The Scene of the Rupture

23 06 2013

May 5, 2013

Playing pick-up basketball with a few friends; I was running for my own rebound, grabbed the ball and pivoted to the right.  I heard a loud pop and honestly thought someone had thrown a bench at me.  I fell to the ground, looked around and (hmm weird) nothing behind me.  “ahhh, ow, ow, ow… Guys, I think I did something bad…”

Friends: “oh you probably just rolled your ankle, get up and try to walk it of.”

Me: “Okay…” (hobbling quite slowly to the bench).

Friends: “It’s not even swollen, you’ll feel better in a little while.”

As we sit and chat for about 10 minutes, I zombie walk to the car, drive them home, drive myself home, and immediately start googling my symptoms and decide to go to the doctor rather than going to work at the part-time gig I just picked up.  Luckily, my doctor’s office was open until 5pm so I could go their instead of the ER. I get in at 4pm- pretty much right away the doctor tells me I snapped my Achilles and has me schedule an appointment with an Orthopedic Specialist the next day.  After that visit, an MRI, and another visit with a surgeon it’s finally confirmed…

The result: A complete rupture of the Achilles tendon - If surgery is the route I would like to take it must be performed within 10 days of the injury.

We went over both non-surgical and surgical costs/benefits and decided on surgery.  I am a pretty active 25 year old and I NEED to return to pre-ATR athletic levels, so I thought surgery would give me the best shot at that.

Surgery scheduled for Monday May 13, 2013 - 8 days after the injury.