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Thank you to everyone on this site

Hello Achilles World!

Its taken me forever to create my blog but with my first post I just wanted to thank everyone on this website.  The links, information, and blogs have really helped me with my recovery from an unexpected ATR. I especially want to thank normofthenorth, ryanb, kkirk, and alton2012uk for sharing their experiences, pictures, and even videos.

I’m a 32 year old fairly conditioned “weekend warrior” and suffered my ATR while playing football on February 17, 2013 .  I was lined up as wide receiver and when I started to sprint, I heard the dreaded “pop” and immediately turned out to see who kicked me. Then it was RICE until seeing the orthopedic surgeon after the weekend.  I actually ended up getting an MRI which demonstrated a complete tear and a 3.5 cm gap.  I’m really glad I got the MRI because seeing it myself made the decision to have surgical repair a littler easier to swallow.

This injury hit me pretty hard.  We were out of town when it happened and have a two year old and a three month old so its made things very challenging very quickly for my wife.  I felt so helpless at first and the loss of independence made me frustrated.  Its my right leg so not being able to drive has been depressing.  But this injury has brought me closer to my family, friends, religion and taught me slow down and appreciate the small things in life.   It took  a second for me to realize that this is only a temporary setback and like hitting the “pause” button on life.  I’m going to work harder than ever to come back stronger.

One of the most frustrating things about this injury and rehab is the wide variety of protocols.  By reading about various studies and protocols as well as the experiences others have had, I have learned so much so quickly.  My doctor is in the more conservative group although I reviewed the UWO protocol with him.  Based on my specific surgical repair and injury, he recommended 6 weeks of NWB.  I am now on post op week five and doing active ROM, gentle massaging, and really looking forward to PWB next week.  I just went from 20 to 15 degrees of plantar flexion in the vacocast.  The vacocast has been incredible and the best purchase I ever made even thought I have a love/hate relationship with it especially at night.

Once again, a big thank you to everyone on this blog and I look forward to being an active member of this community!  Happy healing everyone!




ATR Timeline

  • Name: eyechilles
    Location: New Orleans
    Injured during: Football
    Which Leg: R
    Status: 2-Shoes

    405 wks  1 day Post-ATR
    404 wks  6 days
       Since start of treatment

  • eyechilles has completed the grueling 26.2 ATR miles to full recovery!
    Goal: 365 days from the surgery date.
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