I played high school volleyball and had no problems in the past playing in a pick up game. My company just started a healthy living focus and I had just played soccer and done aerobics last month. I do a lot of walking at work but have not had consistent exercise for a looong time.
June 18 An opportunity came up to play some volleyball came up, I said sure! Of course my husband says, “You’re not as young as you used to be-DONT GET HURT!” Yeah I’ll take it easy and I’m only 45 years old right?!!!
We signed up paid and the game started quickly- I just started warming up- Stretched the quads and a just little bit of the calf and started working on the shoulders. They were short 1 person they called me in right away. I got a few digs in- I was feeling good and was finally getting to the front of the net (on only the 3rd rotation!) My cousin is in the setters position & receiving the ball-I’m getting ready cuz she’s rusty and who knows where this ball’s goin! THEN IT HAPPENED!
What the…Who just whacked me my behind my leg-PAAAAAIN! I fell and everyone thought i rolled my ankle- no this felt different-they told me to breathe and i was done. I didn’t jump, I didn’t roll my ankle- it felt like the worst pulled muscle ever. I iced my ankle and hopped ever so slowly and quietly to bed…ahhh honey “I got hurt : (”
I went to see the FAMILY doctor the following week– i told him i went on the internet and found the Thompson test and that my foot was not responsive-he dismissed it & gave me anti inflamatory/painkiller pills.
I was using a cane and limping around at work for 2 weeks. when my back, knees started hurting and i just couldn’t walk normal-my doctor finally sent me to a specialist.
July 7 my doctor performed the thompson test and felt the gap in my tendon and confirmed i had ruptured my ac. an mri was scheduled and you can definitely see the the empty white space on the tendon.
July 15- the pain after surgery was minimal. the doc also used a graft. my livingroom has gotten smaller due to a wheel chair, crutches and walker- i like the walker- i feel more stable but it’s slower(i wish i had a knee walker!). my doctor says i would be non weight bearing for 10-12 weeks! i’m going to watch a’s vs red sox next tuesday- you think it’s too soon- of course i’ll be using their golfcart & wheelchair service.
July 21st Is my next visit and I will do alot of reading on when I can do some exercising and put weight on the foot. Definitely will check out normofthenorth early weight bearing PT protocol- thanks GerryR (I’m still learning how to navigate through the ATIR site)
You know I thought i would have to be on the down low after recovery and take up yoga- or some low impact sport, but after reading GerryR’s blog I got inspired and want to get back to volleyball and more.
Greatest Fears: Rushing this whole process, not getting full strength back, gaining weight & WORK. My commute is about an hour each way and right foot. When did you guys start driving again especially if you injured your right foot?
Do you really need to elevate above the heart?