Achilles Tendon Rupture Recovery

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Community Achilles Recovery Progress Tracker

Do you want to participate in the AchillBlog Community’s march to recovery on the NYC Marathon course map, but don’t want to create a blog?

All you have to do now is just sign-up for a user account, and you’ll be able to enter your Achilles recovery information like: Date of Injury, Date of Surgery(or cast date for those of you on the non-operative protocol), PWB Date, FWB Date, 2-shoes Date (while Full Weight Bearing), Physical Therapy Start Date, Which Leg, Activity When Injured.

Once you have a user account on AchillesBlog, login from:

After logging in, you’ll be redirected to a page where you’ll see a tab “Profile” (Circled Green in the picture) on the right side of the admin console.
Click on that tab, and you’ll see two sub-menus, one of them is “Your Achilles Profile” (Circled in Red in the picture). Click on it and you’ll see:

Your Achilles Profile

You can enter your information on that page.
Be sure to enter a date for Surgery Date/(Cast Date for the non-operative treament). Please guess if you have to for now. (It’s circled in Yellow in the picture) You can always update it later.

Make sure you Update Options (Circled in Blue in the picture).

That’s it! You should now be part of the Community Recovery Progress Tracker.


72 responses so far ↓

  • 1 dennis // May 9, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    If you don’t have a blog on this site, but would still like to add your ATR recovery info, please read this page

    You just need to register to get a username, and you’ll be able to enter your information.

  • 2 dennis // May 10, 2008 at 1:09 am

    All -
    I’ve updated Marathon Tracker so that it lists your PWB, FWB, 2-shoes, and PT dates as well.

    You can enter all your dates on Your Achilles Profile

  • 3 brendan // May 10, 2008 at 8:42 am

    Thanks Dennis…the online progress tracker is great!

  • 4 tink // Dec 15, 2008 at 12:08 am

    This is a great site!Thank you Dennis and all who have shared their ups and downs. It has been a great blessing and very informative.

  • 5 dennis // Dec 15, 2008 at 10:53 am

    tink - no problem. Good luck on your recovery, and best wishes. :)

  • 6 gimpyone // Dec 29, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    My ATR Injury Timeline and marathon tracker shows your progress and not mine. What did I do wrong? In addition, the “recent posts” section of the main achilles blog webpage lists my post but doesn’t show “by gimpyone” is that because of something I did or didn’t do?

  • 7 dennis // Dec 29, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    gimpyone - yeah, that’s bizarre. It’s showing up as you having two blogs with the name “gimpyone” also. There’s something screwy going on. I am looking into it.. so I’ll fix this soon. thanks for letting me know.

  • 8 dennis // Dec 29, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    gimpyone - It looks like you somehow created 2 blogs with the same name, and it confused the blogging software. I’ve deleted one, and I fixed some data on the backend. I think it’s fixed. Let me know if you see the problem again.

  • 9 gimpyone // Jan 8, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    Thanks. Seems to be fixed now.

  • 10 wilddog // Feb 16, 2009 at 9:40 pm


    I have forgotten my password and changed my email address from when I originally signed upand so when I try to get a new password it won’t let me as it says there is no one registered under this email address. Can you help me? I need to update my status and I can’t get on to write a new post.

  • 11 dennis // Feb 17, 2009 at 2:13 am

    wilddog- Please send an e-mail to, from your new e-mail address. I’ll change your e-mail address that’s associated with your account, and you’ll be able to reset your password.

  • 12 Jessica // Oct 4, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    I had surgery on my left achilles on December 15th 2009. I started PT in March/April. I am now officially out of insurance “allowed” PT and my surgeon’s thoughts are only about more surgery but I need to talk to someone about where I am in my recovery.
    I was a runner and my goal was to run again. My therapist thought we could aim for July but I have experienced severe pain that he could not explain. he says the strenght was coming back and the flexibility was too.
    My surgeon spends no more than 30 seconds with him so I don’t know with whom I can talk to see what’s going on with me/if it is normal/what i need to do to alleviate the pain or if I should just suck it up. I live in the Princeton, NJ area. Does anyone have any doctor recos? Any thoughts? let me know- I am desparately waiting the chance to run pain free,

  • 13 Jolie // Oct 4, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Hi, Jessica.

