Better late than never!!

March 21st, 2016


Having never met anyone before my accident who had had an ATR finding this site has been my saviour and given me back hope that ‘in time’ I might get back to my pre-accident activity.

On 28 March, it will be 6 months since I was knocked over by a car whilst crossing a road. Initially I was pleased not to have broken anything, and was sent home from hospital with crutches unable to weight bare and complaining of severe pain in my right calf. Six weeks later, still in significant pain, I saw my GP (I had self-referred to physio who assured me I hadn’t done anything to tendons and didn’t require a scan).   GP performed Thompson test, and concerned I had ruptured, spoke with local hospital fracture clinic.

I had an emergency appt with consultant the following morning, who took  one look at my leg and photos I took at time of accident and said I had ruptured Achilles. Scan 10 days later confirmed this.

Due to the delay, I required a surgical repair (tendon transfer) and had surgery 8 wks after the original accident.  I was in a cast and nwb for 4  and had to have daily fragmin injections for 6 wks.

I’m now able to wear trainers, after 12 wks wearing boot, tho still need 2 crutches to walk. I’ve started physio and have been referred for hydrotherapy. My current challenge is to be able to fully straighten my right leg, and regain flexibility in ankle. From reading the different blogs, there seems to be a huge difference in the way ATR are treated. With those in the UK being treated more conservatively.

Talking with my PT, I am now playing catch up, in regaining flexibility in my ankle and until I do, it’s unlikely that I’ll be able to walk.

my biggest fear is re-rupture, but I’m starting to go stir crazy and missing my regular activity-I didn’t realise just how active I was…any tips or advice for managing the fear would be appreciated.

Thank you

5 Responses to “Better late than never!!”

  1. Manny on March 25, 2016 8:46 pm

    LouLou, what a bummer that you took so long to diagnose the rupture… But the worst is past. Read the different posts and start doing Physical Therapy to recover strength in your injured buttocks, legs, and knee. This should help with pain and recovery. As for rerupture, just manage your risks and work for the best.
    Fear is another issue, and one that varies from person to person. there are those who fear hurting themselves so much that they don’t do the Physical Therapy… others push the envelope because they fear an incomplete recovery. You’ll have to make your own choice.
    The good thing is that you are on the road to recovery now, and that the Achilles Tribe is full of support for you.
    Good luck and happy healing!……….. Manny

  2. metonia on April 1, 2016 3:04 pm

    LouLou, ditto what Manny said. I found aqua therapy (not sure if it’s the same as hydrotherapy) works best for my recovery. As I’m on the heavy side, the water decreases my weight mass which allows me to better work my tendons and muscles.

    As for going stir crazy, do you have friends who do less active activities you can “crash” the party of?

  3. Loulou on April 13, 2016 1:13 pm

    Thanks Manny and Metonia for your replies…this site is my saviour. I’ve been working hard to conquer the fear over the last couple of wks and really pushing the ‘no pain no gain mantra’

  4. s40love on April 13, 2016 3:05 pm

    Hey Loulou, it’s ok to have a little fear. We all have fear. But fear is different then being cautious. Being cautious is a smart thing. We should all be cautious, but when you fear, you don’t want to try new things. Sometimes you have to let your fear go, you have to be positive that things are going to turn out well. So my advice is to read other people’s blogs and take notes of what they have accomplished, and compare your own abilities, and see how you can measure up, how you can do as well as they can. Also set little goals for yourself, every week, work hard everyday, and you will get there! Cheers!!!

  5. chinaexpat on April 14, 2016 4:49 am

    This was my biggest fear for a tendon transfer. My dr said that might be the case but lucky no need. I guess the idea with this blog is to support other people having similiar issues. When I feel sad and tired and think I’m the only one dealing with this, I log on and read all different stories it helps me. I guess this journey will be like a rollercoaster, up and down, but I do hope mostly up. You come so far so having fears should be normal, just listen to your heart and I’m sure the right decision will be taken

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