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Questions and Suggestions for AchillesBlog.com

If you have any suggestions for the website, (e.g. what new features you’d like to see, or you need help with some aspect of using this site), please add your comment here.

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I am always looking for ways to make this website better and easier for you to use, so I’d love to hear from you.  Don’t be shy about asking questions, and there is no such thing as stupid questions.

Also, here is a link to the FAQ. Scroll down towards the bottom for the AchillesBlog Site Related questions

Thanks!

98 Comments

98 responses so far ↓

  • 1 dennis // Jul 23, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    sheila - whoa, thanks for those suggestions! They give me valuable insight into how the website can be improved for everyone to use.

    I think adding a feature for recommendations will be very useful. I’ll think about how best to do it. I’ll probably write it so that you can add recommendations from your blog command center, and it’ll appear in a separate page, along with everyone else’s various recommendations. I’ll also create a widget that’ll display your recommendations , and you’ll be able to add it to your blog as you have done with Achilles Timeline.

    I’ve created a separate page, where questions and feedback can be added: http://achillesblog.com/dennis/questions-and-suggestions-for-the-website/
    Answering your questions:
    1) do you want to be able to see if there are any new comments on someone else’s blog’s post that you commented on, or do you want to be able to see if there are any new posts on someone else’s blog that you’ve commented on?
    Maybe a clearer definition of the terms post and comment will help. A post is your article that you post on your blog. People can comment on it. A comment is what you write on other people’s posts (as well as your own.) Comments are appended to the end of posts.

    2) There is a list of blogs, but it’ll be all 140 or so blogs on the main page. You can add the widget so that you can have that same list on your blog too.
    If you wanted just a select few that you want to closely watch, you can use “Manage” -> “Links” and you can add links there, and it’ll show up on your blog. (Assuming you have “Links” turned on your blog.)
    I guess it can be made easier by providing a [add this blog to your favorites], and having it appear on your list of favorite blogs. This will take some work..

    Again, thanks for the feedback, and I’ll keep you posted on the progress! :)

  • 2 offdibb // Jul 24, 2008 at 7:18 am

    hi dennis,
    this site has been a godsend during my recovery so firstly thank you.
    question: is it possible to change the order of page tabs within my site. when writing a new page does it get shunted to the right of created pages?
    i do also wonder if some ATR’ers find the initial web page creation thang daunting and therefore never get their hands dirty, whaddya think?
    carry on the good work, and safe healing.
    tim

  • 3 Tom // Jul 24, 2008 at 9:43 am

    Offdibb - When you create a new page there is a box at the very bottom of the screen that says “page order”. You can click on this to assign an order to your page. To rearrange your existing pages you’ll have to go to “Manage” on your admin page, and then click on each of your previous pages to assign a new page number.

  • 4 offdibb // Jul 24, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    cheers tom,
    you’d think with all this time on my hands i would have found it by now!

  • 5 jacksprat // Jul 24, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    Hi Dennis,
    first thank you for setting up such a worthwhile and well laid out hub for people to share. This site is invaluable to ATR sufferers and should be recommended by Doctors!
    One small comment that comes into my head right now is about email addresses: when you leave a comment your email address is seen by the person who posted the blog; is there a way to keep email addresses private?

  • 6 dennis // Jul 24, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    jacksprat - glad that you found the site useful, and thanks for being part of this community. As for the e-mail address, I think you can just put a phony e-mail address like: noreply@noone.com

    You can just make it up, and make sure that it’s obviously phony so people will know not to send e-mail to that address.

    I hope this helps.

  • 7 dennis // Jul 24, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    jacksprat - one more thing. You might want to sign up for another e-mail account that you use specifically for forums, blogs, etc.

    And keep your personal e-mail address reserved for your family, non-online friends, etc.

    This way, you can separate your e-mails in a clean fashion.

    It might be a bit of a pain having to check multiple e-mail accounts, but I think it’s worthwhile.

    It’s a good policy to hold onto a bit of anonymity online to prevent against spams, identity theft, etc. ;)

    I recommend Google’s gmail. It’s free, easy to use, powerful, and it’s really nicely implemented.

  • 8 dennis // Jul 24, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    offdibb - glad that you found the site helpful. Thanks for being part of the site. I am glad that Tom was able to answer the question for you.
    Thanks Tom! :)

    I agree that starting a blog might be a bit daunting for some, but if you really want to start a blog, then we are all here to help.

    All it takes is just a comment to ask for a bit of help to get off the ground.

