Achilles Tendon Rupture Recovery

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Achilles Timeline Widget

If you look carefully to the on the right sidebar of this page, you’ll see that there is a “widget” called Achilles Timeline
This is a widget that I created that keeps track how long it has been since my ATR and how long it has been since my surgery.

Achilles Timeline Widget

You can also add this to your sidebar, and it’ll keep track of your dates as well.

If you’ve just created your blog, go to your blog first to log in.

If you log in from the main site: http://achillesblog.com, it’ll put you in the “restricted” administrative page for the main site. So you’ll can instead go to:
http:/achillesblog/username/wp-admin
(replace username with your user name)

For me, it would be: http://achillesblog.com/dennis/wp-admin
For kristinatl, it would be: http://achillesblog.com/kristinatl/wp-admin

To setup the Achilles Timeline Widget, after you login, click on “Users” on the top far right-hand side. Once you click on “Users”, you’ll see 4 sub-menus. One of them is “Your Achilles Profile”. If you click on it, you’ll see the page “AchillesBlog User Profile”.

Please enter your Achilles information there.

Make sure you click “Update Options” when done. (image showing a sample user):

(The pictures shows “Profile” that’s circled in green where actually “Users” is supposed to be.. I am reusing a different image.)
Your Achilles Profile

Now you have to “activate” the plugin: Achilles Info Display Widget:

(Update: If your blog was created after August 6th, 2008 then you don’t have to activate it any more.  It’s already done for you during the sign-up.)

(Note: the admin-console layout changed a bit after the upgrade.)
Activate Achilles Widget Plugin

Lastly, from the “Design” tab, go to “Widgets” sub-tab.

You can see all the available widgets on the left side, and the current widgets that you are using on the right side.

On the right side, you’ll also see a pulldown menu, showing different sidebars where you can add the widgets to.

On the left side, (the Available Widgets) you should see the widget called “ATR Timeline”, and add it to any of the themes and any of its sidebars you want by clicking the “Add”. When you do that, you’ll see that widget added to the list on the right side. You can drag it and reorder how the widgets appear.

Then click “Save Changes” , and that should be it. You should be able to see the widgets appear on your blog.

As an added bonus, you’ll now see your Achilles information on the NYC Marathon Achilles recovery tracker.

If you have any questions or you want me to do this for you on your behalf, please let me know.

I have more things planned, including the progress tracker. Also, any suggestions or feedback is greatly appreciated. ;)

115 Comments

115 responses so far ↓

  • 1 kristinatl // Apr 25, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    Dennis-Hey there! I’m pretty good at PC things and I tried to follow your instructions. Login then go to Users\Your Achilles Profile, but I couldn’t find this. Can you pretty pls set this up for me. Sorry to ask for your help. Your site is great by the way! You can set it up however you’d like. :) Thx

  • 2 dennis // Apr 26, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    kristinatl - I’ve enabled them on your page.
    You can check it on:
    http://achillesblog.com/kristinatl

    You can also see your information on :
    http://achillesblog.com/atrpt.php

  • 3 dennis // Apr 26, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    kristinatl -

    I fixed the instructions on how to setup the Achilles Timeline Widget, so it’s more straightforward.

    I’ve already setup your page with the widgets, but can you please follow along with the instructions and see if you are able to find the right settings to change?

    If one person actually speak out about unclear instructions, then it’s probably true that there are many more that have experienced the problem and didn’t say anything about it. (Probably several orders of magnitude more..) Yikes! :(

  • 4 dennis // Apr 28, 2008 at 1:33 am

    Anyone seeing weirdness with the site-wide comments?
    The comment editing plugin on IE sometimes displays white background patches on the right sidebar for me, and I wanted to know if it’s just me.

    By the way, you can now enter your “Which leg?” information from “Your Achilles Profile”

  • 5 dennis // May 12, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    tennisjunkie - when was your date of achilles rupture..?

  • 6 dennis // May 21, 2008 at 2:25 am

    Recovery List has been added to the main site!

    On http://achillesblog.com/ you’ll see a list of Achilles Bloggers and their current weight -bearing status.

    The information is directly gathered from your Achilles Profile so if it’s not up-to-date, please update your Achilles Profile.

    I’ve written it as a widget so you can also add it to your blog if you like.

