July 1st, 2009

Digging Toward Third

Posted by dancingdoug in Uncategorized

Good afternoon everyone (anyone).  This is my first blog on my own personal journey toward recovery.  I can’t say anyone will actually read this, but I think it might be helpful to have a place to write down my thoughts during this process. 

I popped (literally heard a pop) my achilles on May 23, 2009.  Three days after my 45th birthday.  Happy Birthday to Me, what a great way for Father Time to remind me of my age.  I feel 25, but alas my parts and brain don’t always work together.  Anyway, I was coaching my Son’s Little League baseball team and was doing a base running drill with the team and well the rest is history. 

Had surgery June 1, 2009 and am at 4 weeks 2 days after Surgery.  Pain has subsided dramatically over the past week.  I am in a walking boot, but am not allowed to put weight on it as of yet.  I went to the Dr. last week and he adjusted me to 10 degrees.  In two weeks I think he is going to get me to 0 degrees (neutral position).

The boot allows me to take showers, and stretch my foot, as well as massage the area and foot.  Unfortunately it is my right foot so I can’t drive.  I am lucky however as one of my co-workers lives about two blocks from me and has been driving me to work.  I went back to work full time one week after surgery.  I am a community planning consultant and getting to all of my communities has been a challeng but my co-workers are helping out greatly as is my wife.

While this is a royal pain in the heel (and butt) I can’t complain too much.  I’m getting around OK and my wife and kids are helping me out quite a bit.  They are finding it a little hard to see Dad hurt.  Dad’s aren’t supposed to be hurt right?

Question for anyone who might be bored enought to read this bolg:  What do you know about casting the leg vs. the removable boot that I have?  I asked my Dr. about why he didn’t cast me more, and he gave me a glib answer that he could cast me if I wanted.  (Thanks Doc)

Also what kind of pain is everyone experiencing at 4 weeks.  While mine is subsided, I still have pain especially at night.  I am taking Tylenol.

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  1. wubfree said,

    on July 1st, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Hi DancingDoug,

    I got the sense that boot vs cast vs splint choices are purely doctor preference. The bigger difference seems to be how quickly a doctor gets their patient to weight bearing and to 90 degs. My doctor asked me if I wanted a cast. I sd no. I preferred splint so I could take it off or adjust it. He didn’t fight me.

    For night pain, I’m sure everyone is different but I’ve found that when there is pressure even if it’s very light for long periods of little or no motion (ie during sleep), areas over bone where there is no fleshy padding can hurt really bad, like a bruise. I’ve put extra padding on the back of my heel, which can get really sore if I elevate it toes up for long periods of time. I also change positions from time to time to keep pressure off that one spot on my heel.

    Good luck.

  2. trisportgirl said,

    on July 1st, 2009 at 12:45 pm


    I second wubfree’s assertion on doctor preference. It also seems that if you question their method, they can be personally offended…like “who are you to ask me how to get you better? I’m the doctor!”

    I am one day behind you, as my surgery was on June 2nd. Aside from soreness at the bottom part of my calf muscle/top of the tendon, I also am feeling no pain. I have been in a walking boot since 2 weeks post surgery. I had three 10 deg heel lifts that I took out over the course of two weeks to get to 0 deg, and my 4 week post-op appt is tomorrow. I suspect that I will get a script for PT to start next week and the go ahead to start PWB.

    I have pain on some nights, although not frequently, and it’s enough to stir me awake. It’s always at the heel, like with wubfree. I loosen the splint a litte and it subsides. I agree that it’s probably a pressure point that creates the pain.

    Glad that you’ve got a firm network of support. Like many of us have said, it’s great to find out how helpful and gracious people can be when you really need it. Lean on them and return the favor when the time comes.


  3. Doug said,

    on July 1st, 2009 at 1:01 pm


    Thanks for the feedback. Nice to know someone is in my shoes (literally). I will look for your blogs in the future to so how you are doing.

    I’m not at 0 deg yet and am a little concerned, but know I will get there eventually.


  4. rover said,

    on July 1st, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    I just don’t understand how the methods can be so different. My doctor had me in a Cam Boot before surgery and then again after. I just had my 3 weeks post op visit, they took the stitches out and asked me to stand with the boot on then asked me my pain level. I said there was only a little in my heel he said well walk with one crutch and get off it as soon as you can keep the boot on and I’ll see you in a month. Oh yea bring two shoes with you on your next visit. And that was it no stretching exersizes or anything. I guess I shouldn’t complain. OR SHOULD I?

  5. Pat1959 said,

    on July 1st, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    With the cast versus boot question, I think it whether the doctor wants to trust the patient to be responsible. My doctor originally stated six weeks in a cast, no question. At my first post-op, I returned with a pristine cast. She even commented about how patients swore they stayed off their feet, but came in with a broken cast (the back slab type.) At any rate, she allowed me to get the boot at four weeks. Still pretty conservative, of course. Who knows, she probably dealt with one daredevil too many to trust anyone with a boot from the onset.

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