Hey all, I ruptured a few years ago, and posted often back then. This site was a savior, especially while I was "couch ridden".
Anyway…Since my rupture and subsequent surgery and recovery, I have done 3 off-road triathlons and 4 or 5 running races, plus a few mountain bike races, as well. Life is now pretty much back to normal. I’ve had a pretty good recovery, but have to say, the running aspect has given me a bit more difficulty than I had hoped. I tend to get pretty ache-y once I get past 5 miles, or so, and have to RICE afterwards consistently, even when I’ve slowly worked up to 5 miles, and been there for weeks. Also, I had a really horrible bout recently that was depressing…after being able to race (and win my age group) in multiple triathlons w/little to no pain, I was "crippled" (exaggerating a bit- but not much) by walking through Disney World for a day…ugh! So depressing!!!
Anyway… the point of this post is, though…I have gotten AMAZING strength, relief and benefits from ballet! I started doing it over my lunch hour 2 days a week w/some girlfriends as sort of a lark, and it has been unbelievable for my achilles! It is the perfect strengthening and stretching exercise. It focuses a lot of being on your toes, but slowly going back down to flat foot, which is an eccentric muscle exercise that is VITAL to achilles and calf strengthening.
So, I just want to throw this out there, if any of you are suffering from some post-recovery aches and pains, considering trying ballet if it is the type of thing you think you may enjoy… it has worked miracles for me!
Ciao, and happy recoveries to you all…life will get back to normal- don’t worry. I know it may seem grim now to some of you who are freshly ruptured, but, it just takes mental strength, patience, adaption and belief in yourself! You WILL get through this!