Well on the 1st August 2010 I thought my athletic career came to a screeching end
Now for a quick intro on my life, well I’m an elite 26 year old female high-jumper (Olympian) and I ruptured my Achilles tendon while training for the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
I was walking back to do another rep when all of sudden i hear a ”POP” and I came tumbling down to Earth with a thud :( YES i did it walking!!!. I knew straight away it was going to be serious and it was either my Achilles or calf muscle on my right leg and it just happened to be my take off foot as well.
I could walk straight away after i did and just had major pain in my calf and couldn’t push through my toes. Being a Sunday I was taken to hospital ASAP where I was diagnosed with a partial tendon rupture and when straight into a half plaster cast, front slab to prevent tearing the tendon all the way through and was informed I would require surgery straight away if it was required. So I hobbled home on crutches and waited till Monday.
Monday 2nd August 2010
So Monday Came and went where i saw a family friend and doctor who booked me into an MRI on Tuesday and an appt. with an Orthopedic surgeon on the Wednesday. He then continued to look at my Achilles and removed the front slab of plaster, he then preformed the Thompson test from where my leg went from bad to worse. There was no movement what so ever, meaning it was a full rupture. There i left on my crutches after the surgeon informed him i can continue to weight bare on it, till i saw as once it’s ruptured you can’t do any more damage on it and that there was no such thing as a partial tear :s
Tuesday 3rd August 2010
It’s MRI time!!!!! Results confirming my nightmare: Recent complete tear of the Achilles tendon 8 cm above the insertion with intra-tendinous gap of approx. 1 cm. FML
Wednesday 4th August 2010
Appt with the surgeon who also is a sports surgeon and does the Australian cricketers (I knew I was in great hands). I was presented with two options surgery and non-surgery. Non-surgery would take longer to heal and the chances of the tendon repairing longer then usual was an extremely high factor, meaning I wouldn’t be able to generate the same power and strength through it, also making it slower. Being on my take-off leg and being a jumper i wasn’t going to the take risk and further more there was a 20% chance of a re-rupture.
Surgery would mean a 2% chance of a re-rupture and the tendon repairing to it’s full strength in 12 weeks. I was also informed should i have the plantaris tendon, they will use that to repair it, making it stronger and aid in a quicker recovery. However not many people have this tendon, it also doesn’t serve a purpose in the foot. We also have one in the wrist.
Surgery would also mean plaster cast and crutches for 2 weeks after surgery then a boot for the following 6 weeks, along with daily injections for 15 days to prevent blood clots. Surgery booked for August 13th.