I found this website just this past week and wished that I had stumbled upon it earlier.
I decided to get my lazy butt back in shape around christmas of 2007. I went on weight watchers and began playing basketball 2-3 times per week. Things were progressing fabulously through April. I had lost 35 pounds and was in the best shape that I had been in 10 years.
Then, it happened. I was playing basketball at my regular Monday night pick-up league, which was one of the 3 nights that I played. I dont remember if I was going for a rebound or going back up to shoot and I heard the loud “pop” that everyone hears and said “what the @#$@ was that?” The guy next to me said it was you. I got up and couldn’t walk right. I really wasn’t sure what had happened, but it felt like my left foot was standing on a downward ramp, and I could only walk on my heal. The thing that surprised me the most was that it really didnt hurt that bad.
I went home and looked on the wonderful internet and figured out that I had ruptured my achilles. This was April 14th, 2008. I went to the ER that night and they confirmed the self-diagnosis. They made me an appt with the ortho who was with the Michigan State Univ. sports med department and I had surgery 2 days later. I had the worst pain that I had ever experienced a few hours after surgery. The heavy dose of vicoden only made me loopy, but didn’t help with the pain in the achilles. The doctor prescribed Keterolac, which is an anti-inflammatory, and this gave me instant relief.
The main reason I wanted to post here was to give some hope to those that are just going through this. I’ve read that there are some real long recoveries, but mine has been pretty quick. I am just over 8 weeks from surgery, and I was cleared and played my first round of golf on Friday. I was fitted with the boot immediately and woke up with it on from surgery. I had to leave it on at all times until my first post-op appointment. I was then allowed to take it off when showering. I crutched it around for about 3 weeks. However, when I was at home in a safe environment I would begin walking without the boot around 3 weeks out, and began going to rehab. No I did not have the ok to walk, but I dont have a lot of patience and I was feeling pretty good.
After 3 weeks of PT, things were progressing very well. I was walking more, but still wore the boot when I went outside. I was able to do calf raises and do wall stretches of the achilles. A few days after that and I ditched the boot. It was killing my back and my right hip and I just couldnt take it anymore. I got chastised by my physical therapist, but it was worth not wearing that darn thing anymore.
I went to see the doctor for my 2 month check-up. He was very impressed with my progress and said to keep doing what I had been doing. He said to have PT work on strength now. At the end of the appointment I said “Doc, when can I play golf, because it’s killing me to not play.” He told me that I was fine to play and I was pumped. I played golf that afternoon and shot 42. Not too bad considering. It is hard to get me weight onto my left side right now, so I hit a little fade, but it will come.
It sounds like the people that are put into the cast and then switched to different angles and different cast are working with an “old school” doctor. My doctor is younger and did the boot, this allowed me to progress as fast as I have. Everyone keep their chins up and you can make it back. I am no where near 100%, but I am real happy with where I am. I will be playing basketball again probably in November or December. Thanks for reading.
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