OP, I think you’re panicking and not thinking clearly. Didn’t you say your family doctor said there were no tears?
Why do you say you have tendinosis? You don’t. You have an acute tendon strain, which is just what Stu said, from overstretching it under load. Swelling means inflammation, so acute tendonitis would be the correct term. It may have been the heel walking with DOMS and not even the workout itself that stretched it, because the calf was swollen from DOMS and then you further stretched it under load by walking that way.
Millions of people, if not most every human alive, have strained a tendon at some point. These things heal in a few weeks. It is not the end of the world. With this large one, it might take longer, but then again with a diet with plenty of protein, vitamin C, and other nutrients for collagen synthesis, plus rest and good treatment, it may heal faster.
As long as there is swelling, I would be icing it with compression (like an ACE wrap) and elevation. This really does work wonders. Sure, the swelling will come back, but be persistent and bring the ice back too. I would also apply compression frequently. When it’s no longer inflamed, then use heat to get more blood flow there to speed healing. I recently used an infrared massager thingy on my own calf/Achilles strain. I also used hot epsom salt soaks, which noticeably sped up the healing as well. I would also take 800 mg of ibuprofen 2X per day (this is what doctors always prescribe to me) or prescription naproxen sodium for 2 weeks. VERY GENTLY use it and stretch it (GENTLY) as it heals. OVERDOING THE STRETCHING PREMATURELY WILL RE-INJURE IT. Walking is good because it increases blood flow. I would also eat protein frequently (of course), take vitamin C frequently (it is not stored but is needed for collagen synthesis), and take
chondroitin (also needed for collagen synthesis).
Now I don’t want to sound harsh, but in the future, don’t be so stupid. Having not worked a muscle very much or recently, there is little to be gained except high risk of injury by deciding to suddenly “blast” it. I have learned this the hard way. It is progression over a relatively long period of time that builds a muscle, not shocking it one day in the gym. [/quote]
Hey andersons, u are providing excellent pts. And that is probably how i imagined it to have occurred and gotten worse over the course of the week.
kept walking about and load bearing without icing probably caused the inflammation in my tendon. I wasnt panicking at first because i assumed it to be DOMs in my calves, thats it. I couldn’t really associate the pain at first, but yes after i realized my tendon was starting to hurt. I was worried.
My family MD said there were no tears, but all he was a simple test where hed squeeze my calf to see if my foot would move. I couldve been getting partial. micro tears that could eventually lead up to a fill tear right? That was my main concern.
Right now, ive wrapped it and am told to NOT put any pressure on it. My whole ankle is swollen 360 degrees. It is not only my achilles anymore, but everything surrounding and i cant really move my toes.
I will def try to up my protein and Vit C intake.
thanks for the advice.