  • 7 eriedutchgirl // May 21, 2008 at 9:37 am

    Dennis,

    Nice job on the recovery list! Looks great. You’re the best blog monitor ever. :)

    Hey–how’d your first massage therapy go?

  • 8 dennis // May 21, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    eriedutchgirl -

    Thanks! :)

    Massage didn’t happen unfortunately. The massage therapist called early in the morning and canceled the appointment because she was sick.

    The bizarre thing is that she didn’t offer to set up an alternate time either, so it looks like my search for a good massage therapist is back on.

  • 9 dennis // Jun 10, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    All -

    Just a friendly reminder. :)
    If you haven’t already, please update your info (including which city you are blogging from) in “Your Achilles Profile”.

    It helps everyone stay current with your recovery status.

    All you need is just an account (not even a blog) to setup your achilles profile.

  • 10 marianne // Jun 14, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    Dennis,

    I sent comments to Hoss’ blog and they aren’t posting– they are sitting “awaiting moderation”. Do you know what that means?

    Marianne

  • 11 dennis // Jun 14, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    Marianne -
    It means that Hoss has turned on an option that allows the blog owner to check the comments before allowing them to be posted on his/her blog.

    It’s turned off by default on AchillesBlog, but you can turn it on any time.

  • 12 judit // Jun 15, 2008 at 6:21 am

    Dennis, could you please help? I cant open up my site, this is the message I get:
    Warning: require_once(./ach-includes/ach-lib.php) [function.require-once]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/valuemav/public_html/achillesblog/wp-content/plugins/widgets/achdisp.php on line 12

    Fatal error: require_once() [function.require]: Failed opening required ‘./ach-includes/ach-lib.php’ (include_path=’.:/usr/lib/php:/usr/local/lib/php’) in /home/valuemav/public_html/achillesblog/wp-content/plugins/widgets/achdisp.php on line 12

    Thanks a lot!

    Judit

  • 13 johnk // Jun 15, 2008 at 9:32 am

    Dennis,

    I am having the same problems as Judit

  • 14 dennis // Jun 15, 2008 at 9:38 am

    judit and johnk -

    I just fixed it.. please let me know if you still see the problem though. ;)

  • 15 johnk // Jun 15, 2008 at 11:43 am

    Dennis,

    It’s a green for go from me !

    Thanks Mr Fixit !

    Johnk :)

  • 16 judit // Jun 15, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    Dennis, works now!
    Thanks a lot!
    Judit

  • 17 offdibb // Jun 15, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    hi dennis,
    i can’t work out how to include pics on a post.
    …or is the anaesthetic causing me to be even thicker than usual?
    any help or pointers would be great,
    great site by the way,
    offdibb

  • 18 dennis // Jun 15, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    offdibb,

    While you are writing a post, you have to click on that grey star, next to the label that says “Add media”. From there you should be able to add the pictures.

    Let let me know if you have any other questions.

    Dennis

  • 19 marianne // Jun 16, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    Dennis,

    I don’t know if you can answer this question, and I feel kind of silly for asking, but when it’s time to move into the boot, do we as the patient purchase a boot somewhere or does the doctor’s office provide the boot? Thanks,

    Marianne

  • 20 Craig // Jun 16, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    Marianne, don’t purchase a boot ahead of time. They will, likely, have stock on hand. Also, my experience is that with the number of different brands/types of boots, that your doctor may have a disposition for/against different types. The last thing you want to do is spend a bunch of money on a boot your doctor doesn’t approve of.

  • 21 dennis // Jun 16, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    Marianne -

    I actually had the same question before I was put into a boot.
    Yep, Craig is right.
    In addition, your doctor should provide it for you and bill your insurance. (If you are covered by a medical insurance.) There will probably be an orthodist (sp?) who will help you fit the boot and instruct you on how to take it off, put it on, etc.

    I hope this helps, and good luck.

  • 22 jonas // Jun 17, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    Dennis,
    I’m not seeing that widget on my list of options. What am I doing wrong?
    Thanks

  • 23 dennis // Jun 17, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    jonas - you have to activate the plugin. Here’s is the instructions:

    http://achillesblog.com/dennis/achilles-timeline-widget/

    Please let me know if you still have problems setting this up.

  • 24 Doc Ross // Jun 18, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    Dennis..

    How about a “Gallery of Scars”, or Hall of Scars??
    Just a link where people can post one picture with name, ATR surgery date and date of picture. We are all curious as to what others look like.
    Just a thought.

