Achilles Tendon Infection

My username is “brahmadrummer” and  I’d like to share my story that I am currently going thru with my Achilles tendon infection.
Basically a long story long, what happened is I had blisters/rubs on the bottoms of my feet and heel area from hunting/hiking. Then two weeks after
my hunt, me and a buddy were ripping our side-by-side Rzr’s thru arroyo’s of west Albuquerque. We ran into a pool of water with lots of mud surrounding it. Unfortunately we got stuck badly and spent the better part of 2 days getting them out.  We ended up being in the mud for about 3 to 4 hours those 2 days. I didn’t think anything about my blisters or open wounds on my feet/ankle area. Then approximately 9 days later on a Wednesday, I woke up slightly limping
and not knowing why??? It went from a slight limp Wednesday morning to hardly being able to walk on it that night. Needless to say it kept me up all night, and by Friday morning the pain was unbearable and excruciating! So my wife took me to urgent care which the nurse practitioner prescribed some meds and crutches and said if it gets worse to go to the emergency. Saturday morning things did not get better so we went to the hospital. After an ultra-sound, x-ray and MRI, the doc said that my Achilles tendon was 40% torn but more than that, I had an infection in the Achilles tendon area. So on Sunday they proceeded with surgery to clear out the three pockets of fluid that were filled with puss. After the surgery the Doctor said that I did not have a partially torn Achilles tendon and that the tendon was intact. The doc said that the infection had abscessed, so I stayed in the hospital a total of 5 days which I was on I.V. Antibiotics until my blood levels were back to normal ranges. I stayed on oral antibiotics for two more weeks at home. So on what I thought was going to be my last follow up doc appointment, the doctor was checking my incision area. Things did not look good and he told me that he thought that I may possibly have a re-infection! So back to the hospital I went, after another MRI, the results came back that I had another abscess in my actual Achilles tendon. After my second surgery the doctor said that the infection caused necrosis in my Achilles tendon and that he had to cut out 70% of the tendon, (yikes)!!! They left the incision open and packed it with a powdered type of antibiotic, gauge and wrapped it. Four days after my second surgery I went in for a 3rd surgery to re-inspect, wash out and close up the wound. I spent 7 days in the hospital on that visit and currently have been home now just shy of 4 weeks after the 3rd surgery. The second time going in for the re-infection, the Infectious/Disease unit was involved and have been doing antibiotics thru a PICC line from home.
I received great news from both my surgeon and the Infectious/Disease unit Doctor this week, they said that the infection has cleared and my blood work came back to normal ranges (Yah!) So now I start the road to recovery and
will start therapy next Thursday the 26th. My situation is quit RARE according to all the doctors involved and I wanted to get my story out there. If anyone has a story similar to mine I would love to hear it . . .
Thanks, Steve

2 Responses to “Achilles Tendon Infection”

  1. YIKES! That is quite a story. I haven’t heard of anything similar and I’m sorry you had to go through all this. Happy to hear you’re on the road to recovery - hope its a smooth one!

  2. Holy crap!! That’s a new one.

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