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Climbing through achilles injury


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Brandon S · · Weehawken, NJ · Joined Jul 2013 · Points: 1

So I bruised my achilles tendon a couple months back and am still recovering.  I still can't stand on my toes or raise my heel without assistance. But I was planning on going on a climbing trip in early January and I'd really hate to bail on the trip.  It pretty much only hurts if I'm standing on my toes so my brilliant idea was to commit to only crack climbing and easy climbs where the whole foot is involved.  Anyone try this before? Is this a terrible idea that could lead to chronic achilles issues or a good way to keep my trip alive and finally learn to crack climb?

Thanks!

B Owens · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2011 · Points: 60

That sounds like a terrible idea.  Foot jams also engage your achilles.  Hiking engages your achilles.  You should be resting and doing appropriate PT.

Daniel Howe · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2017 · Points: 0

Agreed.  Complete rest..

djh860 · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Dec 2014 · Points: 110

Roll your calf.  It will help lower tension on the injury.  Dont try to stretch an injured Achilles.  Movement  with very little tension or force to flush the injury with highly oxygenated blood will speed recovery.  simply raising and lowering your foot will help.

Brandon S · · Weehawken, NJ · Joined Jul 2013 · Points: 1

Thanks all. It's not what I wanted to hear but I know its right. 

I'll lay off, rest, and start with the calf rolls.  

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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