I just passed the 10 week point and had been in two shoes for the past 2 weeks. Things had been going great! I started physical therapy and had been cleared to start cardio which was really exciting because I managed to pack on a few extra pounds over these last couple of months.
I actually had a good session on the stationary bike yesterday and was curious how my Achilles would respond today. Well, it felt fantastic when I woke up this morning. Swelling was way down and my limp was much less pronounced than it had been. I was feeling pretty good about things with summer break coming up and a lot of activities planned with the family. It was looking more & more like I wouldn’t be missing any of it or restricted in any way.
So….I was walking to my physical therapy appointment today and as I entered the building I heard/felt a POP in my lower leg. I had someone get a wheelchair and I made it to see the PT and he is pretty sure my Achilles is gone again. He did a Thompson test (calf squeeze) and wasn’t getting anything. We can also feel a pretty pronounced gap along the tendon and the whole back of my leg leading up to the calf is extremely sore.
I’m meeting with the orthopedic on Friday but this is not looking good. I knew that re-rupture was one of the risks with the non-op approach especially given the fact that 3 weeks elapsed between injury & diagnosis. So I’m guessing surgery will be required now and I’ll be back to square 1 with the rehab. Mentally that’s the hardest part of this situation. It sucks. But I made it through it once before and I’ll just have to suck it up and do it again.
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