February 6, 2017

One year. One year ago tonight, I ruptured my achilles tendon. Here I am, back in a boot, having never fully recovered. I’m not sure if I’ll ever really recover from this and be able to do the things that I used to do. That’s frustrating and upsetting, but at this point, I just want to get to the point that I can walk and work without pain. After returning to full-duty at work on Oct 1, the pain and discomfort did not subside, but only got worse.  After working for 3 months with pain towards my heel, I scheduled an appointment on Dec 9th to see the surgeon again. They didn’t get me in until Jan. 11th . He scheduled an MRI for Jan 16th and he read the results on Jan 19th . He located a small tear in area on the back of my heel – the insertion area along with a bone bruise and inflammation. The MRI result reads, “small interstitial tears in the achilles”. He ordered me back into a boot – for “probably 3 months” and back to light duty. It was a huge blow but at the same time sort of a relief. At least I know that this pain and discomfort is not normal. He also said that it does not require surgery and it should heal on its own. I was sent back to rehab for the sole purpose of graston in that area to assist with the healing process and the scar tissue break up. My heel has a “bulb” on it, believed to be from the tear and scar tissue. It’s been two weeks now on light duty, in a boot and rehab and it does feel better. It’s not any better than it was when I went back to fully duty on Oct 1st , but the wear and tear on the job stopped and it feels better. Now, I just hope I can heal to feel somewhat normal. I believe this happened due to my more aggressive approach to therapy early on, and my therapist giving more aggressive exercises. I was doing some things only four months out I probably shouldn’t’ have been doing – like plyometrics. I believe the small tears happened back then and it was never given a chance to heal.

On my one year anniversary today, I’m upset and frustrated. I don’t know what the next year will bring and when/if I do get back to feeling normal while walking, if I will ever be able to do any sort of running again. I’m worried that with any running will come tendonitis or tearing in the heel area. After a full year off, now being 44 years old, I know my best years of athletics/road racing are behind me.  I just don’t like being forced out like this.

My advice to anyone reading this is to TAKE IT EASY the first 6 months and to set your return to a full YEAR. I was stubborn about this taking a whole year from day one. I wanted to be back to normal by 4-6months. Now I’m back in a boot at the year mark and I’m looking at not returning to normalcy for a good 3- 4 months – for a total of almost a year and a half. I’m not sure a return to normalcy is even possible.  I’m hoping I gradually start to regain the ability to push off without pain and don’t have to go back in for surgery again . Day by day.

3 Responses to “One YEAR”

  1. Kevin,

    I ruptured my tendon on Jan 21, 2017; and have been in a cast since.

    I understand share your misery and your pain. I have always lead an active lifestyle and now this has shaken me to the core.

    Really sorry to hear about your slow road to recovery. But I really feel that you are a very nice person to be sharing your sound advice for a better recovery. Thank you. Hang in there, all is not lost.

  2. Hi Kevin,

    Thank you for sharing your story. I watched all of your youtube progression videos - which is how i landed here.

    I see that you have always been a fit male (major 6-pack at 40+ years), and your aggressive approach to rehab ended up being your downfall.

    I am a fit 27 year old male and 2 weeks out of surgery. Please know that you have inspired me to “TAKE IT EASY” on the initial recovery phase - know that you have changed my life.

    Although it is frustrating, I know you will eventually get to the point where you will be at peace. Hopefully it brightens your day knowing that you’ve changed a young man’s life today.

    Thank you and feel free to email me.

    BC, Canada

  3. Alan - thanks for your comment. I appreciate it. Good luck on your recovery.


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