Big Budah’s blog: Seeking surgical intervention

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Man this week started off great. The only day I didn’t work out was Sunday, but I made it every day aside from that. Before this time, I was just doing three days a week, but I am now paying the price with an inflamed tendon from my heel bone spur…it hurts like shiz!

I tried the usual tricks of icing, elevating and taking pain meds but to no avail. I went to the Mountain View Foot Clinic to see Dr. Steven Royall, who is a foot specialist. Here’s what I learned: I have Retrocalcaneal Enthesophyte(heel spur) and Chronic Achilles Tendonitis.

Apparently the spur in my heel is huge and that’s why the pain is not going away like it used to in the past. I also have what is called Haglund’s Deformity. It is a bony enlargement on the back of the heel. It is often called the “pump bump” because the rigid backs of pump-style shoes that women wear can create pressure that aggravates the tendon so the deformity is most common in young women who wear pumps.

Doctor Royall says to me jokingly “I don’t care what you do on your own time, but I don’t judge.” At least I think he was joking.

Anyway, after discussing my options I have decided to go with the surgery next Friday. My reasons are so I am back on my feet as soon as possible and I don’t let this heel spur be my “Achilles Heel” on my journey to better health.

I cannot allow this painful heel spur sideline me anymore. To provide relief I am outfitted with a new longer boot to help isolate the foot from movement and take pressure off the tendon and some pain meds. In the meantime, I will sport a new boot and I can’t wait for Friday to come.

Thank you all for the support!

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  • Mary Jane Grange

    Sorry for your setback. This will be better in long run. Would really get debilitating as you age. At least you won’t be able to shovel snow for several weeks. You and your wife will be ice dancing in no time.

  • Kristy Nelson

    That stinks, but if you get rid of it now, you won’t have it causing more trouble later. I’m proud of you!

  • Deeann

    good luck with your surgery I know the fear and feelings that come with surgery I am recovering from my 12th the hardest part is getting over the fear of what you think it will feel like after at least for me but when its done and over you will feel much better and its never as bad as you think it will be I wish you a fast recovery .

  • Gary in WVC

    Hang tough, Dude. You are inspiring others in the same place as you. Will keep you in our hearts as you recover and get back on your journey.

  • Christine Engh

    I had surgery February 4th to repair my Achilles tendon and also had bone on my heal removed. I now have the same big old black boot on my right foot. Ankle looks so much better with the big bump removed. Recovery is slow but worth it. Good luck, my friend!

  • Eric Anderson

    I feel your pain. I developed tendinitis in both heels a couple of years ago. Physical therapy has it almost under control. The spurs aren’t big enough to warrant surgery…..yet. But I know how agonizing this can be!

  • Mike Miller

    I had Haglund Deformity in both heels. Surgery at 55 gave me immediate relief. Funny how constant pain appears normal. Hope you have the same results.

  • Kathy

    Feel better soon! Foot issues really stink (no pun intended- well maybe a little bit). Enjoy the pain meds!!

  • Froggy

    I love you brother. You are killing it! You will be in the fast lane again before too long! :) Blessings

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