First Post… A little about me…

Hello Everyone!

First let me thank Dennis for letting me into this community to share my story as well as find help from those experienced in this.

My “Injury” was not a sudden accident or tear like most others.  My left Achilles had MANY small tears (Individual strands) that occurred over time. My job at the time when I can almost say this started was working overnight stock in a grocery store. Being of a stocky build,  I was regularly working the heavy freight, like pulling around full pallets of water that weigh slightly over 2100 pounds.

I believe my issues started during this time, as our store had poor quality pallet jacks, and sometimes you get a real BAD one. When pulling or pushing a 1 ton pallet with a bad jack,  you tend to push or pull even harder, pushing off with your toes.

On occasion,  I would go home “Sore”, which I just put off as being normal with the work I did. In the beginning, the soreness would go away in a short time of rest…  but over time,  the soreness became more painful with my steps,  and took longer to “Stretch out”.  Eventually, it got to the point where the pain was all day long,  just more tolerable at times.  My limp was so bad at times,  it actually forced me to change how I walked, with a funny “Twist” of my foot rather than pushing off the toes.  This went on for about 3 years.

When I finally spoke to my doctor about it,  he sent me to physical therapy thinking it was more of a “Strain”.  They gave me stretching as well as strengthening exercises to help relive the pain.  The stretches seemed to help a little as far as pre-stretching my ankle so I can walk,  but the strengthening exercises made things worse.  Kind-of a Catch-22…

Almost a year later I finally got fed up enough that I asked my doctor to refer me to someone to look at my Achilles…  One MRI later and the results were obvious. I had MANY small tears, all of which added up to about 20-30% of my Achilles. My surgury was set for Oct. 30, 2013…

More posts to come,  after I find out how to upload pics and possible videos with my progression through now…

2 Comments so far

  1. normofthenorth on December 9th, 2013

    Interesting! I was raised in snowy Boston, so I often had a chance to push cars that were stuck — not unlike your heavy pallets. While I was still young I discovered that I could get a nice strong safe push (I didn’t even know I had risky ATs!) by turning around and pushing the cars backwards. It works great, and it’s not ATR-risky! (Electric pallets are even better, I assume!)

  2. Ron on December 9th, 2013

    Sad to hear you had to have surgery, but good to hear that they finally got it right and fixed it.

    Good luck. At 5 weeks, you should start to feel better and be at least, PWB.

    Here is a link on how to upload pics, that I got from Chocolata from Scotland:

    Good luck and keep us posted.

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