Hoping someone might be able to give me some advice before I go mad.
Bit of backstory (I will try not to waffle, but I do have a habit of it)
Back in 2010 I slightly hurt my achilles. Pain went away in a short period of time, and forgot about it.
2014 got serious about my health. Dropped 20kg and was well on track to where I wanted to be. I hurt my achilles again, this time on a rowing machine. VERY foolishly and without much knowledge of the injury, I tried to exercise through it. Got to the stage where walking at pace was too difficult.
Went to a physio and received rehab advice. Was unable to stick to it fully, and suffered a severe lack of motivation.
A couple years later tried to get back into working out. Achilles pain again, so I rehabbed it ok this time. However, one thing led to another and 2 years later, after no real exercise, I had no pain. I assumed rest was the answer.
Now, trying to get back into exercise, and being 100% committed, the pain has returned. I can walk, but jogging or incline work makes the pain noticeable - even now just sitting here it is aching after doing nothing more than walking today.
The question is, am I forever stuck in a futile attempt to rehab, or is the pain something I just need to accept. If after 2 years of no pain, am I just fooling myself that I am going to be able to return to the fitness workload I was able to do just a few years ago?
Walking doesn't feel satisfying, even with no pain. I had success with jogging, incline walking, rowing, cycling last time. But outside of cycling, the others are causing low grade, but annoying pain.
And if I do need to try and somehow rehab again, can anyone advice a cardio based workout I can incorporate to stop myself going crazy? Even the thought of rehab stresses me, as the last 2 times I have went to my physio, the rehab procedure has changed completely.
Thanks in advance.