    For those who don’t want to create a blog, you can still setup an Achilles Profile and track your progress on the Marathon Tracker.

    Also, it’s fairly easy to participate in the comment-discussions, so I think some choose to just do that.. which is perfectly okay.

    And then there are probably some people who just read the blogs and not participate in the discussions, but are able get useful information and encouragement in their recovery.

    I am glad that the site has grown, and I really appreciate the fact everyone has a positive attitude about their recovery even in trying times and very supportive of everyone in the community.

  • 9 sheila // Jul 25, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    Thanks for the help, Dennis. I’ve tweaked my blog and it is much easier for me to find things I’m using regularly.

    Your ideas for the rec page sounds good. Good to have it consolidated, but also helpful being able to see on a specific blog what items someone has found useful, particularly if we’ve been following their progress.

    Not sure if I’d replied to this elsewhere, but tracking a new reply in any post I’ve commented on would be helpful. I have the widgets for new posts, new comments, but haven’t seen one to track new replies on any post I commented on (so I’d know if someone replied) or a way to traceback to any posts I have made to see if there is a new reply. If this exists, please let me know.

    Other forums I have used basically have a post/comment history for their activity that they can review when they are logged in. I’m sure you’ve seen this type of thing. Again, pie in the sky suggestion. :)

    Thanks! And I love the shirts!

  • 10 jim // Jul 25, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    Some rehab info:

    I was looking for information on how to develop the medial and lateral heads of the gastroc, as these seem to be the most difficult for me to hit. I found a fairly short, but scientific explanation of how and when different calf muscles fire. Seems the gastroc likes to fire best in quick, eccentric movements (eccentric is when the muscle contraction allows the muscle to lengthen, like being on your toes and lowering yourself). Looks like I will be getting the jump rope out soon! Some good info here.

    http://www.exrx.net/Muscles/Gastrocnemius.html

    I don’t have a blog Dennis, so I just decided to post on your page.

  • 11 daveleft // Jul 25, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    As it seems like many of the community are receiving their tees, how about a page for photos of members wearing them? I think it’s a better idea than the Hall of Scars I was going to suggest originally.

  • 12 dennis // Jul 26, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    daveleft - Thanks for the suggestion for a photo gallery for the t-shirts. I’d love to see some photos of people wearing their t-shirts.

    I’ve been looking around for a good photo gallery plugin, but haven’t found one that’s appropriate.
    I’ll let you know in a day or two with what I find out there.

    Also if others have suggestions for a photo gallery plugin that’s appropriate for wordpress mu, please let me know.

  • 13 kkdub // Jul 26, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    Daveleft/Dennis - love the tee gallery. My whole family loves the shirts. We’ll all wear them and take a nerdy pic to post.. kkdub

    Dennis - love some of your recent changes, fonts, wiggies.

  • 14 dennis // Jul 27, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    Several people requested a photo gallery feature for their blogs, and I found a good plugin called NextGEN.

    This tool is useful if you want to post several pictures, and you want to show them on your blog as slideshows or thumbnails organized into albums.

    This is for those who want to tweak their blogs even more.

    You can see it action in a “page” here: http://achillesblog.com/achillesblog-t-shirts.

    You’ll also find information on that page if you want to post your pictures wearing the AchillesBlog.com T-shirt. (And you don’t need this plugin, or even a blog to be able to do that.)

    To setup this plugin:
    Please activate it from the “Plugins” tab from your command console.

    It’s called “NextGEN Gallery” and “NextGEN Gallery Widget” in the Plugin Management page.

    Once you enable them, you’ll see the “Gallery” tab, next to “Comments” tab.

    You can add slideshows/galleries/albums to your posts or pages. There are a couple of widgets as well that allows you to add them to your sidebar.

    Let me know if you have any questions.

  • 15 Lynn Tappe // Jul 29, 2008 at 11:36 am

    I ruptored my Tendon in Oct. of 2007 while playing basketball. I am wondering if you could give me some ideas on what type of therapy exercises they gave you to do after the bands for ankle, toe raisers, and the basic stretch. I couldn’t afford to go back to get more therapy and now I asked them to help me out and they won’t see me because I didn’t go through the right protocol. What do you suggest for me?

  • 16 johnk // Jul 29, 2008 at 11:49 am

    Lynne,

    I am currently receiveng PT twice a week and the excercise that I amgetting are all strength based i.e. leg presses, treadmill, bi-lat and uni-lat heel raises, etc.
    Stationary bike work is good also, as is some light road work on the bike.

