May 12, 2008
My injury occurred at just another typical Sunday game of basketball at the YMCA. Everything was as usual, a light warm-up, followed by stretching, and a few pregame jump-shots. A friend of mine called earlier that night and asked if I could sub for his team that evening. So I hadn’t even planned on playing a lot, or at all. But as it was, I played and everything was as usual, until a certain, unforgettable moment. I made a cut to the basket and was about to jump from my right foot, I heard a pop (one that i swear everyone heard but apparently not) and immediately dropped to the floor and grabbed my ankle (or that area). I knew it wasn’t an ankle but i wasn’t sure what else it could be. I just quickly diagnosed it as a high ankle sprain to everyone else and limped off the court.
A few months earlier I was playing basketball and as i was running up the court i felt a pull in my calf area (or what i thought to be the calf area). Looking back on it now, i must have initially injured my Achilles tendon then. The symptoms were the same: inability to put pressure on my toes, soreness below the calf and above the ankle, and an obvious limp. After a few days the minor swelling disappeared and I was walking normally. A week later i was back running, playing basketball and even lifting weights with my legs. Everything appeared normal and healthy…until my expensive game of basketball on April 20th, 2008.