Thought it would be interesting to compile a list of how people injure their achilles heel.
33yrs old, about 10 lbs overweight. Used to exercise 3-4 times a week, which turned into to about 1-2 times a week.
I was playing basketball, and I was backpedaling towards the defensive end of the court. One of the guys on the other team made a jumpshot, and I was slowing down and changing momentum to run back to play offense. Then it happened while I was shifting my weight to change direction. Not excruciating pain, more of a numb stinging pain.
Tom commented on http://achillesblog.com/dennis
I ruptured my AT playing volleyball. I started to lunge forward and then heard the snap. I knew immediately what happened, but I don’t remember being in too much pain. I believe it hurt for a minute or two, but I think the frustration masked most of the pain. I knew it meant that I’d likely be away from competitive sports for up to a year.
JohnSkier on http://achillesblog.com/johnskier
At age 47 I ruptured my achilles skiing on Feb 14…hit a depression and tumbled forward and the ski didn’t release. I did stretch that day…and had skied several runs (cat skiing on Vail Pass).
The injury REALLY hurt…now I believe I might (or maybe I have no clue)have a sense of the pain of child birth.
When I first stood up and tried to put weight on it I got dizzy and had to sit down. Skied down to the cat on one ski…didn’t want to hold up everyone by making the cat come back up with the sled.
Paula on http://www.injuryupdate.com.au
I severed mine on 28 Dec 2005 whilst just playing on the surf with my 8yr old son.
Jaycee on http://www.injuryupdate.com.au
I did something similar rupturing my achilles on 14 Dec 2005 playing football(soccer) after a break of 7 years(and about 18 pounds weight gain)
Unregistered on http://www.injuryupdate.com.au
i did the full rupture on new years eve 31/12/05 - and all i was doing was a scottish reel (where you do a “skipping” step) AND i was sober.
sentence on http://www.injuryupdate.com.au
On 18/7/06 I ruptured my achilles tendon in the parents race at my daughters school sports day. I was running barefoot and the ground appeared to feel uneven I carried on running until my feet fell from beneath me. I thought I had pulled a muscle and managed to scramble off the the running track. I managed to kneel up and clapped on the parents running ahead of me. I wasn’t in too much pain, but when I tried to stand I could only stand on one leg. I spoke to another parent who said I should sit down and that I had probably pulled a ligament. It was all very quiet the children were not alarmed in any way and fortunately all this happened at the end of their sports day.
When I was sitting on the ground I did notice an indentation or gap just above my heel so realised it was serious and an ambulance was called. I am a 42 year old woman living in the uk and although not involved in the gymn I thought I was relatively fit and well…