Week 14 and the misshapen calf muscle

I am a little more than 14 weeks past my surgery and am quickly regaining strength and mobility. I can do calf rises just fine, and I feel like I could take off running if I wanted to, although I’m waiting a little longer to try that. Strangely, though, as I regain my calf strength, [...]

The Other Achilles

I haven’t posted in a while, mostly because the recovery has been going so well. It has been 10 weeks since my surgery, and I am walking in two shoes, without a limp. Physical therapy has been incredibly helpful, and my ability to walk is returning just in time for the warm weather. After getting [...]

Overdue Cast Removal

After the surgery, I was in a cast a total of four weeks, which turned out to be about one week too many. I had the second cast removed yesterday, 30 days after the operation. A few days prior to removal, I started to experience severe itching and irritation, caused by hair regrowing around the [...]

The Itching

Here is a rough timeline of my post-op experience so far:

Day 1: Extreme post-op pain that fades within 24 hours
Days 2-18: Fairly easy and pain free
Day 19: Area around wound begins to itch
Day 21: Itching spreads to entire leg as hair regrows inside cast
Day 22: Itching feels like the bites of 1,000 fire ants
Day 23: [...]

Foot Ulcers?

I’m currently two weeks post-op. A few days ago, I started noticing sores on the tops of my toes. At first, I thought they were bug or spider bites, because they were red and itchy. But there was also blistering on the bottoms of my toes, which suggested something else like foot ulcers or a [...]

Flying after surgery

So before I ruptured my Achilles, I had plans to take a 3-hour flight on March 20. But when I asked my surgeon, he recommended waiting a couple of months after surgery before flying. This is in part because he thought it would be difficult to navigate airport security and a cramped airplane while non-weight [...]

Post-Op Pain (Or Lack Thereof)

It has only been four days, but I have been pleasantly surprised by the lack of post-op pain. The pain was pretty severe immediately after the surgery (7/10), and it was difficult to sleep that night. However, once the pain medication kicked in, it went away and just never came back. I stopped taking the [...]


My surgery–initially scheduled for this Thursday–was moved forward thanks to an opening in the schedule, and I had it done yesterday. Overall, it seems to have been a success. The pain was pretty severe initially, and it was very difficult to sleep last night. But now the medication seems to be kicking in, and the [...]

The Waiting Game

Two weeks after my Achilles tendon rupture, I’m waiting for my recovery to begin. Here’s basically what happened so far:

02/12: Injury and trip to ER, where I was diagnosed with ATR and surgery was recommended
02/17: Follow-up appointment with orthopedic surgeon, who diagnosed it as ATR and recommended surgery
02/19: Radiology appointment for ultrasound, to see the [...]