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Filed under: Uncategorized — gottheboot at 12:24 pm on Tuesday, August 5, 2008

I  tore my right Achilles tendon on April 21, 2008 just walking with my grandson.   Before that fateful day I had apparently injured  it with a small tear and had been limping around for about 8 months.  I had been to a podiatrist on 3 different  visits and he was sure the pain and thus limp was being cause by a bone spur on the heel.  Which he , on two of those visits treated it with cortisone injections to no avail.  Little did I know at the time that cortisone erodes the tendons(ah isn’t hind sight great)   When the fateful day arrived and it finally tore completely I knew the last person I was going to see was him.  With a trip to my regular GP and a different podiatrist  I had a diagnosis and referral to a orthopaedic specialist.  His first line of treatment was - casting for 2 wks, then recasting with a sight flexion down and the recasting for another 2 wks in hopes the tendon would heal on its own.  And of course it couldn’t have been that easy. Surgery was performed on June 3 and I was back in a non-weight bearing cast for 5 more weeks.  Now I’ve been  in a walking boot for 4 weeks and will start physical therapy tomorrow, August 6.  I’ve been doing as much range of motion exercise as possible at home.  Can anyone tell me what to expect from therapy.  I’m shooting for going back to work in two weeks.  Its been a long, long , summer of dependence and sitting around. 



Comment by darlenev

August 10, 2008 @ 1:16 pm

Hi - I had similar experience (tendonosis that was treated with cortizone - unknown to my podiatrist that I had 2 abnormal Achilles tendons - probably even pre-cortizone shots.. ) Anyway, my right one ultim tely ruptured, after 3 months in walking boot, and about 1 1/2 months of PT - hoping partial tears would repair and avoid surgery.

I had surgery 7/23 , two weeks after rupture of right tendon. I needed reconstructive surgery - tendon was not repairable. Oddly, I am out of cast (after 2 1/2 weeks) and in a boot, rather than a 2nd cast. Everyone seems to be in a 2nd cast after 1st, so I will call my Dr. Monday to see why this was not done (past Friday). I’m kinda missing the safe feeling of the cast..

Anyway - Though I do not know from experience, from what I read, PT begins slowly and is a very slow process - so as to avoid retearing.

Best of luck to you.



Comment by gottheboot

August 10, 2008 @ 1:33 pm

Hi Darlene-Boy two weeks after surgery does seem like pushing it. I was in a cast for 5 weeks after surgery. Let me know what your docor says. Good luck

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