    Johnk :)

  • 17 dennis // Jul 30, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    Brendan’s suggestion - Required link on everyone’s blog back to the main AchillesBlog site.

  • 18 dennis // Aug 4, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    Following up on Brendan’s suggestion, I’ve added a header that’s common to all blogs, that shows a link back to the main site.

    If you are logged in, it’ll show you the admin tabs.

    Currently, the admin bar chops off the top of the blogs by a little. I am looking at ways to fix this.

  • 19 dennis // Aug 5, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    I’ve shifted down the pages for many of the designs, but not all. If you check your blog and find that the top of the page doesn’t look right (Like your title is hidden, or cut off) by the Admin bar, please let me know, and I’ll fix it.

    There are like 100 themes to fix, and I think I fixed most of the popular ones. That was time consuming, but necessary. :(

  • 20 dennis // Aug 7, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    To those setting up AchillesBlog widgets on their blog, if your blog was created after August 6th, 2008 then you can skip the step of activating AchillesBlog plugins. It’s already done for you during the sign-up.

    You just have to add it to your sidebars from the widget list.

  • 21 dennis // Aug 8, 2008 at 12:28 am

    Recently Updated Posts on the main page now shows the number of comments for each of the posts.

    This makes it easier to see which posts are new, and haven’t yet been commented on. If you see “0 comments” on any of the posts, please check it out.

  • 22 m3521 // Aug 8, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    Hey Dennis,

    Thanks for the great site. For some reason I can’t get the ATR timeline woking. I followed the instructions and it does not appear. Any suggestions?

    thanks
    -Mario

  • 23 dennis // Aug 8, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    Looks like you didn’t “activate” Achilles Info Display Widget. I enabled it for you and added it to your sidebar.

    People who create blogs from now on can skip this step of “activating” the widgets. It’ll just be a one step process.

  • 24 sanfrantourguide // Aug 8, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    It seems to me that many of us cannot get enough info on risks and warning signs from our doctors, simply because there is never enough time to take care of all questions, or even to know which to ask. Meanwhile, folks further along the timeline have come into difficulties - pains, throbbing, inflammation, re-ruptures and re-hospitalizations for infection, even. From these unfortunate things all of us could take our warnings and be ultra-careful. I wonder if there is some way to organize these things, probably under the FAQ’s, but with more detail.

    I can say for myself, I am reading with great interest the blogs of others in order to understand what I should not do. This fantastic resource here has helped me to know that I should be ultracareful; certainly my team of surgeons did not go into any such details. (E.g., the fellow whose cast got wet in the rain, then in the shower, then stank badly after 24 hours before getting removed. ) Many of us may not understand such a simple thing as why not wet the cast, and may be careless in the rain or shower!

    CAll me naive or inexperienced, but I never did know ANY thing about this injury, or any injury at all, until this happened to me.

    Mary

  • 25 dennis // Aug 9, 2008 at 12:13 am

    sanfrantourguide - I agree that those complications and experiences can be compiled and organized better on the main site. I am still looking for some volunteers to manage and organize some of the content.

    Brendan had done a great job with the recovery tracker early on, and I hope some of the more recent members can contribute their time.

    If anyone is interested, please let m know.

  • 26 daveleft // Aug 11, 2008 at 2:42 am

    Dennis, the new setting for the user profile won’t let me update the date for PWB because it doesn’t recognize the 00/00/0000 place holder for FWB, 2-shoes and PT. It gives this message: This date must be later than the Surgery Date. Thanks!

  • 27 dennis // Aug 11, 2008 at 11:03 am

    daveleft - Thanks for pointing that out. Looks like I need to fix the data validation code. :) I’ll fix this when I get home this evening.

  • 28 dennis // Aug 11, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    daveleft - I’ve fixed the Achilles Profile problem. Let me know if it works for you now.

    marianne - I’ve added the Marathon tracker to your blog. Let me know if it looks okay. I’ve also “deactivated” some of the plugins that you don’t need.

  • 29 marianne // Aug 12, 2008 at 12:16 am

    Dennis,
    Looks great…..thank you so much for all your hard work on this site!!!!!! I love my t-shirt too!

  • 30 richard // Sep 8, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    Ey up,
    Grand site. However I’m a blog virgin and a bit confused. When I log on to my site I don’t seem to be able to navigate away from that to the main site to view the general site wide comments page. - Help

    Richard
    ps - please keep your advice technically simple !!

  • 31 dennis // Sep 9, 2008 at 9:10 am

    richard - I’ve added [Main AchillesBlog.com Page] to the navigation bar at the top of the page. You can click on that to get to the main site. I hope this helps!

