Life at 6 weeks but could the other heel be about to rupture?

Hi all,

well somehow I have made it to 6 weeks, oh joy!!!!

i still have my cast on, but part  of the front has been cut to allow movement and I have a heel on the cast so I can put some weight through it.

so in the last 6 wweeks

i have cried, felt sorry for myself and learned not to be busy!!

laughed at my situation

I have learned to go up and down stairs with crutches my uncle died, and I attended funeral, my son cut hand open and had to attend hospital, my mum fell over And cracked a rib, my son then got an infection in cut, son then Got in a bit of teenage trouble with his non ability to keep quiet with people with authority, dog got an eye infection and my husband has just about lost the will the live due to the amount of visitors we have daily.

I also have a flask and a rucksack to keep myself a bit Independent

i never knew how useful bras and pants could be!!!  The things I am able to carry in these two items is amazing

I have lost about 14 lbs - amazing how good your willpower is when you can’t get to the fridge or crisp draw and you have so many visitors you can’t eat.

Visitors. I am so lucky to have so many people keep coming to see me

i have Been working from home on laptop and have had conference calls to keep me in the loop.

i have a mum who comes in every day although she did slow down after she cracked her rib!!!

I remain positive, two more weeks on plaster and then it’s cut off but not sure of next steps…….

i am actually lying on my bed today and don’t intend to move today, as my good foot is in terrible pain in my achillies, to the point I can’t touch it and getting shooting pains up my calf, so have taped up. Got ibruphen and am resting.

anyone know of anyone who ruptured good foot while recoverig from initial rupture I am scared……….


  1. chris89 Said,

    September 15, 2014 @ 11:44 am

    Norm might be able to spread some light on this more then I can, but from my experience and I hope this helps. I had difficulty moving around on one foot ( I have a heavy set guy) So my good foot felt like it would break in two, but I made sure to take it slow and I did conditioning workouts on both foots and on my good foot I had the Physical therapist also massage and flex it. But the rate of rupture on a good foot is high. I would suggest seeing a doctor since calf pain is not good at all. Unless you have been very active or climbing steps an improper way your good foot should not be hurt.

  2. davidk Said,

    September 15, 2014 @ 12:20 pm

    Blondie, ATR recovery is both a mental and physical challenge. Being NWB and relying on one leg, you do place more of a burden on that leg, which you’re no doubt really feeling. It’s also true that having had an ATR, you’ve now got a heightened sensitivity and awareness of your Achilles–both of them–more so than you probably ever had before. I know I went through that stage of fear and panic of wondering how I would cope if I somehow managed to rupture my other Achilles while still recovering from my first–it’s a scary thought. The good news here is that I believe it to be a very rare occurrence. Take care. -David

  3. Omar Said,

    September 17, 2014 @ 10:50 am

    Blondie, Davidk is right. We all go through that part of recovery where we are all going “what If I injure my good leg OMG!!,” but its rare to do. During the recovery period, your good leg is doing a lot more work than it is used to. You are going to feel pain and fatigue in that leg. The best thing to do is listen to your body. If it feels tired, rest. Ibuprofen is always a good thing. If you can afford it, I would recommend getting massage as much as you can. Have them work your calf on your non injured leg and also massage that achilles and your foot. Also some Thai massage is good as they can stretch and align your hips which get out of wack when using only one leg. Another good investment if you can afford it is Acupuncture. I rupture my achilles in April of this year and have received acupuncture once a week. Even with a acast on they are still able to help you and I’ve been pretty much pain free since surgery. I just started walking FWB in shoes 3 weeks ago. I’m a little behind in PT (HMO PT’s, don;t get me started) but trust me you will get there. Main thing is to listen your body and take it easy and rest as much as possible. Good luck!!

  4. normofthenorth Said,

    September 18, 2014 @ 2:49 pm

    Yes, worries about rupturing the other AT during ATR rehab is common, and doing it is very rare. Rupturing the other AT during the next decade or so is much more likely than doing the first one, though still unlikely. (There’s a study on this site’s Studies & Protocols page quantifying the elevated risk.)

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