    Doc Ross

  • 25 dennis // Jun 18, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    Doc Ross - That sounds pretty cool. Let me look into how that can be programmed. I think it’ll take a bit of work. Maybe it can be part of “Achilles Profile”. I’ll look into it. thanks!

  • 26 dennis // Jun 20, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    Everyone - Please update your Achilles Profile

    Some of your “Location” info may have been erased due to a bug in the software. The bug has been fixed, so it shouldn’t happen again.

  • 27 dennis // Jul 3, 2008 at 2:08 am

    I’ve discovered a slight rounding error in the code that was offsetting some of the recovery days by a day. It’s been fixed.

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  • 32 gonzo9 // Jul 23, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    Hi Dennis, how do I get my blog started? Thank you

  • 33 dennis // Jul 23, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    gonz09 - Hi, please go to: http://achillesblog.com and click on “Signup Here” on the upper left hand side. I hope this helps!

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  • 35 simon // Jul 28, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    hi guys,
    I was wondering if i could have a little help im at wk 13 i came out of plaster at wk 9 i had the op.Everthing has gone well it feels pretty good my physio says 6 months after the op is when i can start running and a year for full recovery, i dont doubt what she has said is right i was just wondering how long it has taken some of you to recover and if you have returned to playing sport

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  • 37 catnboot // Aug 4, 2008 at 11:56 am

    Dennis,

    I don’t have a selection entitled “ATR Injury Timeline under Available widgets. I selected “Show all widgets” Has it been deleted? Is it dependent on what theme you choose. I am using MistyLook. Could that be the problem? Thanks in advance for your help -Cat

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  • 39 dennis // Aug 4, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    catnboot - It looks like you didn’t “activate” the plugins from the “Plugins” tab. I’ve activated all the AchillesBlog specific plugins for your blog. You should now see them in the list of the widgets.

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  • 50 533studios // Jan 28, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Dennis-

    Hey there, just added your NYC and the ATR widgets, but left some settings blank… now they are both out of whack. The NYC one says I’ve already recovered and the ATR one says I have something like 2800 days left… weird stuff.

    I’m totally new to this site. Just had surgery last Tuesday and found you guys a couple of days ago and am excited about the online support group.

    Needless to say, I’m a bit clueless on how to do anything other than activate or deactivate your widgets and I couldn’t find anything to modify my settings to get them to work properly.

    Please help if you have time.

    Thanks,
    Chris (aka 533studios)

  • 51 dennis // Jan 30, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    533studios - Hi, what is the address for your blog? Let me take a look.

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  • 55 westball // Mar 7, 2009 at 11:17 am

    I am about 11 months post op and the only problem i am having is when i squeeze my achilles towards the base the pain unbareable. Does anyone else have this problem and does anyone know a good way to get rid of scar tissue

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  • 58 ep1977 // Mar 29, 2009 at 11:29 am

    I cannot set up the timeline. When I click the link it just keeps putting me back on this page. Please help.

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  • 61 richcarbon // Aug 17, 2009 at 10:17 am

    Dennis,

    I’ve been able to get the achilles timeline to work but the marathon tracker shows 0 miles in progress. I tried reinstalling the marathon widget but still doesn’t work.

    Rich

  • 62 dennis // Aug 17, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    richcarbon - it looks like you set the ‘goal date’ to be some time in march of 2009. Which is in the past. This confused the widget.. I’ve just cleared it so that your goal date is by default 365 days from the date of your surgery.

    I’ve also had to reset your password so that I would check your settings. Please reset your password back to what you want it to be.

  • 63 catuk // Oct 2, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    hi - i left a message as cat on positive vibes but when i logged on i am catuk - i am so computer illiterate what do i do next to keep in touch?
    cats

  • 64 dennis // Oct 4, 2009 at 10:48 am

    catuk - I think you signed up as “catuk”. Just leave messages at “catuk”, it should be okay. You can just keep checking back on the pages that you left comments on to see if people responded to you. Otherwise, just check the main site and search for either ‘cat’ or ‘catuk’ and see if bloggers are addressing you. One more thing to note is that the main site only keeps track of last several days of comments.. not the entire history of comments. For that, you’ll have to go to the pages that you left comments on. I hope this helps! best of luck on your recovery.