  • 32 Richard // Sep 9, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    Thank-you alls well

    Richard

  • 33 Richard // Sep 10, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    D,
    Please may I have the marathon tracker on my page.
    Thankyou in advance
    Richard

  • 34 dennis // Sep 11, 2008 at 9:24 am

    richard - It looks like you’ve added the ATR Timeline widget already. You basically follow similar steps to add ATR NYC Marathon.
    Let me know if you have any problems.

  • 35 Richard // Sep 11, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    Dennis,
    I told you I was a blog idiot - it says ‘active’ on my plug in but doesn’t seem to appear
    Richard

  • 36 dennis // Sep 11, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    richard - it’s setup for you.

  • 37 Richard // Sep 11, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    Dennis,
    Good show
    Richard

  • 38 Richard // Sep 16, 2008 at 10:44 am

    Hello Dennis,
    As you know I am a bit of a newbie at this blogging lark although I am finding it v enjoyable and importantly time consuming . I’ve got a suggestion which may or may not be possible - How about some photographs of the NY marathon course say one every mile or so which we could click on via our little circle and hence view where we are? What do you think?

    Cheers
    Richard

  • 39 dennis // Sep 16, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    Richard - do you mean like a street-level view of the area?

  • 40 Richard // Sep 16, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    Dennis,
    Yes I think so - a sort of joggers view(without hundreds of other peoples bottoms!!)

    Richard

  • 41 dennis // Sep 16, 2008 at 11:59 pm

    Richard - that’s an interesting idea. I’ll see if I can integrate it with Google street view. That would indeed be really cool. thanks for that suggestion.

  • 42 marilynrd // Sep 21, 2008 at 9:51 am

    Dennis,
    How do I add pic to my blog? Also, I got a few emails because people don’t know how to leave a comment on the blog….do I need to add something for that?
    Thanks,
    Marilyn

  • 43 dazf // Oct 12, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    Hi Dennis,

    Is it possible to use Word 2007 to write your blog posts? I know it is possible to use Word for this now but i tried to set my account up in Word to access my blog and no matter what i tried i could not get it to work.

    Any ideas?

  • 44 dennis // Oct 12, 2008 at 6:34 pm

    dazf - I haven’t tried using word, but I think there are other blog editors out there that’ll do the job pretty well. I just login directly to the blog, but maybe others can chime in..

  • 45 Pattie // Nov 18, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    Dennis:
    I can’t create a blog. do I need to be a rocket scientist? Am I too old? Wrong generation?
    What exactly do you mean by “append”? Is this a specific symbol? Please assist. I am from at least two generations back from you, but I still ruptured my achilles. Be a pal.

  • 46 maestro // Nov 18, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    follow the instructions in link http://achillesblog.com/wp-signup.php

  • 47 dennis // Nov 18, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    Pattie: “append” means to “add to”.
    For example: if you have a word “clinton” and you want to append to that the current year, it would be: “clinton2008″
    Now if you want to append the current month to that, it would be: “clinton2008november”

    I hope this helps. We have to do this to stop the spammers.

  • 48 Tim // Feb 26, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Hello,
    When I try to create a new blog via http://achillesblog.com/wp-signup.php, I get a Firefox error - “Firefox has detected that the server is redirecting the request for this address in a way that will never complete.”

    In IE, the browser says that the page is not available. I noticed on the main homepage that there was construction going on with the site, but wasn’t sure if you knew about this one.

    Thanks, Tim

  • 49 Dennis // Feb 28, 2009 at 4:37 am

    Tim - yes, this is the result of the upgrade. I’ll revert back to the previous release of the software if I can’t fix it by end of this weekend. Thanks for your patience!

  • 50 Tim // Feb 28, 2009 at 8:35 am

    Dennis,

    Thanks… am a SW developer so I understand these things. :) Not doing anything but sitting on the couch with the leg up, so patience is something that I have! :)

    Tim

  • 51 dennis // Mar 2, 2009 at 1:36 am

    Tim - I’ve fixed all the bugs that I could find on AchillesBlog. Please give it a try and let me know if you find any glitches. Love to hear your feedback! By the way, what sort of development do you do? I definitely adopted an informal deployment process. I don’t quite have the resources for a test environment.. so I am basically running with scissors. :)

  • 52 dancingfeet // Apr 9, 2009 at 10:25 am

    Hi Dennis,

    I recently find your blog and I thought it might be worth to sign up, even so that I’ve created my own blog a bit earlier.
    I tried to enter my surgery day ( 12th of march 09, which looked like 03.12.09 ) however the system wouldn’t accept it. Could you help me please why this can be a problem?
    I also found that you have on the site the external blogs. How could I attach my blog there.
    This are just site related questions, the rest will come later :)
    Thanks in advance for your help.

