Surgery for rerupture +12 days

Quick update: Surgery to fix my rerupture was Monday, June 11th. I had originally attempted the UWO non-op protocol but I didn’t start rehab until about a month after the injury because it took 3 weeks to get it diagnosed. At week 10 it reruptured (I was in 2 shoes and walking to my 2nd PT appt).

Rehab is moving along quickly and going well. I was NWB in a splint for 1 week and had the splint removed on Tuesday the 19th. The doctor said I could transition to WBAT. It took me about 2-3 days of PWB with crutches, then down to 1 crutch for about a day, and as of yesterday I dropped both crutches. I’m still pretty careful about watching my step but overall it feels fantastic.

Incision was healing nicely at my checkup but I keep it elevated & iced quite a bit if I’m just sitting around.

The wedge heel lift thing in my boot is pretty big–I haven’t measured it but it looks like it’s 3 or 4 cm. I’m in that for a month and then I imagine it’ll be lowered over time. Should be cleared for the pool in a couple of days but that’s more for comfort than PT because I’m not cleared to fully kick/flex my ankle. But some one-legged swimming will help me get back into shape because unfortunately I have packed a few pounds on since my original injury in February!

Good luck to everybody–especially those that are dealing with reruptures because Lord knows it’s hard enough to get through this experience once.



5 Responses to “Surgery for rerupture +12 days”

  1. wow-glad to hear you are progressing and so quickly. 3 weeks in, I’m frustrated enough with the first round.. can’t imagine a re-rupture!

  2. Good Luck and Good Healing, Durwood!

  3. Take a moment and think about kicking in the pool. You’ve got an up-stroke and a down-stroke.

    On the down-stroke, flexing your quad, kicking your leg straight, the water force on your foot is trying to create plantar flexion. You work the muscles on the front of your shin to resist that force- the same muscles that pull your toes up. Your Achilles and calf are relaxed. I think you can kick that direction as hard as you want without any risk of damaging the Achilles.

    On the up-stroke, you flex your hamstring, and pull your foot up. As your heel drives through the water, to get “maximum power” you’d want to point your toes, flexing your calf and Achilles. That’s going to hurt. But, this is rehab… we’re not trying to set an Olympic record. You can relax your foot during this side of the stroke, and kick your heel up without pointing your toes. Your foot may get pushed towards neutral (~90 degrees) by the water- but no more. The closer you get to 90 degrees, the less torque the water will put on your ankle. So, pointing your toes just a little bit, doesn’t take much force at all… it’s a pretty good way to start working the area.

    In a nutshell, as soon as your incision is OK to get wet, I think you can/should start swimming. I wouldn’t be afraid of 2-leg kicking- provided you can “up-kick” with a fairly relaxed foot. The little random forces you’ll get from turbulence in the water will help to loosen up the joint too (I always felt better after a swim). As with everything, ease into it: don’t go swim 100 laps on your first day.

  4. wish you the best on recovery!

  5. Wow! Right now, where you are with the re-rupture sounds wonderful to me! I’d love to be looking forward to a swim & to be rid of my training legs! All a matter of perspective. Hoping the rest of your rehab is non-eventful & you see full recovery without further mishap!

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