As a coach there are “inherent dangers” that come with the job.  Never did I imagine that a person as physically fit and active as myself could be deemed so frail.  I stood on the track trying to pump the kids up to work harder and to stop going through the motions- but to Explode off the line!  Little did I know, I would be the one exploding.  As I turned to watch the kids explode a straggler behind me stepped on my ankle and I immediately knew something was wrong.  I stood still, feeling as though I was standing on a hill.  I did not feel too much pain.  I finished the last 2 groups of kids then limped over to a colleague and said “Coach, I think my achilles is torn.”  I was able to walk but did not want to do anymore damage, so two football boys helped me into the training room.  I went to urgent care and was told I had a calf contusion.  I told the Doc I thought my achilles was torn- he told me to try to move my foot and since I could- he told me it was not torn.  I asked for an MRI- was told I didn’t need one.  Was on crutches 3 days.  went back for follow up that Friday and saw another doctor who immediately referred me to an Ortho.  Wen to Ortho that day.  He was very harsh.  This was the first time I cried.  I am a serious athlete-though I’m 34.  He told me it was ruptured and that “this is a life changing injury”,  ”you have very nice legs, they will never look like this again” “you look very athletic- you will not be as fast as you were.”  He told me that I needed to get surgery or I would not be able to do explosive exercises without probably re-rupturing.  He said I had two options- surgery or 3 months of casting.  I told him I had read about boots being an option.  He cut me off saying “I gave you two options and a boot was not one of them!”  Due to his harshness, I opted to meet with the casting specialist.  This Dr. informed me that early weight bearing treatment in casts has much lower re-rupture rate that traditional casting.  I walked out of his office that day without crutches with my new cast!  This was 8 days after initial rupture.

3 Responses to “Explode!”

  1. At 10 weeks post injury- is pain still normal at rupture site? It hurts on the left side of my rupture in a gap of scar tissue.

  2. Hi, call me paranoid or what ! 6 weeks nwb (3 in pot, 3 in VACOped), 3 weeks fwb in boot/wedge sole and I’ve had no pain since the injury; due to see my ortho on Monday; worried that it has not healed ? One of Norms early postings suggested that pain is a reflection of the healing process. Yes, I had non op protocol and have stuck to my specialist orthopods dictat completely, as well as sticking to a diet with nuts, lots of fruit & vegetables etc etc: can anyone out there give me any reassurances ?

  3. Hi rogerg, I have experienced little to no pain at all. I mentioned this to my physio around the four week mark as I had similar concerns and he said because it was a complete rupture that is to be expected since the two ends were pulled apart. No need to worry, I seem to be healing just fine and never required a pain killer what so ever.

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