  • 53 dennis // Apr 10, 2009 at 12:22 am

    dancingfeet - you can enter the date as 03/12/2009
    make sure it’s 2009, not 09

    I’ve added your blog. :)

    Please let me know if there is anything else. Happy healing! :)

  • 54 dennis // Apr 12, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    dancingfeet - I’ve updated your Achilles Profile for you.

  • 55 dancingfeet // Apr 13, 2009 at 9:17 am

    Hi Dennis :)
    Thanks, it seems that with my Achilles, I’ve lost my brain too :)

    I got the comment.

    Happy Easter :)

  • 56 Marianne // Apr 25, 2009 at 12:14 am

    Dennis - only telling you because you asked, but you missed me on the rerupture list. If you leave me off, will I magically go from 7 weeks post-op, back to 12? Thanks for the update.
    - Marianne (2)

  • 57 dennis // Apr 25, 2009 at 8:58 am

    Marianne - Sorry for leaving you out. ;) I’ve updated the re-rupture page and I added you.

  • 58 Smish // Apr 27, 2009 at 8:22 am

    Dennis,
    I answered your questions but I did it replying back on Motogirls page. I don’t know if you saw it or not. Sorry, I should have replied directly to you.
    -Smish

  • 59 dennis // Apr 27, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    smish - thanks for the info. I’ve updated your profile. Now it shows that you are 2-shoes! Congrats! :)

  • 60 rainbow395 // Aug 8, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    Hi Dennis - this is a really great site thank you - I think I am addicted to reading it at the moment! Anyway one suggestion I have would be to add a column to the milestone table to indicate who has had the op and who has gone the conservative route.
    In any case this site is really helping me get through all this - thank you, Sharon

  • 61 dennis // Aug 9, 2009 at 12:45 am

    rainbow395 - thanks for your comments. I’ll be sure to add that to the next release of the code. You mean adding the column to: http://achillesblog.com/atrpt.php right?

  • 62 rainbow395 // Aug 9, 2009 at 2:20 am

    Dennis, Yes - that’s the one - thank you that would be great. Best wishes, Sharon

  • 63 leech1050 // Sep 8, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    hi Dennis
    I keep getting a message at the bottom of my comments, any Idea how I can stop it? See below:

    WORDPRESS HASHCASH] The poster sent us ‘0 which is not a hashcash value.

    Thanks for this portal of sanity, without it, we would all be mad.
    Lee

  • 64 dennis // Sep 10, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    leech1050 - I am not sure why this is happening. It might be that you have javascript turned off on your web browser? I’ve searched online, but I haven’t been able to figure out how to fix this issue. I’ll keep looking. thanks for letting me know.

  • 65 dennis // Nov 6, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    AchillesBloggers - I’ve put in some additional measures to protect AchillesBlog.com from spam blogs (aka splogs). Since some changes were made to the system, please let me know if you are having any problems creating new blogs, posting, or leaving comments. thanks!

  • 66 rutha // Nov 10, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Hi Dennis

    thanks so much for your work on this site…I can see I am going to get a lot of use out of it!!

    I have selected a theme for my blog which does not support widgets, but I can’t work out how to change back to the basic style. Any suggestions? I really would like to be able to see my tracker etc, which I could before switching themes.

    Also - is there any way I can change my blog name?

    Thanks again

    Ruth

  • 67 dennis // Nov 10, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    rutha - welcome to the site. To change the theme of your blog, click on Appearance->Themes . Then click on a Theme that you like, and it should sort of pop-up how your page will look. In that new window, on the upper right, you should see “Activate theme-name” in grey. Just click on that and it saves the information.

    Yeah, it’s sort of hidden way.. but I hope it helps. I’ve chosen a theme for you that you can enable the ATR widgets. Feel free to change it. :)

    Oh, to change the blog name, go to: Settings -> General
    You are talking about the Blog Title right? I hope this helps.

  • 68 GerryR // Nov 22, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    I can’t seem to find a “contact me(meaning you)” button anywhere. We have a spammer posting here.
    http://achillesblog.com/latestnews/2009/11/22/transformers-cheats-pc-8678/comment-page-1/#comment-18

  • 69 GerryR // Nov 23, 2009 at 12:23 am

    Actually there are quite a number of these spam posts, probably all by the same jerk.

