Guys thanks for the comments on my posts. Unfortunately when I try to reply from my iPhone the anti-spam word must only be viewable on flash player (must have happened following the upgrade as never had a problem before) which apple in their ‘wisdom’ don’t support so I can’t reply to them! I’ll need to get to a PC which is a bit awkward at the moment but I promise I’ll reply properly ASAP. Norm of north, just to let you know I have updated my Achilles profile and yes, I did take the protocols you kindly sent me links to along to the hospital but they weren’t interested I’m afraid - too set in their ways I suppose. One thing I’ve taken away from this experience is how inconsistent the approach is to treating ATR’s. I know each one needs to be treated on it’s own merits but there doesn’t appear to be a standard approach. A lady I work with who lives 5 miles away from me totally ruptured her AT and the tendon rolled back up to her calf. She was placed in a NWB cast for 7 weeks then out of the cast - with no boot/protection or anything for a week (again NWB) then started physio!!! it’s a lottery out there! Heal well folks.

3 Responses to “Thanks”

  1. Good luck with everything, including the electronics!

    I think ATR patients naturally assume that the program their Doc puts them on is tailored especially to their particular situation, their leg, their ATR. AFAICS that’s virtually NEVER true! The places with the best record seem to be the most standardized! The UWO researchers did a small study to “prove” that their non-op protocol would work even better on ATR patients with small gaps in their ATs, than on those with bigger gaps. After they analyzed the data, they realized that there was absolutely no difference!! So it’s apparently worthless to do even that “obviously logical” tailoring of treatment!

    Of course, some people really do have rare complications that need special attention — e.g. those who tear the attachment point off their calcaneous (heel) bone.

    But for the other 99-odd percent of us, the only thing that’s “tailored” is that our Doc or our hospital or out town or our NHS. . . has a custom-tailored way of treating ATRs, and it’s probably applied “off the rack” to everybody, and it probably doesn’t work as well as some others do.

    Did that lady you work with end up healing OK?

  2. In response to my final Q, Gary sent this to me:
    “Just to answer your post, yes the lady I work with has made a full recovery (amazingly) as I thought her treatment protocol sounded crazy!!!”

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