How do I know if my achilles tendon is fully healed?

Buddybob asked...

2years ago I was lifting a farm plow and it cut my achilles tendon almost completely in half. At the hospital the Doctor cleaned and stiched up a "temporary fix till I could get to a specialist". Ten trips to said specialist brought no action. He just looked and touched and said it's best to let it be. Only recomendation was to exercise my foot gently. I wore a boot for months and after 6 months I was on my own. Well the tendon has attached itself to the outer skin and pulls the skin tight when I raise the front of my foot. It doesn't hurt but is uncomfortable and prevents me from going back to my exercise that I so enjoyed. The fear of it snapping from stepping in a hole while jogging has prevented me from exercising and unfortunately I have gained 40 pounds and climbing. The big question is what can I do? I don't know if it has grown back together or what? My health condition is progressively worse without the exercise. My resting heart rate 2 years ago was 46 now it's 70 - no longeviety in this picture and I need it as I have a 9 year old son. I'm 68 and decent health - any suggestions? Thanks Bob

Expert Answer

Jennifer Serafin, N.P. is a registered nurse and geriatric nurse practitioner at the Jewish Homes for the Aged in San Francisco.

Since your injury is causing you to not be able to exercise as you would like, I would try and get a second opinion from another doctor to see if there is something that can be done to repair your tendon. Perhaps you could try a sports medicine specialist? From reading your letter, it sounds as if this injury will require major surgery, and there may be a chance it will never quite heal to how it was before, which is why this specialist is reluctant to do anything. However, I think it is worth looking in to. Good Luck!