Greetings from the sofa in London!

Leg elevated, typing from the sofa :)

You’ll already be able to tell from the word ’sofa’ that I’m in the UK, sunny London to be precise.

Full ATR playing cricket (Google it!) on June 17th 2017.  I’m now 18 days post op and all going well so far.  Had a the cast for 2 weeks and just got my boot at the weekend. Surgeon very happy with the wound, stitches out etc and start physio this week on day 20.

Some stats:

Male, Nearly 40, relatively fit, runner, golfer, cricketer.

I won’t rattle on about how I did it as you’ll all have read the same kind of thing hundreds of times, needless to say it popped, full rupture, it hurt and it got repaired by a surgeon two weeks later.

I wanted to blog my recovery mainly for people that do their ATR playing cricket as there don’t seem to be many (if any) blogs about getting back on to the cricket pitch.  I’m a wicketkeeper so that means squatting right down about 300-350 times a day on match days plus hundreds more times during the week.  The pressure this puts on the achilles is huge, plus lots of explosive pushing off for running up and down the wicket, it’s a wonder it doesn’t happen more regularly.

I’m in the ‘doing nothing’ stage which I find mind numbingly dull.  I’m lucky that I can work from home so that keeps me busy plus we have just had Wimbledon so that made the days go faster.

I would say the trickiest parts of recovery at the moment are firstly sleeping and secondly resisting temptation to stretch my heel around when the boot is off.

Sleeping…..wow, that’s not east in this damn boot.  My tips would be to take off the plastic front cover (you only really need that for protection during the day) and loosen the bottom two straps.  Seems to work for me, plus I am carrying on with keeping my leg rested on 2 pillows at the end of the bed to keep the leg elevated above heart level.  Sleeping like that for over a month now has definitely helped with swelling which has already gone just about completely.

Temptation to stretch…..when the boot is off (heavenly!) I am constantly fighting the temptation to pull my toes back, push them forward.  Doing nothing with it takes a lot of concentration.  I have words of my surgeon ringing in my ears “you’ll be tempted to move it….DO NOTHING”……yes sir!

I’m on 4 wedges at the moment, consultant fitted the boot with only 3 but that was agony on my achilles so he put another one in there.  Going back in 2 weeks to be assessed and probably down to 2 or 3 wedges.

I’m keen to start exercising it but resisting so far apart from PWB on 2 crutches up and down the sitting room.  I can put a fair amount of weight on the foot so I’ll take that as a small victory.

That’s what I read a lot about, small victories, setting targets that are achievable, going about your business to achieve them and nothing more at this stage.  Patience I think they call it :)

Looking forward to phyiso this week although it’s early days so we are mainly going to discuss the next 6 months, layout the protocol so I can start to set myself those targets.

Atrophy…..my right calf muscle has all but turned to jelly :(  I’m finding it hard to come to terms with that but not a great deal I can do about it.  I live in a fairly idyllic village so can always find a good excuse to go for long walks, that’s my plan once given the go-ahead.  On the lookout for an exercise bike too at the moment, seems like a sensible thing to do having read many blogs on here.

I’ll update again in 2 weeks once had my next review with the surgeon.

From London, UK.

Andy