Injury & Doctor Appointments

So I’m a new blog and in this post I’ll just be talking about my injury (how it happened, what’s happened so far, etc.). Just for background I’m a 17 year old female and I’ve been told by my doctors (and a bunch of google searches) that it is strange that I tore my achilles since I’m a young, healthy, track athlete.

Two weeks before I tore it I was told I had achilles tendonitis but like any other athlete, I refused to rest. On March 2, 2019 I was warming up for my 100m race when I felt it pop. At first I thought my shoe just broke and it felt like the heel of my shoe came unattached and rolled under my foot. But obviously that was not the case. As soon as I saw that my shoe was fine, I knew immediately what happened.

I went to the trainer at the meet and he said if he had to guess, it was just a partial tear. I went to the ER that day and they also believed it to be a partial rupture. They told me I didn’t need an MRI (spoiler alert: they were wrong). They put me in a splint up to mid thigh so I couldnt bend my leg at all and then I went to my regular doctor that Monday to get a referral to a specialized doctor/surgeon. I believe I had my first appointment by the end of the week. However, he seemed to question that it was a partial tear so he ordered an MRI. I also got my splint taken off and was given a boot instead.  Got that done the following Monday and went back to the doctor that Wednesday when he confirmed I’ll need surgery since it was a full tear.

After that it was just a waiting game on when my surgery will be. Three weeks after my injury, I finally got a surgery date - April 2. Looking through other blogs I saw that basically everyone got their surgery within a week of getting injured so I was kinda worried since i wasn’t getting mine until over a month after my injury date.

So between the day I got injured and before my surgery, I basically felt no pain. There was swelling and some bruising but it was all minimal and not too dramatic. I’ll talk all about my pre-op/post-op stuff next post ((: