Just read Pacifist-Jihadist's query about his ankle trouble, offered some heartfelt advice and suddenly realised maybe I'm in the right place to receive it rather than give it. Unlike a lot of fellas I served with, FOGB-bergan tabbing for most of the 1980s didn't kill my back. It nailed my ankles instead. I ignored it for far too long (idiot) then went through doctors and consultants a couple of years ago. I don't really think they have the answer. Symptoms: Achilles tendons - stiffness and acute pain. Stiffening very quickly with immobility of even a few minutes. Becomes nasty for prolonged periods if I try to run. At any time, excruciatingly painful to pinch the tendon. Diagnoses: Tendonitis at first; then tendinopathy, for which I had a minor op to clear out the right tendon. It hasn't lasted. I'm hobbling on both now. I feel a bit guilty asking for help considering many of you are still serving and facing far worse horrors â I was visiting Headley two months ago and won't forget for a long while â but if anyone has a bright idea or two, you might do the old reprobate a real favour. Here's hoping. Anything works, I'll double up my HFH contribution with a smile on my face and give my guardian angel a MiD.