  • 65 Tom // Oct 9, 2009 at 5:53 am

    Dennis - I’m unable to update my widgets (change to FWB, change # of target days to recovery in marathon widget, etc.) - I get the following message: The plugin editor is disabled. Thoughts? Thanks

  • 66 dennis // Oct 12, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Tom - You have to go to the Admin console. Then, on the upper right, you should see “Users”.
    Put the cursor over it and you should see “Your Achilles Profile”. Click it, and then fill in the date when you started FWB. That should be it. Let me know if you have any questions.

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  • 68 dreams // Nov 10, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Any idea why my marathon tracker is progressing on the group page, but not on my page. Also, I updated my PWB date, but it isn’t showing up on my blog or widgets. Any suggestions?

  • 69 scamp1 // Nov 23, 2009 at 5:48 am

    I am two weeks into recovery after rupturing and surgery on the 7th November. I have never had such an injury. My leg is in its second cast and will be for the next month. Are there any excercises that I can do do prevent my calf from withering away, and has anyone any ideas on showering with the cast on.
    As I was very active, squash, sailing, golf, fly fishing etc, I do get very down being a cripple, any suggestions for this.

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  • 71 jhc121 // Aug 13, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Dennis,

    I’m having some difficulty with the widget timeline. When I click “update option,” I get a big red message that my profile was not updated and I need to correct the dates and resubmit. In the box for surgery, I put my surgery date. But next to it is also a red statement that it’s an invalid date. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong.

  • 72 gerryr // Aug 13, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Are you entering the date in MM/DD/YYYY format? If you were entering today’s date it would have to be 08/13/2010, not 8/13/2010.

  • 73 dennis // Aug 14, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    jhc121 - I’ve setup your Achilles Timeline and ATR Marathon widget on your blog. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

  • 74 bronny // Sep 22, 2010 at 5:29 am

    Hi Dennis, maybe i’m being really stupid, but I don’t have a User link on the top right side. And I can’t figure out how to post. I’ve used blogger before (not wordpress though) and that was easy so i’m not sure what i’m doing wrong. Help!!

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  • 76 jaspercleaver // Feb 4, 2011 at 5:22 am

    Hi Dennis,
    I can’t find the “Design” Tab…

  • 77 dennis // Feb 4, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    jaspercleaver - It’s actually now “Appearance” -> “Widgets” on the upper-right hand corner now. I hope this helps

  • 78 jba77 // Feb 7, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Dennis - I am a first time blogger - trying to figure out how to get to the screen that will allow me to do posts - any help would be greatly appreciated.

  • 79 dennis // Feb 13, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    jba77 - To create a new blog, please create a user account first. And then, please send me an e-mail (achillesblog@gmail.com) from the e-mail address that you registered with, and I’ll create a blog for you. Please tell me what your username is, and mention briefly how your injury was caused.

  • 80 berlin weekend breaks // May 4, 2011 at 3:14 am

    This wiki still references images and examples from the MIT site. Almost all the content was migrated from that site. Overtime those artifacts will be migrated here as well.

  • 81 la143 // May 19, 2011 at 2:14 am

    Hi all. My first time posting. Here’s my story. I ruptured my Achilles tendon on April 22. It is a partial rupture, but the Dr is very concerned about the chance of that turning into a full rupture. I went to the ER on Easter(two days after my injury) almost a month ago, and they told me I had a just had mildly sprained ankle and sent me on my way not even bothering to give me anything for pain except for a few pills to take home. The Dr at the ER actually said to me two days after I did it, “Well you are going to have to start moving it around soon and walking on it or your ankle is going to get stiff.” So at that point I was trying to walk on it “not wanting to get a stiff ankle”, and I felt another horrible pain.When I went to my Primary a few days later she was concerned that this is what I had done though, so she referred me to the ortho. The ortho is pretty sure that I tore it worse at the point when I was trying to walk on it due to what the ER doctor said. I am allowed no weight baring for the first few weeks.Then they will change the position of my foot every so often as it heals and re-cast it. They are hoping to get me in a walking cast in a month or so. But hopefully no surgery!!! I don’t have insurance!

  • 82 tcoast772 // Jun 13, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Having trouble getting the widgets set up. Please help or set up. THANKS!

  • 83 nickokie // Jun 19, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Dennis,
    I don’t see all these tabs to create my widget? I need some help please, Thanks

    Nick

  • 84 dennis // Jun 20, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    nickokie - you’ll need to create a blog to have the widgets. I’ve created your own blog and you should have received e-mail on how to log in, etc.
    Please let me know if you have any questions.

