ATR in 2011 and reconstructive surgery in 2017

I live in Ontario, Canada.  I was 42 year old female when I first ruptured my achilles while doing Taekwondo.  I completely, 100% ruputured my right achilles.  I am a very active person, teach fitness classes at a local gym since 1992.  Have been involved in many sports my whole life, soccer was favorite.  I have a physical demanding job as I am a process operator, which means working in a chemical plant.  This means, work boots, climbing ladders and stairs, and large valves to turn, 26 -36 inch valves.

I was devastated when my ATR occurred.  Conventional healing was the route taken and a lengthy one at that. They would not do surgery!  I kept mentioning to my PT that it didn’t seem like it was healing right, he kept reassuring me that it just takes time.  This PT is in the same office as the doctor who gave me ATR recovery protocol.  Anyways long story short it healed but lengthened and I had no strength in the calf.  Could not get up on my toes at all.  This created many physical and mental challenges for me for the next almost 6 years.

I decided to go back to that first doctor again to complain, this would be the 3rd time now, in 2016, and was not leaving until I could see an orthopedic surgeon.  My wish was granted. Orthopedic surgeon looked at my MRI, physically examined my leg and within minutes said he could fix my leg!!! I was so excited.

Now, here I am 2.5 weeks post op.   The surgeon said my tendon was in good shape but he shortened it by 2 cm  and overlapped it and sewed it up. My recover so far has been very good.  I had a hard cast, toes slightly down for 2 weeks and 2 days. The stitches were removed and I left with an aircast on with foam heel of 2 cm and my PT protocol. The doctor said I could slowly do PWB but I am hesistating until I see the PT which is a next week on Wednesday. This will be 3 weeks post op. I bought an Iwalk 2.0. Best thing every!!! My hands are free and this allows me to do several things around the house. I have not taken it out of the house yet.

This blog has been a blessing and love reading everyones experiences. I have not seen any like mine and thats why I wanted to share. I wonder if anyone out there has suffered as I did?

One Response to “ATR in 2011 and reconstructive surgery in 2017”

  1. Glad you finally are on the road to a good recovery! What a bummer that your first round went so poorly. I’m not quite in your camp since I didn’t have an ATR at all - but I did have a planned surgery to remove a bone spur (I would call it a growth) so my achilles was cut, bone spur ground off and then the achilles was reattached. Keep the swelling down and do the PT they give you! As time progresses you’ll see progress but it is erratic progress sometimes! I used a knee scooter since I was NWB for 6 weeks. I loved it!

    I do think there was another person who had a similar issue to yours but don’t recall who it was.

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