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Old 08-27-2003, 08:09 PM   #1
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Question Calf lengthening

It has been recommended that I have calf lenthening surgery to remedy foot problems. What is this surgery like? Successes? Problems? Recovery issues?

I believe the correct term for this procedure is gastrocnemius recession and does not include any work on the Achilles.

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Old 08-28-2003, 02:01 PM   #2
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Silly question probably, but cant you try to stretch your calf?
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Old 08-28-2003, 03:45 PM   #3
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Could you possibly mean achilles tendon lengthening?? I had that done from my calf muscle in April? I am not familiar with a calf muscle lengthening?? Are your heel cords really tight??

Old 09-02-2003, 03:37 AM   #4
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I am supposed to have achilles lengthening surgery done on both sides, but won't do it. I'm scared to DEATH.

As I understood it they section off the tendon and pull it to lengthen it. I wasn't born with a deformity, so my reasoning is if it got in this bad a shape once, what's to stop it from happening again after the surgery?

I have fibromyalgia, and we develop tendonitis easily, so that's another reason for not having it done in my case.

I have severe foot pain from plantar fasciitis and terrible trouble with my heels. I guess I'd rather suffer that way than take the chance of losing my mobility altogether!

Good luck with your dedision, and I hope things work out either way you choose to go!

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