Here I sit after having my torn achilles repaired and it’s more than I thought it would be. Run down of what happened is this….. I’m a sports photographer and not one to stand around to get the shot either. I like to get different angels and be in the action….or make it look that way but that isn’t always the case. I had a broken foot few years ago while shooting basketball…..see, only me can this happen too!!
Anyway, I rarely stand when shooting sports, I squat so I’m able to get up and move if need be. After shooting one long weekend in Spring of 2010 I woke up to a very stiff achilles and intense pain when I walked on my heal. Nothing came to mind from the weekend, it all seemed normal but no idea why I was hurting so badly. I went to my orthopedic Dr, whom I’m well acquainted with from past injuries and he said it was achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis (which ended up being ruptured) so into a boot I went. That went on for 10 months and still hurt out of the boot but 0ver time, and I say time was 2 years, my heel did heal but my achilles did NOT!!! If I got out of bed and didn’t stretch, it would feel like my achilles would break, thats how stiff it was. I even remember saying that to my husband on several occasions. As things progressed I had problems wearing shoes, my achilles would burn and become inflamed after a game. I was shooting, not playing but just the movements bothered me. I ended up in Chaos all the time and this was a problem where cleats are around or it was winter!
I returned to the Dr. when a knot formed on the back of my achilles and I walked sideways in grocery stores so no one would hit me with a cart. Bottom line is it hurt to be touched and driving was painful so I had to go. The know was there every morning and stayed big until I warmed my achilles up and as the stiffness went away the know went down in size. It returned when I sat down for a period of time and I would have to stretch a little more. At the Dr. we did an MRI and it showed my tear. It was a longitude tear and dang it…….it required surgery!!! My heart just sank….it sank because I knew what I deal with in all my past injuries, surgeries and recoveries and I knew this one was going to be a doozie! Dr. said I could go on with it like that for a while but he knew where I needed to be and when I needed to be ready for it….Football season!!!!! Our’s here in East TN starts early and I will be a cast for the start of the season only to go to a boot before the second game. My son is playing now, freshman, along with all my son’s from other mothers so I have to be ready. I expect it…… and so do they!!!!
Surgery was scheduled for June 13, 2012 and I am now 13 days post-op.