Hi there,
I Stumbled on your site over the week, looking for information on ATR’s.
I’m 37 and play Sunday Football for our local team.  The Belfry FC. Been playing for almost 20 years and have never really suffered any broken bones, or any long term injurys.  been pretty lucky in thats respect.  Then on thursday i went training on the artifcial pitch as ive done many times before, and 30mins into a mini game, i slipped backwards and POP there goes my tendon.  It felt like i was shot in the foot.  I didn’t release what had happened at first, i thought the closest player had gave me a kick, so my first reaction was to have a go at him for kicking me! he said he was nowhere near me.  Then it hit me, my ankle area was in real pain.  Within a few minutes of checking myself out and comparing the good leg to the bad i released the tendon had ruptured. The rest of the team carried on playing, and thought i just sprained or twisted my ankle, no support from them then! lol
I managed to drive home that night, the clutch was a bugger to press down with no tendon to help. :(
The next day i went to the doctors and they confirmed the rupture.  A couple of doctors i spoke to were offering different advice, one saying surgery the other offering these new vacoped boots.  They did look pretty cool, and to get out of the hospital and done in one day i agreed to the “boot”.  i still want to be very active after the tendon is healed so I’m still in 2 minds on whether to have the surgery.  As good as the boot is, its anoying me now, from someone who is active and continues to play sport on a regular basis, plus having to young kids to play around with, not being able to do what i like even in this first week is really pi$$ing me off. pardon my french.  I hope it gets better and i focus on staying healthy and fit.
I work from home and visit customers every so often, so being soley based from home is not too bad.

Any helpful tips on recovery or on these Vacoped’s would be much appreciated.
All the best.

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  1. Hi Andy, I was an athlete once, back about 30-40 years ago. I am an active woman, almost 50 years old. I work with young people and run a school of ministry for my church. I was hanging out with 200 young people at our annual youth convention, jumping up and dancing with them (that’s what they do). I was enjoying myself when my Achilles tendon ruptured. It was a complete rupture. I opted to do nothing for 30 days. I am 4 weeks, 3 days post op because I want to continue to hang out with young people and do what they do as I influence their lives. All that to say - go get the surgery. If you want to be active again, that is my advise. I am definitely not attempting to be active in sports - exercise yes, being healthy through walking and swimming - yes, but organized team sports, not any more, but I got the surgery so that I can continue be as active as I ever was, enjoying life in ministry working with young people! Blessings as you continue to heal.

  2. Andy:
    I went non-surgical and after 28 weeks, I am totally satisfied with the results. I can walk without a limp, jog, do most everything I want to at the gym and hop on and off my boat. At 60 years old, I am past any interest in engaging in competitive sports but I do push myself pretty hard weight lifting at the gym. Other bloggers here who have also gone non-surgical have gone back to the sports they’ve enjoyed before the rupture.

    Whether you go surgical or non-surgical, the important thing is to go with a modern recovery protocol such as that put forth by the UWO. Normofthenorth’s blog has a lot of detail on that. Studies indicate, that the speed and quality of the repair when going with the modern protocols is about the same whether you choose surgical or non-surgical. Going non surgical also allows you to avoid the possibility of some serious side effects that can come with surgery such as infections or the wound not healing. Plus non surgical is a hell of a lot less painful and you won’t have to spend a few days incapacitated following surgery.

    In any case, you will need to be patient. This injury does require time and discipline to recover from.

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