  • 85 dennis // Jun 20, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    tcoast772 - looks like you’ve been able to setup the widgets. I noticed that there is a password prompt on your blog. I don’t remember this feature for the blog. How did you set this up?
    thanks.

  • 86 thegloryyears // Jun 29, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Hi Dennis
    Can’t set up my Timeline at all. Updated all my other info but can’t find the design tab to finish off setting up the Timeline..?
    Any help appreciated.
    David

  • 87 thegloryyears // Jun 29, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Hi Dennis
    Scrub that..just found it…

  • 88 daisydarlington // Jul 18, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    I had ATR surgery on 06/07/11 — just graduated today from the fiberglass cast to the boot and partial weight bearing! Truly exciting to be out of the hideous cast and moving forward!

    Best wishes for everyone’s ATR recovery! This site has been a Godsend to me. Thanks so much and I can’t wait to order an official Achilles Tendon Blog t-shirt! What a cool idea!

  • 89 Stuart // Jul 20, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Hey Daisy, Haven’t heard from you for a while and just read some of your recent comments. You have come a long way and are going great. Exciting, sometimes scary times ahead from now but you will handle it just fine.

  • 90 daisydarlington // Jul 20, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Thanks, Stuart! You are always so kind to reply to my comments. I can’t get over how my left leg looks after the cast was removed! Talk about the Cryptkeeper! Yikes!

    By the way, I completely agree with you about cold stretching. As a former ballerina and now a teacher, we don’t hit deep stretches until well into the barre. Warming up the feet and turnout muscles with smaller movement exercises until we progress to the genuine stretches.

    I would think this especially important for athletes in sports disciplines like running which seem to require a very different physique and muscle response than ballet dancers. Professional dancers, as you would probably guess, tend to be hyper-flexed and mobile in their joints. We make terrible marathon runners generally — although, of course, there might be some great ballet/marathon fusion athletes out there I don’t know about!

    Anyway, sorry for going on and on! It’s an excellent point and I know I, for one, will be thinking even harder about the warming up process in future. Thanks for all your terrific advice on this site!

  • 91 peterc // Aug 3, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Dennis

    Hi there..Great site…how do i get the blog going?
    Thanks

    PC

  • 92 dennis // Aug 5, 2011 at 12:07 am

    peterc - To create a new blog, please create a user account first.  And then, please send me an e-mail (achillesblog@gmail.com) from the e-mail address that you registered with, and I’ll create a blog for you.  Please tell me what your username is, and mention briefly how your injury was caused.  (The amount of spam blogs that gets created on the site is becoming unmanageable, so I’ve decided to restrict creation of blogs to just me.)  I check the site frequently and check AchillesBlog e-mails from my phone, so it’ll won’t take long for you to get your blog up and running.

  • 93 srcamm // Feb 10, 2012 at 11:55 am

    is walking in a boot with no crutches considered partial weight bearing or no weight bearing?

  • 94 dennis // Feb 10, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    srcamm - walking in a boot without crutches is considered FWB.

  • 95 srcamm // Feb 10, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    thanks Dennis. I appear to have lost some cognitive abilities along with my tendon damage ;-)

  • 96 ranui // Feb 26, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Hi Denis

    The first time I ruptured my Achilles Tendon was during a basketball game in late October 2011. I have since re-ruptured my Achilles exactly 4 months later just from walking on it.

    That fateful morning, I did the normal stretching I do in the morning and as I walked away after completing the exercises, on the 5th step I pushed off from my toes as I have been doing since the cast came off and POP it went, it was pretty much a “non event”, not much pain this time compared to the first time, but an immediate gapping hole in my Achilles was evident and an overwhelming emotional pain hit like a tsunami and flooded me. I almost went into hysterics, just thinking of what I had already been through and to have to start from square one was really hard to take.

    After a few minutes I collected my self, and just accepted once more and tried to look for positives and put things into perspective, as timely as an Achilles re-rupture could be, the movie Touching the Void happen to on that night. Watching that guy go through his struggles, really made me feel lucky, but still can’t get over the fact that it’s happened again.

    But this time round I would like to document the process as I know it can be quite traumatic to have a re-rupture. I followed all the instructions to set up a blog, but had no success.

    Just wondering if you could help.

