Progress and issues since rerupture

Hi all I hope everyone is progressing well. I’ve not wrote on here for a while so thought I’d give an update.

My first rupture happened on 20th June while ‘drunk’ dancing. Followed conservtive treatment, I was informed this was the protocol my NHS hospital followed. I was put in a cast, toe pointed down for 2 days then after seeing OS put straight into a CAM boot with 4 wedges, FWB.

After 4 weeks in my boot I was informed I could take out each wedge at intervals over a 2 week period.

Week 6 I commenced physiotherapy but my therapist said to take it slowly just point and flexing my toes and rotating ankle in and out. Out of the boot at night, yaay ☺

Week 8 commenced walking in two shoes with crutches within the house and had progressed to managing without crutches in the house.

Week 10 Reruptured AT, back in cast for 2 days till OS appointment,  OS decided if the ultrasound showed a rerupture surgery would be done the following day. The Thompson test was done and there was some movement so the ultrasound was done, a 4 cm gap was found so surgery to repair was done, 3 days after the injury.

In plaster cast for just over a week NWB and using the dreaded crutches then into a Aircast boot. This was agreed as I was flying 10 days after the surgery so they put me into a boot with 4 wedges NWB for 4 weeks. I went on holiday with a wheelchair which had its constraints but at least I got on holiday!

Week 5 post op at hospital appointment informed I should have been PWB for the last week but no-one had told me, 1 wedge taken out and FWB for a week,

Week 6, returned back to be informed another wedge out and over the next 2 weeks remove wedges after 5 days till walking flat in the boot.

Week 8 start physiotherapy again. The plan over the next 10 days, out of the boot at night. Ankle movements, pointing and flexing etc and walking without boot in the house using crutches as much as I can.

My next appointment with the therapist is this Friday.

I’ve been walking around the house very slowly and am terrified of it rerupuring. I nearly cried when I was told to wean myself out of the boot which I have come to regard as my best friend.

I am still getting a pulling feeling across the calf and pain on the top of my foot. I also get a burning sensation on my heel as I walk so will discuss this with the PT on Friday. Does anyone else suffer with this type of pain?

My scars are healing really well, I had to be cut from my ankle up and another cut in my calf- to attach it to the calf muscle was what one of the doctors informed me.

Following surgery I had to inject myself for 42 days with heparin which was another skill this injury had made me acquire! I’m glad that’s over now as I had bruises all over my stomach.

I have been off work for over 4 months and am fed up of being housebound as I live in a hilly part of the country and can’t drive so getting about is limited. My partner has been good but I think he’s fed up of it all now and I can detect him getting impatient with me at times. This really is a very long journey we are on but reading the other bloggers on here makes me realise I’m not alone and makes it more bearable.

All the best to you all

2 Responses to “Progress and issues since rerupture”

  1. Hello there, yes it can be a long road but I gues we learn to deal with patience and impovisation. Do you mind me asking how the reruptured occured. I think everyones worst nightmare. My thoughts go out to you and I certainly wish you happy & safe healing this time round.

    Take care Bobbie

  2. Hi Bobbie
    I reruptured it walking from the bathroom to the living room about 6 steps! I was wearing shoes but wasn’t using my crutches and it just snapped.I thought I’d stepped on my partners slipper and it had slapped up the back of my leg but I hadn’t stood on anything. I knew that it had gone again and the pain was so intense I nearly passed out so went to A&E who confirmed it had reruptured and put it INA cast again.
    It really is our worst nightmare as I was back to square one.
    I still am worried about rerupture even though I’ve had surgery but this time it does feel stronger.
    All the best with your journey
    Maralyn x

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