  • 70 Tim Martin // Nov 23, 2009 at 4:10 am

    Hi,
    I was wondering if you could help me sign up for the achilliesblog.com.
    I am having difficulty becoming a member. I am two weeks into my cast after my operation and was wondering if there are any light excercises that I can do to keep the calf muscle from totally withering away and to make rehab a bit easier once the cast comes off.
    I am having difficulty in the security question section.
    Thanks for any help.
    Tim

  • 71 dennis // Nov 23, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    Tim, try: obama24december30 as the answer.
    I hope this helps!

  • 72 Tim Martin // Nov 24, 2009 at 5:12 am

    Thank you Dennis, I actually worked it out and am involved now.
    Thanks again

  • 73 Lise // Nov 26, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    Hey, I have a question about possible athletic gear that could prevent me from reinjuring my achilles. About a month ago I completely ruptured my achilles tendon at the end of practice running a sprint and I had surgery in Birmingham two days after. I have been in a cast for about a month and I have a couple more weeks to go until I will be given the boot for support while walking. I was told it was a freak accident because I am a really athletic person who has been regularly involved in sports my entire life. Currently I play women’s basketball for my college and I got hurt about a week before our first game. Luckly I am a transfer so I was red shirted for this year and will be finishing my senior year out next year. I am a key player on our team so if possible I would like to prevent this from happening again. When I return to play I know I will be concentrating on this injury, so I want anything that can offer support or even relieve my stress. My question is, is there any type of athletic gear made specially to secure the tendon during vigerous exercise?

  • 74 doug53 // Nov 27, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    Hi Lise,

    In a word, no, there isn’t any brace you can wear to reliably protect the Achilles tendons while playing basketball.

    While you are not the typical older weekend warrior, ATRs are certainly an injury that can happen to fit young athletes, too, so “freak injury” may be too strong a phrase.

    By next season, the tendon should be solidly healed. Rupturing the other foot’s tendon may actually be more likely than rerupturing the injured one. An ultrasound examination of your “good” tendon might show tendinosis, and there are some treatments that might help that tendon, if tendinosis is present.

    Good luck,

    Doug

  • 75 Lise // Nov 29, 2009 at 12:36 am

    Thank you Doug, I will make sure when I start rehab in a couple of months, I will do rehab on the other leg too.

  • 76 rutha // Dec 4, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Hey Dennis

    I went to update my blog to and change to PWB (yahoooo!) but I can’t remember my password. I clicked on the lost password link and received the first email, again I clicked on that link but a new password was never emailed to me? Don’t think I have had to log in since the first time I set it up so not sure what the go is, especially seeing as though I am recognised as Rutha when leaving comments? Are you able to sort this out for me, so I can share my good news please???

    :0) Ruth

  • 77 dennis // Dec 5, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Hi Rutha,

    I’ve reset your password and e-mailed it to the e-mail address that you listed on your profile.
    The e-mail should be coming from: achillesblog@gmail.com

    Congrats on PWB, and please let me know if there is anything else I can assist with.

  • 78 Tim Martiin // Dec 7, 2009 at 10:43 am

    Hi dennis,
    I am coming into my last week in a cast I hope. I had my op on 7th November. Surgeon told me to see him on the 15th December. I have had one other cast and check up in between. After the cast what can I expect?
    Will they put a boot, will I be able to stand and how much work do i need to do to get my leg back to the size it use to be.
    I am a member of your forum but am just asking you direct.
    Thank you.
    Tim martin

  • 79 dennis // Dec 7, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    tim - thanks for visiting the site. As different doctors have varying protocols, I’d rather not try to guess what your doctor is going to do. It’s probably better to just ask your doctor. To see averages of time it takes to PWB, FWB, and 2-shoes of the AchillesBloggers that have entered their information, you can visit: http://achillesblog.com/atrpt.php
    It’s at the bottom of the table, and I hope it gives you a good idea on how the recovery goes for most people.

  • 80 Tim Martiin // Dec 8, 2009 at 8:14 am

    Hi Denis,
    Thanks for that,
    it all makes for interesting reading. I guess I have just started the marathon.
    I am meant to be going to a big convention in the States next month ,18th, which involves plenty of walking around, I hope I can make it.
    Tim

  • 81 bella // Jan 6, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    Hi,
    Not a clue how this works. I set up my profile but do not know how to enter my comments. Desperate need of help, surgery 6 months ago and still having issues.

