force myself to walk then I start getting some pain, so obviously I stop forcing myself to do what is hurting me. Maybe I am just stopping activity before most patients would? Anyway, when I went to physios they were confused, because I didn't really feel any pain when they were manipulating and palpating my tendons to diagnose me. They went with Achilles tendinitis because of the location of the symptoms I do have.
Currently I am on crutches to try and offload a bit. Over the last 6 months my ankles have fluctuated quite a bit. I had periods when they improved and I started cycling to work again, then something that seems really minor happens, like I wore a smart pair of shoes for a day, or I had to push a bit on my bike to be safe in traffic, and they flare up again and everything is off. Sometimes I could do up to 10 double heel raises, but it never feels safe to do more, or try single raises. Can't do any of that at the moment!
I am a 38 year old woman. I am 164 cm tall and about 55 kg. My main exercise (when well) is cycling to work (it is only 15 minutes each way, and I don't go particularly fast), ballroom dancing (1 - 2 hours per week, but just as a hobby, not competitively or anything), gardening and walking at the weekends.
Any thoughts greatly appreciated!
My doctor says to rest, but I am worried that from how this is dragging on it is more serious.
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