July 7, 2008 · 3 Comments

Hi all,

        My Name is Anthony, i am from Sydney Australia and iam 36 years old. I ruptured my achilles on the 3rd may but i only just found this site now so i thought i would share my story, you have probably heard this a thousand times before. I was playing soccer for about 15 mins and had just passed the ball, when i felt major pain in my right ankle. Initially i thought someone had slid into me from behind. However when i turned around there was no one there. At the time i was not sure what was wrong with me as i have had strains and bumps before, but i knew this was different.

 So saturday night i went to the doctors to see about the injury and he gave me the wonderful news that my achilles was ruptured. So monday morning i was straight into see the surgeon who confirmed the fantastic news that indeed my achilles was ruptured, so he scheduled me in for surgery on the thursday as he didnt want to operate on me untill me swelling had gone down.

So i have the surgery on the thursday which took about 2 hours. After the surgery, i woke up in recovery with no problems and relatively little pain (still high on the drugs). The next day the surgeon comes into see me, he tells me that not only had my achilles ruptured but it had also detached from the calf muscle and the foot bone. Which means that he had to screw a metal acnchor to my foot to reattach the achilles. So i went home next day with a bag full of drugs for the pain and one intersting thing was that because my achilles had detached from the calf and the foot i had DVT concerns. This meant for the first 3 weeks i was home i had to give myself a needle to thin my blood out. If anyone out there has ever had to give themselves a needle know how hard this can be. My hat comes off for all the diabetics in the world who have to do that every day for the rest of their lives.

I had a cast on for 7 weeks and now i am in a walking boot which i have to wear for 6 weeks in total (i have 4 more weeks to go). So in total i will have had something on my right leg for 13 weeks, which as you all know is just fantastic. At least with the boot on i can walk around without crutches which is great. When they took the cast off the foot had lots of dead skin on it which is still sought of flaking off even now. I can only start physio today and  have my first appointment at 5 pm so not sure what to expect as the surgeon has said i can only do light physio untill the boot comes off.

So if anyone out there wants to let me know what to expect in regard to physio that would be appreciated.

Anyway i suppose its welcome to club for me, not that i really wanted to join but its kind of nice to know others are out there going through a similar thing. I look forward to any feedback from anyone.


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  • paigefifi1 // Jul 7th 2008 at 5:52 pm

    Join in our little ATR club. Can relate how nasty the first three weeks is. Ruptured my achilles on June 17, then 18 hours later had surgery. The boredom and pain for the next 2 weeks were nutso. Glad that the pain has subsided and am now more mobile with my wheelchair.

    Sorry, but what is DVT? Hang in there-I haven’t had my PT yet-my first one is this Wednesday. I can post my experience after that on my blog.

    I look forward to reading about your PT experience.

  • matts // Jul 7th 2008 at 6:28 pm

    Sounds like your tear was much worse then mine. With the severity of your tear, I don’t know what they would do for PT for you. I am sure just some very passive stretching and ROM(Range of Motion)..13 weeks is a long time but this is the first injury that I have read that required screws..I started PT at week 4 and I am now at 8 weeks 4 days and in two-shoes with only 6 more physio days to go. I wish you a speedy recovery!!

  • nerys // Jul 7th 2008 at 11:27 pm

    hi welcome to our club you never thought you would join , let alone know about ….. but a fantastic site /club at that .i had to inject myself for 4 days also ( due to having to fly home from hols) paigefifi1 dvt is deep vein thrombosis aka blood clotting the injections are to thin the blood ,i made a right mess of my stomach doing it , brusies every where . keep us posted anthoney and quick recovery xxx

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