Labor Day 2010 I was playing basketball for the 1st time in almost 5 years. I was 32 years old at the time, in pretty good shape as was a mild runner (3-4 days a week running 2-3 miles). It felt like someone hurled a horseshoe into my left heel and when I felt my Achilles snap and roll up like a spring loaded rubber band, the agony began. It was a full tear. 1 week later I had the surgery. After a month on the boot I began removing the styrofoam wedges. One day I tripped on a step (NOT WEARING THE BOOT) and fell on it totally re-rupturing. A week after the 2nd tear I had the exact same surgery I’d gone through 7 weeks prior.
I am wondering if anyone else has been through this? It has now been 17 months since the 2nd surgery. I tried running and the swelling and aching are not worth trying to run. I have been biking and that seems to be very good but recently I’ve been getting mild-medium shooting pains and aches in the Achilles. Also, I fly all the time (like every week) and on flights that are over 4 hours, I have to wear compression on it because it swells SO bad. Additionally, having to cut off blood supply to the exact same incision 2 times witin 60 days, has left me with a brutal zipper scar and bruising(which is totally awesome, seriously) but my left Achilles is almost 3 times the size of my right one. I am assuming to predominantly scar tissue and the remains of synthetic collagen that has not dissolved yet.
Any thoughts or similar experiences? Stay strong!
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