FWB @ 5 weeks Post-Op

I have noticed a lot of people don’t follow up once they are able to ditch the crutches and get the cast(s) off. I got my last cast off a week ago (4 1/2 weeks post-op), and I couldn’t be happier! I was so excited because I thought the doc was going to put me in a cast for another couple weeks. The doc gave me a boot to wear for the next few weeks. He told me to feel myself out to determine when I could ditch the crutches.

When they took the cast off, it was pretty disgusting. I had a lot of dry skin and my toes were nasty, so I went to get a pedicure right away. I had suture tape on where they had cut my leg open, and they told me to just let it fall off naturally. After my first shower (standing up!), the tape pieces were pretty much hanging from my leg with the scabs attached, so they didn’t stay on very long.

The first couple days in a boot, I had to use the crutches because I couldn’t put FWB on my foot. It wasn’t strong enough and it hurt. The third day after the cast came off I was able to walk half day without the crutches, and the 4th day, I was able to walk all day. I walk barefooted around my house with a huge limp, but I am being very careful because I don’t want to have a bad fall and re-rupture my AT. I have a lot of swelling during the day, but I elevate my foot when I am sleeping at night, and the swelling is down in the morning.

I am seeing a physical therapist once a week where we work on getting my flexibility in my foot back. It is super tight, and I still can’t get my foot into a 90 degree angle. The doctor had to shorten my AT quite a bit because the ends were so damaged and I didn’t have surgery until a few weeks after injuring it.  I have a lot of tightness on the top of my foot around my ankle (actually more than in the AT). I have been doing the alphabet and circular motions with my foot trying to loosen it up. I do not push too hard walking or exercises because I don’t want to hurt it again. I didn’t realize how much work it is going to be to get back to normal.

I see the physical therapist again tomorrow, and I think I will try taking up swimming after talking to him. I am excited that I will be able to exercise again. I need to get my toneness back in my body, so I can wear my summer clothes.

Second Appointment

I had my second appointment on Monday (4/18/2011). It had been 2 1/2 weeks since my surgery. They took the staples out of my leg, which hurt a little, but I was told to take a pain pill before I went in there. They worked on stretching my foot up into the neutral position and gave me another cast (my 4th one). I didn’t quite reach 90 degrees, but it was definitely better than having my toes pointing straight down. I have another appointment in 2 weeks, and I am hoping I will be able to get a boot. I have been so depressed because my active life has been put on hold and I can’t exercise. I am a big tennis player and runner. With the hope that I may get a boot in two weeks makes me happier because I can see the end of the road!

My foot really seems fine, and I think I am ready for some weight bearing activities, but I will have to wait until I have the cast off. I guess that is why they make us wear casts because we don’t have a chance to reinjure it!!!


Joining the group…

Hello. I am a 36 year old female who is in good shape. I tore my achilles tendon playing tennis on 3/9/2011. I went to step into the ball, and I felt the back of my leg just give out with a snap. The other players carried me off the court, iced, elevated, and gave me 4 ibuprofeuns immediately, so I had no swelling. It really didn’t hurt that bad, so I didn’t think I ruptured it.   

3/10/11- went to the doctor’s the next morning and was put in a boot. I was told that I overstretched it and to wear the boot for a week and not play tennis for two weeks.

3/17/11 - emailed my doctor and said that it wasn’t getting better and that I needed to come back in.

3/21/11-Since I didn’t receive any response to my email, I called Kaiser again and stated that I needed to come in again.

3/25/11 - saw the Ortho-Pedi doctor. He could feel the spacing in my achilles tendon where it was detached. He said that I tore it higher up than the usual person and to get an MRI to see how bad the tear was. He put me in a cast that daywith my toes pointing down. My friends say that it is a lawsuit since my primary mis-diagnosed me, and I might have been able to avoid surgery, but who knows.

3/28/11 - received a phone call from the ortho-pedi doctor stating that I completely ruptured, and I needed to get surgery immediately since it had already been 2 1/2 weeks and I had been walking on it (well, limping). I hadn’t loss complete control of the tendon since I tore it a little higher where muscle took over.

3/29/11 - sat in Pre-Op for 5 hours with an IV in my arm waiting to be taken in. I kept getting bumped my emergencies. By 9pm, they sent me home. This was nerve wrecking since it was my first surgery.

3/31/11- went back to the hospital and finally had the surgery done. It wasn’t bad, but I stayed overnight, so I didn’t have to get on my feet. Also, it is tough when you live by yourself.

4/7/11 - started feeling normal and could keep my foot on the groud for long periods of time without having that blood rush.

4/11/11 - Today! I am miserable and it has only been a 1 1/2 weeks since the surgery. I don’t know if I can keep a cast on for another 6 1/2 weeks. Yikes. This is really taking a damper on my social life, and since it my right foot, it is tough to drive. I have had to hire a house cleaner, order groceries online, and work from home (I am lucky).

I am going back to get the stitches out in a couple weeks. How long should the stitches stay in? 25 days seems like a long time to me. Also, I wanted to ask when is the earliest that I could be asked to be put in a walking boot?  It seems that it varies with every person. I am an active young person still and feel that I could recover from this fairly fast.

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