I have no clue what made me find this site again, but I cam across it today. That made me go back and look at my calendar and realize that I am 2 days short of 5 years since the AT rupture. So where are we? While the range of motion on the “bad” leg is still not 100% the same as on the “good” one, it does not impact me AT ALL. I can run. I can play any sport I want to play. I can ice skate. I have hiked up Mt. Washington. So, for those of you in the trenches, you will be fine.
The AT is still “thicker” than the non-ruptured one and I can still feel the area through the skin that was torn (still some jagged edges on the tendon I guess). The scar is still REALLY ugly but I blame my surgeon for that (and I don’t really care).
About 2 years ago I had a scare when, playing softball (again), something popped on my OTHER leg getting out of the batter’s box. At first I thought Oh no, here we go again. Then I was in denial - if I don’t get it checked, it can’t be ruptured. Then I convinced myself that it was too high up to be the AT - must be a partial calf tear. Thankfully, that’s what it was. I was out of commission for 6 weeks or so, but it was not an AT rupture…
My advice to those of you dealing with this now? WORK YOUR A$$ OF AT PT. Get as much PT done as you possibly can and go as many times a week as you can. The more you can get done in those first couple of months after the cast comes off, the better. Also, even after PT, keep up weight training on your legs. Leg presses and leg curls can really make a difference in keeping the legs strong and able to resume and maintain normal activity.
Anyone who has anything specific - please do reach out, but best of luck to all of you.