I am a little late to start a blog but better to start my story than not to start at all.
The Rupture Story:
I ruptured my Achilles almost 10 weeks ago on 4/27. I was playing pick up soccer every Friday night in a small group of regulars. A fun night to get my soccer “fix” in. I coach kids soccer almost year round so getting out there myself was much needed. Anyway, that night was one of those night where I was “taking it easy” so to speak. I was left wing on offense, had the ball in the corner and went to cross it. I didn’t even get to kick the ball when I fell over thinking someone came up behind me and kicked me in the back of the leg. I didn’t hear a snap or anything, just fell over in pain while looking behind me for who would have done such a thing to me. However, no one was around. Hobbled to the bench hoping it was a severe cramp or pulled muscle. I tried to stretch it but that didn’t help. So as I sat there focusing on the pain, I then knew what I was trying to deny. Its the Achilles. Oh god why?
Now at the ER that same night as the rupture hoping to hear I was wrong. The Dr did the calf squeeze and of course nothing. He put me in a splint, gave me crutches, and a prescription for pain meds. On Monday 4/30 I was to call the Orthopedic surgeon and get in right away.
So, I go through the weekend with no pain really. Thinking this ain’t so bad. Maybe the ER was wrong. (still in denial). So I get in to see the Ortho on Monday morning. I proceed to ask, are you sure its ruptured? The Dr then goes, “you see this hole right here?” Proceeding to stick his finger in a hole where the Achilles should be. So I reply, “damnit!”. Splint put back on and surgery scheduled for the very next day. Nothing really to mention about the surgery as it was rather uneventful.
Now I am at home, in a half cast with a follow up appointment scheduled for 2 weeks later. I know typically its within a week, but he was on vaca. Now I feel the pain. My only relief is laying down with my foot up. Soon as I stand I want to scream from the rush of pain down my leg. I hate taking pain meds but I soon got past that. Thankfully we have a sofa that pulls out to a bed. I slept and layed around in my living room while my wonderful wife helped me with just about everything. I was ok with this for a few days but my active nature soon got me angered and frustrated. Figured I could return to work by the following Monday. Sure why not? Nope! Not only was I trying to get there, my boss was being a voice of reason and telling me I had to take the time off.
2 weeks post surgery:
I see the doctor 5/15 to remove staples and get my cast. My only gripe about the appointment was that I should have received a blue cast to support the soccer team I coach, but he “accidentally” put on white. Oh well. Next appointment set up for 6 weeks later.
During Those next 6 weeks:
So I return to work the very next day on 5/16. I had been driving with my left foot 1 week after surgery. I gotta get around! I am still coaching kids soccer and believe it or not, filling in reffing games as needed. I figured once others saw my situation they would step up to help. I quickly found out they could care less and still gave me crap about missed calls. Seriously?! Anyway, I found a couple people to carpool with to work so its only a short drive to meet them. I also have a great boss and was able to ice up a few times a day and lay down in the nurse’s office here on site. He also wanted me to work every other day but I was working from home Wednesdays only. Yes I am that stubborn.
My only pain is when I pushed it and didn’t keep my foot elevated. Until about week 4 I felt a pain in my calf which worried me. It happened on a Friday afternoon and I went thru the long holiday weekend worried I had done something wrong. Finally talked to the Dr on that Tuesday and he reassured me I was fine.
The big question:
Why was my treatment plan to have a cast for 6 weeks? Why do I see most others going into a boot just a few weeks after surgery? It seems as though the boot is the most common or most utilized treatment plan. I did set up an appointment with my Dr to discuss that along with asking if my cast was too tight. He mentioned that was just the way he had always done it and it makes him nervous to move to the boot for fear of re-rupture. Good enough answer for me. I will just wait it out.