    Ranui

  • 97 brianhamman // Apr 4, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    I re-ruptured my Achilles 6 days after my 1st surgery. Under “Your Achilles Profile”, should I put down dates from my 1st or my 2nd rupture/surgery?
    Thanks,
    Brian
    brianhamman@yahoo.com

  • 98 uscgdiver // Aug 3, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Hi Dennis,

    I sent an email per the blog page creation instructions and can not seem to find the design tab to create my blog. Can you provide me some assistance to get this going?

    Thanks.
    -Fitz

  • 99 mohebo // Dec 16, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Hi Dennis

    Seem to be unable to update my profile for the timeline widget. I ruptured on 28/10/2012 and had surgery on the 31/10/2012. I keep getting This date is not valid when trying to update next to my Surgery Date field.

    I have put them in day/month/year format.

    Thanks

  • 100 jamie70 // Mar 3, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    Hi Dennis,

    Please excuse my silly question as i’m not that flash on computers. I’ve recently ruptured my Achilles and wanted to setup a blog, but am unsure how to do it. It keeps taking me back to the main menu. Hope you can help.

    J.

  • 101 normofthenorth // Mar 4, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    If you haven’t heard back yet, I think the short answer is this, from the Main Page:
    “To create a new blog, please create a user account first. And then, please send me an e-mail (achillesblog@gmail.com) from the e-mail address that you registered with, and I’ll create a blog for you. Please tell me what your username is, and mention briefly how your injury was caused.”
    It may take a few days, if Dennis busy with other things. But he just set up a new batch — the new ones that start with “Hello World!”
    I hope that helps.

  • 102 bionic // Jul 20, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    What is FWB here? Is it when you are able to walk inside the home without crutches? Is it when you never revisit your crutches?

  • 103 bikerchic // Aug 3, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Hello Dennis,
    I am 6 days postop and still can’t get blog going. Thought I was computer literate but this I cannot get :(. Please help this site has been so helpful in this process so far and I think I need an outlet for what I am going through and would like to share and have a timeline

  • 104 normofthenorth // Aug 4, 2014 at 1:54 am

    bikerchic, did you send Dennis the email described near the top of the Front Page of the site? He usually creates new blog pages in batches, every few days.

  • 105 mannytn // Aug 27, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    So I created my account but have am having issues figuring out how to write my first post. Anyone else having this issue?

  • 106 vball // May 14, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    i’m stuck on this page. if i go to link for blog, i don’t see where it lets me create one?

  • 107 bbains2 // May 14, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    Hi guys…I am also struggling to figure out how I can start a blog. I recently tore my achilles tendon playing basketball (tore on 5/2…surgery on 5/5 & first post-op on 5/18). I’ve played all my life and even some college ball. I am in utter shock and feel like this is my punishment for something. I have spent a lot of time on this blog, and I really enjoy reading everyone’s story. Never thought I would be a blogger, but I think it will help me get through this. I created a user name and have my own password. Thanks for the help. Looking forward to the day I can dunk a basketball again.

  • 108 glenskieus // May 14, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    Hi Guys! You need to email Dennis to make you a blog page first. He’s the only one who can make it to limit the spammers on this site. After that you can edit and change the appearance. Good luck and Happy Healing.

  • 109 hpenning // May 21, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    Hello! I think I created a blog, but don’t see how to choose widgets, design, or create a blog entry.

  • 110 debbiererupture // Aug 22, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    Hi I set up a profile and I am having problems posting. It says I need to set up Gears. When I click on it there no real dirrection and google states they have been discontunued. I am not a computer wiz .. looking for some help! Thank you

  • 111 amag3232 // Nov 28, 2015 at 9:08 am

    Ive added info up until the “design” tab. I don’t see it anywhere! Trying to display the nyc tracker on my page…..

  • 112 tennisgirl // May 12, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    HI ..I need some assistance with setting up an Achilles blog. Apparently I don’t know how to. I’ve set up the login and profile and don’t know what to do next
    Thanks
    Tennisgirl

  • 113 lbcdan // May 13, 2016 at 4:32 am

    Don’t worry, I had the same problem. The third paragraph on the main page has an email you must write to.

  • 114 atr2011 // Jun 6, 2017 at 9:46 am

    Hi Dennis, I am having trouble on creating a blog. Not sure where to find it. Can you help me get started?

  • 115 cserpent // Jun 6, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Follow instructions on the first page on how to get a blog started atr2011 …

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