  • 82 dennis // Jan 7, 2010 at 12:06 am

    bella - hi, nice to hear from you. Are you trying to create your own blog? If so, please let me know.

  • 83 bridgers // Jan 7, 2010 at 2:13 am

    Hi

    Just found this site, did a partial rupture of my left Achilles on Sunday, now sat at home with a cast on. :(

    Still in a bit of shock! Was out running Sunday for a 9km run, stupidly didn’t stretch, at 37 I still believe that I’m young and flexible. Last km felt pain in my tendon, but not enough to consider stopping.

    Ran on and got home, then Googled the pain issue and came to the conclusion that it was a bit of tendinitis. So rested with ice all day.

    Monday was still in pain so went to see my Doctor. I live in Belgium and the medical system here is great. Saw my doctor at 9.40, ultrasound at 10.40 in the hospital, consultant surgeon at 11.00 and was in a cast (put on by him) at 11.30!

    Really still can’t believe I’ve damaged it and now reading about the injury its more of a shock that it can be so bad.

    Was planning to do the Brussels 20km in May and I’ve a Skiing holiday booked for the end of Feb.

    Surgery not planned yet until this cast comes off and results of the next scan, but will make a page soon and track progress to get back to running again!

  • 84 Tim Martin // Jan 9, 2010 at 5:24 am

    Hi dennis,
    I thought i would let you know how I am coming along after 2 months post surgery.
    I have had the cast off for 25 days now and every day I feel an improvement. I have been going to PT and have been working out at a gym under supervision of the trainer. The gym has been doing wonders on my upper legs. I am in two shoes without any wedges in the heels and am walking three kilometers. There is slight swelling
    but the scar is looking fantastic. I have been taking a homeopathic medicine called Traumeel
    which has amongst other things Arnica in it. I believe that this has helped a great deal as well as the massaging I do every evening with a gell called Iceman which is used on horses.
    In short I am well on the road to recovery thanks to your blog site and all the suggestions that are written about on it.
    Well done.
    Tim Martin

  • 85 rosamundi // Jan 24, 2010 at 7:51 am

    Hi, did you get the suggestion/diagram I sent about psychological effects/low mood? I may have mis-directed it…..Love the site so thought would offer a (professional!) contribution…

  • 86 sjp73 // Jun 10, 2010 at 2:35 am

    Hi Dennis

    Its been nearly 2 yrs since i last logged on to upgrade my blog, i can not remember my password and have changed my email address since then.

    can you help!!!!!!! either password new or old if possible

  • 87 dennis // Jun 10, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    sjp73 - please email me your new email address to: achillesblog@gmail.com and I can change your account info so that you can reset your password. Thanks

  • 88 518jeremiah // Sep 17, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Hi Everyone, my name is jeremiah and i believe that I have a ruptured Achilles tendon on my right leg. The injury happened when playing basketball while i was trying to push off of my right leg while driving up the court. I haven’t gone to the doctor yet because I’m actually just starting a new job and won’t be covered under health insurance until the beginning of next month.

    So my question is this… is waiting until 2 weeks from the injury date too long to have it evaluated?… I’m concerned that leaving the injury for that long might affect the surgery i will most likely need.

    Any thoughts and/or suggestions are much appreciated.

  • 89 scott // Sep 17, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    If you have an ATR waiting 2 weeks isn’t advised, the healing process starts quickly and waiting affects meny of the processes your body goes thru to repair an injuy like this. There should be nno weightbearing the first 2 weeks and foot in plantar flexion to get the 2 ends of the tendon to attach correctly. If you are in the US, insurance has a pre-existing clause so they will try to not cover you anyway. Hope this helps (HTH).

  • 90 518jeremiah // Sep 18, 2010 at 5:49 am

    Hi Scott, thanks for the feedback. I actually dished out the money and got an MRI yesterday and it turns out it’s not a full rupture and shouldn’t require surgery. I have a cast now and will do my best to stay off it and let it heal.

  • 91 normofthenorth // Sep 19, 2010 at 12:51 am

    Jeremiah, I was going to suggest non-surgical immobilization regardless of the extent of the AT rupture (ATR) or the size of the gap.

    Even for complete ATRs, the latest studies are showing results with non-surgical immobilization (and fast rehab) that are statistically identical to surgery, except for the surgical complications. E.g., check out en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achilles_tendon_rupture#Treatment , refs 4-7 for links to four recent studies.
    But all those studies used fast rehab protocols, and they all used removable boots rather than casts, to facilitate early exercise and PT, both of which seem to help. Pre-2007 studies showed worse results (higher rerupture rates) from non-op, probably because they used slower rehab.

