12 weeks since 1st POP, 5 weeks since 2nd POP.

Posted on August 29th, 2008 in Uncategorized

I’ve been reading this site all summer, so I figured it was time to “give back”.  I ruptured my achilles on June 1st playing basketball.  I was in the boot for all of 2 weeks before I ruptured it again on July 29th.  I was out of the boot at the time, just walking up my stairs…I obviously took a bad step and put too much weight on the foot.  The second time, I got an MRI first, then the surgery all over again.  It’s been a LONG summer.  Netflix and 24 hours of Olympic coverage came in handy!

I just had my 2nd visit for the 2nd time.  So I’m in the cast w/ a shoe.  I believe it’s called the PWB here on the site (partial walking boot I’ve assumed).  The doc told me to continue to use my crutches, however, the first time around I was crutchless within 48 hours of having this PWB.  I can’t do these crutches anymore, and after reading all the varying degrees of recovery rates from people on this site, I’m going to compromise and use a cane.  Walking in this PWB DID NOT cause my second rupture, so I’m not too worried about it. 

I’ll go back and detail a few of the “highlights” of the summer in future postings, but that’s the gist of the story.  I’m beyond “looking forward” to dates or achievements, I did that the first time around.  It’s a day-to-day issue for me at this point.  So as I try this again, I look forward to chatting with some of you.  If anyone has any questions, believe me, I could probably do the surgery myself at this point….so ask away!

7 Responses

  1. Sorry to hear about your rerupture. Once is hard enough, and there are several in your elite club. We are all pulling for you.

    I have always assumed that PWB is partial weight bearing, and FWB is Full…..N is non. I too was in a walking cast for several weeks.

    I thank you and all the other second timers for sharing your stories. It made me very cautious about stairs, curbs, doors, and uneven surfaces. So, made it to week 17 — and wonder when I get to stop worrying!

    Good luck with the recovery.

  2. It sounds like you reruptured at about 7 weeks. That is when I reruptured. I was out of the boot and in athletic shoes. I stepped back suddenly and crouched because of a loud noise coming from the microwave. I guess I must be easy to startle these days. I am 5 weeks and 3 days post op - second time around.

    My doctor said he being more conservative this time. I am still NWB (no weight bearing) and I am suppose to start weight bearing as tolerated next week - at 6 weeks post op.

    When you were walking up the stairs did you walk up sideways? That is how they told me to do when I was in two shoes - albeit not for long.

    Is a walking cast a boot? Or is it a plaster cast that you can walk in?

    I think the most vunerable time for us is when we first go to 2 shoes. My first go round they did not have me PWB. Instead I went from NWB to 2 shoes. I think that was a bad idea. So everyone please feel free to use me as a cautionary tale.

    This time I will gradually put more and more weight on it and hope and pray that no car backfires or no waiter drops a tray of dishes.

  3. Catnboot,
    Yes, I reruptured at 7 weeks and 2 days. And now I’m currently at 4 weeks and 1 day since the second surgery.
    My doc just put me in the PWB shoe yesterday that fits over a fiberglass cast. He told me to stay on the crutches. Despite what my previous blog suggested…I am NOT going on a cane…I’ll stick with the crutches…what’s the rush at this point?
    So my doc is keeping the same timeline for now, I can tell he’s a little confused as to what to do with me….but I’ll take it easy on my part….no use in rushing and risking ever going through this again.

  4. Hi Keith. Fellow re-rupturer here as well. My first doc was also a little unsure on how to proceed with recovery protocol. So I’ve been seeing another doc in the same practice who is taking a VERY conservative approach. I don’t expect to go to FWB until Week 12 at the earliest. I have been in a boot since my second week but that’s because I also have a wound complication.

    And you are absolutely right. What is the rush? I couldn’t even begin to comprehend what would happen if there was a re-re-rupture.

    I’ll be curious to hear what your plan is once you and the doc figure it out. Good luck with the healing!

  5. Keith,

    I would not recommend the cane. Talk to your doc about possibly using a walker. You can raise it high enough to support your weight and use it more easily to step up small steps(curb, etc) and off small steps ( such as curb ). The cane cannot bear enough of your weight.

  6. Daveleft,
    Thanks for the comment. So you’re in a boot due to a wound issue….is that just so it’s easy access to the wound? And do you have one of those wedges in the boot to keep your foot at a down angle?

    Sorry to hear it’s 12 weeks until a FWB for you. I “think” my doc is kind of taking the same timeline as the first time. He’s probably assuming I’ll be the one being more conservative on my use of the foot. But I believe I’ll be back in the FWB at about 6 1/2 weeks. But trust me, I won’t be taking that thing off nearly as much as I did the first time!

  7. Yes. I needed to change the dressing on my leg early on so I had to wear the boot for access. I think the doctor would have casted me otherwise. I started with three of those felt wedges and am now down to one still in the boot. The first time around, I only had one wedge and not for very long.

    Good luck with your recovery and hope things go smoothly this time!

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