    I’m sorry to hear about your experience; it sounds awful. At 10 months, you shouldn’t have severe pain and a good recovery should have seen you running at around 6 months post-op. What kind of surgery is the doctor recommending? Where is the pain? I live in DC and can recommend doctors in the DC/Baltimore area if you like. I don’t know any in NJ.


  • 14 Jessica // Oct 4, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    The pain stems from the top/sides of my heel and the runs toward the top of the heel. I know when they re-attached my achilles they also removed bone spurs which may have caused early pain but that should be long gone. The surgeon has implied my achillies was frayed, but to be honest his responses are so limited it just irritates me to speak to him. His thoughts are - the achilles was frayed, i am “old” (45- but have played sports since childhood though 12/2009) the achilles is “anchored” in my heel with some metal plate, (not sure if that is normal or if the foreign object ads to the pain.) I have started to run a couple days every couple weeks to see what happens since I am so frustrated- it makes the pain worse- but honestly not that much worse. Frankly, if I was told I was not hurting my achilles I would continue to run through the pain-even though I KNOW that is stupid. I guess I am just at my wits end and need a decent doctor who will spend 10 minutes with me- run a test if necessary and let me know what I need to do at this point. I lived in DC a while back so I know the area. If I don’t get any good recommendations for my local area, I may take you up on your doctor information. thanks for the help.


    One final question- how long does one have to continue the PT type stretches after surgery? Year? 2? lifelong?

  • 15 Jolie // Oct 4, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Hi, Jessica.

    I haven’t heard of a metal plate being inserted in an ATR repair before, so I don’t think it’s common but I don’t know. I have heard of others having pain at the base of the tendon, and I even have a little (but it’s more sore, like a bruise). When I asked my doctor, he said it was normal and could take a year or more to go away. (My experience is a little atypical, though, and I am 4 months’ post-op from a second surgery on my achilles.) As for how long to continue the PT-type stretches, my guess is that depends on the person and how much tightness he/she has. Maybe some of the others on the site who are further along can answer that one.

    Good luck!

  • 16 GerryR // Oct 4, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    There are some things that are not at all clear. Did you actually rupture your Achilles or did it detach? I believe that I have read on here at least one other person who had their Achilles re-attached with screws but I don’t recall any mention of a plate. My experience with surgeons is that when something goes wrong they either want to cut on your again or essentially try to get rid of you by not offering any help or even try to blame the problems on you. I had fairly serious complications from my original surgery and ended up having three more surgeries, so I have experienced all of those reactions from all but the last surgeon. If I were in your situation I would not let this guy have another chance. Do some research and find a foot/ankle specialist, only my last surgeon was a foot/ankle specialist and I do think it made a difference. Develop a set of questions to ask a prospective surgeon. Make appointments with several and ask the questions. Write off anyone who won’t answer your questions directly.

    Also, you need your own blog here. Read the third paragraph on the main page and follow the directions to get your own blog set up. It’s really a lot more difficult to not have your own.

    BTW, your surgeon is a jerk for even suggesting that you’re old. He would likely call me a fossil and say I have no business doing the things I do, in which case he would probably need to be carried off on a stretcher.

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  • 19 Suman // Dec 19, 2014 at 12:15 am

    I have had haglund’s deformity for three years. My surgeon suggests surgery. I am 69 years old. Is anyone out there who is of my age who can fill me in as to what to expect as far as healing goes. Also wondering if anyone has undergone endoscopic surgery which I am led to believe is less invasive and heals faster.

    Will appreciate your comments and insight.


  • 20 normofthenorth // Dec 19, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    My surgical approach is generally to keep my surgeon in the middle of his (or her) comfort zone.
    For ATR repairs, min-inv is sometimes more painful, and has a higher rate of Sural nerve damage. So it hasn’t taken over, though it is still in use.

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