    I haven’t seen any good studies comparing the various protocols for partial tears. There’s one small study looking for a correlation between measured ATR gap size and non-op success, and it found NONE. Many logical assumptions are having trouble getting support from careful studies.

    The assumption that small gaps do better with non-op than big ones was very logical, but seems to be false. The assumption that partial tears do better with non-op than complete ones is also very logical, and may also turn out to be false — but since complete ATRs respond fine, that’s not very scary.

    But long slow “conservative” casting HAS been tested extensively, and does NOT give results as good as surgery. I’ve posted one example of a good modern well-tested protocol at bit.ly/UWOProtocol , and a big discussion about the various studies at bit.ly/achillesstudies . At that last page, the 2005 meta-study shows the “inferior” results from old-fashioned conservative casting. Just “staying off it and letting it heal” for a long time doesn’t work that well, but the faster protocols seem to.

  • 92 Mickh // Jul 19, 2011 at 1:41 am

    Hi Dennis,
    I really want to let people know about a crutch I invented called The Easy Crutch - a Freedom Device. It helped me tremendously as I recovered from my ruptured achilles tendon 2 years ago. Everywhere I went people wanted to know how to get one. Well, they’re ready to go on the market now and I was wondering how I could possibly advertise on your site. Please check out our preliminary website at easycrutch.webs.com and let me know what you think. Thank you!

  • 93 Paul Colaluca // Feb 14, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Great stuff! So glad I found a place to read and write about achilles injuries. I ruptured my right achilles playing football the week of thanksgiving and had surgery december 2nd. Cast came off 2nd week of january, didn’t get a boot, and started physical therapy a few days later. My ortho wanted to be agressive with my recovery and was healing great… up until today. I was walking at about 90% stride with shoes on and started to do some light, assisted jumping with my therapist. While doing so today, I felt a pop on the inner part of my right achilles and said “crap!” The lower part of the incision opened and bled. My ortho is in the same building so he checked it out and said it’s still attached, but I need an MRI to see if anything tore. I’m hoping it was just scar tissue that ruptured, maybe even a stitch that didn’t fully dissolve, but won’t know until Friday. They put me in the walking boot today. Any thoughts?

  • 94 housemusic // Feb 14, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Hi Paul,
    Very sorry to hear your story. I am also surprised to hear you are doing jumping so early in your recovery…
    One of the people in my PT facility had the incision open up and bleed at about two months post op. In her case, it was a stitch that did not dissolve. She had to ease back on training and it took another four weeks for the wound to close completely. I’m happy to report she is doing fine now. Let us know the result of your MRI. Also, you may want to start your own blog so we can follow your progress.

  • 95 Paul Colaluca // Feb 15, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Thank you for your reply! I will definitely start my own blog. This site is very useful. In your opinion, does no boot after 5-6 weeks of cast after surgery a common practice? Also, should I have been doing jumping exercises? I was ok with light calf raises, but I was doing 4 point square jumps, and this was my first day of jumping. I usually try to keep appointments with a specific physical therapist, but this time his assistant took me… and he is more aggressive with my therapy. As of right now, I’m preparing myself for the worse, which would be surgery again because I basically feel like I’m back to how I was a month or 2 ago. Thoughts?

  • 96 housemusic // Feb 15, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Paul,
    One problem with our injury is that Orthopedic surgeons do not follow a standard protocol. Each doctor has his method. Most likely your doctor is following a protocol that he used in the past and has worked well - even if it may not be the best for you. In my case, I spent one week in a splint, NWB, and then went to PWB in a boot for about ten weeks. About jumping…I am five months post surgery, and no jumping allowed. However, other people in the blog were jumping at four months post op. Hopefully the MRI results show no rupture!

  • 97 alton2012uk // Jan 9, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Hi Dennis, I have a couple of technical questions that have arisen as I have been setting up my blog.

    1) Is it possible to have a different theme for different pages of my blog ?
    2) When I edit a post the formatting buttons don’t work in either visual or HTML mode (eg bold, italics etc) ?
    3) When I post comments the following shows at the end of the post “[WORDPRESS HASHCASH] The poster sent us ‘0 which is not a hashcash value”. Is this expected or an error ?

    Many Thanks

  • 98 AgnesATR // Jun 18, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    Hi Dennis, just wondering how long does it usually take to get approval for the blog? I sent email yesterday. New here, so just checking. Thanx. :)

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