Hello to everyone,

Much like my recovery from a rt ATR I am starting out with this blog slow and tentative. I tore my AT on fathers day during a game of pickup bball. It was during the 3rd game of the day. I came down from a shot (I’m told I missed) and landed with my rt foot behind me. I felt the telltale crack on the back of the ankle and looked for the culprit. I knew what it was right away from the lifeless limp state of my foot. 2 days later I was on the operating table and now 2 weeks post surgery I am hobbling around in a boot trying to “walk” FWB per the doc’s instructions. I say “walk” because what I am doing bears little resemblance to walking.  In any event things are going fine I suppose. I get my work done just fine since I have a desk job. I’ve told the story of my injury approximately 30 millions times. Most people are surprised to hear how long it takes to recover from an ATR. I find that surprising but I think I am projecting my exposure to similar injuries in the sports world with NBA and NFL players. This one is a season ender folks. God bless my loving wife, she is the real victim in all this. She’s been run ragged between our 1 yr old and her 33 yr old.

Right now my short term goal is to be able to attend a football game (my beloved Michigan Wolverines) 10+ weeks out from surgery. I’ve heard conflicting reports from “you’ll be walking with a limp and a cane” to “don’t even try it since you will almost certainly re-injure it”.  I’m going to play it by ear for now but I am encouraged by how good I feel right now (no pain and making progress with the boot). Hopefully I’ll keep it up. My second love is fishing (I live in LA so my yearly trip back home to Michigan is usually my only chance to go) and I am a little more worried about my chances at making that trip.  The chance for a slip and fall on the uneven ground just seems too great. Again, day by day - inch by inch. One thing is fore sure, I am done with basketball. I’ll play horse with my daughter but that’s about it.

I see the doc next week which will be 3w 1d from surgery. My first post op was taking the cast off and being fitted with the boot (w/ 3 wedges). He tells me I will go back approx. every 10 days to remove a wedge and then go 10 more days with just the boot before switching to shoes. That is a scary proposition if ever there was one. The Doc seems to be taking an aggressive protocol which is fine with me (33 yrs old - good health). I previously had an ACL tear on the same leg (14 yrs ago) so I know about long term recoveries.  The amount of atrophy in my calf over the past 3 weeks is stunning. I can’t imagine what it must be like for people who go the entire 6 weeks in a cast. I hope I never find out first hand.  From reading everyone’s accounts and my own experience I know to speak up if something seems wrong and I certainly will take the cautious route when given the choice. My biggest gripe right now is that my doc is a Buckeye but we can’t all be perfect I suppose.

Fingers crossed and I will check back in with more news after my next appt.

Happy and speedy recovery to everyone!


  1. Hello Fellow Wolverine,

    Be careful disparaging basketball, Mike, that was one of my sports in Ann Arbor. (My coach was Bill Frieder, his first year there, my pitching coach was Ray Fisher, and Bo and Woody were going at it when I was there, so you know I go way back.)

    Ten-plus weeks postop is exactly where I was when I wrote my long “how-to” note about a fairly fast recovery. I hope you can be ready for that game, even if you are saddled with a buckeye doctor. Does he hide his horns with a surgical cap?

    Go Blue!


  2. Frieder and Bo! Now that’s old school!

    Hoops: I’m probably not going to play much more basketball after this ATR but on the day of my injury, I was having A BLAST up until the “pop.”

    My Michigan sports memories: I was at Michigan in the late 90s. The football team was co-nat’l champs (if I recall) AND I saw Brian Griese at Burger King once.

    Go Blue!

  3. I ruptured mine playing basketball aswell, I’m a few years younger (25) but I was out of the cast in 4 weeks and attended a Met game at the new stadium at about 10 weeks. It was actually the last day I was in the boot, ditched it the next day but felt I needed the extra support for the walking at the stadium and through the subway. Depending on how the recovery is going you should be fine to attend the game. I remember when I got the second cast on at about 3 weeks I couldnt believe how small my leg got, but that was pretty much the low point for the atrophy.

  4. Doug,

    Your story is inspiring. I think I might try to incorporate some of your regimen in with mine. On the doc he is my favorite buckeye right now but we’ll see how the recovery goes before I pass final judgment.


    That was my senior year of college and we just call it a national championship. No need for any of those qualifiers like “Co”.


    I like the sound of your story. Hopefully I can be looking at something similar when 10 weeks rolls around for me.

    Thank you all!

  5. Hi wubfree,

    Ray Fisher is truly old school. He pitched in the infamous 1919 World Series, near the end of his major league career. (For you young folks, that’s the series of the Black Sox scandal, the one that got Shoeless Joe Jackson barred from baseball for life, until his ghost showed up on a farm in Iowa.) Coach Fisher was a great guy and an incredible pitching coach, a real treasure.

    My nephew played on that 1997 national championship football team. Interestingly, he’s now training to be an orthopedic surgeon.

    And you had your surgery at CPMC. I did my last two years of medical training at the old Children’s Hospital of San Francisco, now part of CPMC.

    It’s a small world,


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