Retrocalcaneal Exostosis

I have had heel pain for about 10 years centralized around the Achilles tendon insertion.

History:

12 years ago, underwent cortisone injections (4 in each heel over a period of a year) which I now hear was a big big no-no. (This was done by a military orthopedic surgeon

Also underwent heel lifts, stretching, ultrasound, hot/cold, NSAIDS, etc...

Not much relief with the exception of the cortisone injections (what a relief, painful as hell, but wonderful for about 3 months)

Have lived with the pain for about 12 years now, and usually eases after about 2 hours in the morning.

Now for the last 3 months, pain has been consistent throughout the day.

Went to get x-rays, and to see a podiatrist... Podiatrist explained that:

1) Deformities in the feet were present
2) Onset of arthritis throughout top of feet
3) Spurs near plantar fascia on both feet
4) Multiple spurs on heel near Achilles tendon
5) Calcification of the Achilles tendon predominantly on the left foot (about 1 1/2 inches) with spur growing into tendon

Diag is: Retrocalcaneal Exostosis and Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis

He said that unfortunately, there was not much further for treatment as the methods indicated above have not helped... he basically shook his head and said "I'm sorry, nothing we can do" he did refer me to physical therapy, and gave me PPT heel lifts

Any advice? Long term diag? Is this forever, and is it going to get worse? Am I going to be in a wheel chair soon?

Thanks for anything!

Stuck with the pain

Posted By James Nash on July 27, 2005 at 11:01:36:

This soft padded night splint with contoured posterior shell provides passive dorsi flexion to address plantar fasciitis and achilles tendonitis. Shipped with toe wedge for additional stretch on plantar facia.

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