Week 3 - Fell on ATR foot..

It’s been 3 weeks post-op and I’m in a hard cast. Yesterday, I was reaching for my crutches, when I slipped and fell on my injured foot. It was quite painful, but the pain went away after I got up.

I’m wondering, how much impact would that have on the recovery? Would something like that cause a rerupture?

It should be unlikely right? since the cast is there to prevent something bad from happening..?

Today, the foot’s more swollen than yesterday and there is less range of movement in my toes especially the big toe. I called the doctor, but she won’t be in the office till tomorrow.

Can anyone help please?




  1. joe354 Said,

    October 19, 2009 @ 11:50 am


    The same thing happened to me the day I got my hard cast on. Was getting up out of the dentist chair and lost my balance and put my full weight on my foot. No pain but I’ve never had any pain with this so I don’t think it makes a difference. But….it had no impact on my injury…Honestly I think you’re just going to have to wait and see what the doctor says. I’d guess they will probably take your cast off to take a look when you get in there….When it happened to me I didn’t go to the doctor or anything because nothing out of the normal was happening. But better safe than sorry…


  2. ultidad Said,

    October 19, 2009 @ 2:31 pm

    Mike, the day before my 2 week post-op check, I lost my balance heading into to garage and ended up putting a good deal of weight on my injured foot (and taking the brunt of things on my rear end). Like you, I felt pain that promptly resolved. I am 6 1/2 weeks out now and have had no ill effects. As far as your toes being swollen, I would suggest ice and elevation. Good luck. Ron

  3. michael784 Said,

    October 19, 2009 @ 7:57 pm

    Thanks Joe and Ron. Hopefully like in your experiences no additional damages were caused. Foot seems to be okay today, other than the additional swelling. It’s so hard to tell if everything’s okay with ATR though, since there wasn’t really much pain after the original rupture.

  4. dancingdoug Said,

    October 20, 2009 @ 10:58 am


    I also inadvertantly jumped to my feet (both feet) shortly after surgery while coaching my son’s little league baseball team. I was on the bench when a foul ball was hit toward the bench and people yelled “heads-up.” So, what did I do? looked up for the ball and jumped up off the bench on both feet (I was FWB for a brief second). While I was wearing the “boot” at the time, my ankle and heel hurt for about a week afterward. I visited the Doc a couple weeks later and he said nothing was wrong, but told me “don’t do that again!”

    I am now approximately 19 weeks post op and am doing fine (walking, playing golf, etc) no ill effects from the jump on both feet. Talk to your doc but I would guess the boot protected your achilles like its supposed to.

    Good Luck.

  5. Philip Bailly Said,

    December 22, 2009 @ 10:30 pm

    Ten days after the operation, I fell and beared weight on the cast. It was fairly painful, just like when my achilles ruptured. The pain lasted a few minutes and then the swelling began. It took about 5 hours of tylenol/advil and elevation to get the swelling back down. I called the doctor in distress, fearing the worst, and he repeated 3 times that there was absolutely no need to take the cast off and look at it. He was extremely confident that the cast had prevented re-rupture.

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