Rupture, awesome recovery, OPEN rerupture with an insane wound!

Well her is a story about a 40 year old man who has a really tough year with his Achillies Tendon. In March of 2012 I was in the best shape of my life. I had recently qualified for the Alcatraz Triathon by doing and indoor sprint Tri 500 meter swim (10 min) 10 mile bike ride 25 mins, and a 5k in 20 minutes. I had been training for the OC 1/2 Marathon and my tempo pace was in the low six minute miles. I also had been doing Krav Maga 3 days per week. I wa doing Kettlebells 3 days per week, dips, and pull ups.

On April 3, 2012 is the day things changed. I went to a Krav Maga class (Isreali fighting system) and I was kneeing a pad pretty hard and I felt andheard a large pop in the back of my leg. I spun around because I thought I had been kicked from behind and there was no one there. I intended to go back to the drill and felt an insane pain in my Left heel. I hooped to the seating area and the instructors asked if I had heard a “pop” I said yes. One instructor said I was pretty screwed and I wound need to see a doctor.

I left the class and hooped to my car 200 yards, drove myself to a past physcial therapist/friend. He did the Thompson test and informed me that I was going to be getting a surgery!

I have some friends that are orthopedic surgeons and they referred me to my Suregeon who specialized in lower extremities. I named dropped alittle and got myself into a Wednesday morning appointment and scheduled a Thursday AM surgery.

April 5, 2012 Surgery went well and boy did it hurt.

April 13 (41st Birthday) and I got the cast off (end of Week 1) NWB

April 17 & 19 Started PT - Inversion/eversion, scar mobilization, crunches and leg lifts. (end of week 2) NWB

April 24 & 26 - Inversion/eversion (Planterflection/Dorsoflection) with Therabands, cruches, leg lifts and stationary bike 10 minutes. (end of week 3) 20% PWB
April 30 May 2- cold laser Therapy

May 1 & 3 I/E P/D 20 minutes on the Bike, Leg lifts, (end of week 4) 50%PWB, cold laser, ultrasound

May 8 & 10 75% PWB (one crutch) cold laser, ultrsound

May 15 & 17 FWB

May 22 - 45 minutes of swimming

June 6, 2 shoes with 5/17 lift

June 29 - no more show lift.

July 7 - Open rerupture OPEN ATR  RERUPTURE I lounged forward too early in my recovery. I thought the worst would be it would hurt but not reburst.

July 9 - Surgery for Achillies and the perpendicular open wound keflex

July 13 - Wound Check, new cast, keflex

July 20 Wound Check, new cast keflex

July 27 Wound Check, new cast discontinued keflex

July 31, Wound Check, new cast, removed stitches

August 10, Boot, Start at my previous week 2 of PT Which means I will not be 2 shoe until Mid Septmber or early October.

11 Responses to “Rupture, awesome recovery, OPEN rerupture with an insane wound!”

  1. What is an open re-rupture and how did you do it?

  2. KJ, I think an open re-rupture is a post-op re-rupture that opens the wound, sometimes revealing much more than the patient wants to see.

    Mrshea, it’s sad and ironic that ATRs can easily happen to athletes who are in top form. Our tendons are SUPPOSED to strengthen fast enough to stay stronger than the muscles that pull on them, or we’d be constantly disabled. Obviously, that system sometimes fails, most often with ATRs.

    I too am curious about how you blew up your healing AT. Were you “bad”?

  3. HAHA I was Super BAD! McLOVIN BAD!

  4. This is an OPEN Re Rupture

    http://achillesblog.com/mrshea/?attachment_id=7

  5. How do I post photos?

  6. Re-rupture was/is my biggest fear. 9 months later, I don’t want to ever go through that again, not so much for pain but for the darn inconvenience of the whole process. I was so ‘good’ except for totalling my car 9 weeks post surgery. Even now, I think of it almost every day. My thoughts are with you in your recovery. Take it slow and do isometrics for other muscles if possible.

  7. What haopened to cause such a re-rupture?

    Right on the 12week mark too, that sucks :(

  8. Sorry to read this, mrshea. It seems you rerupture it two months after surgery and I just passed that. It is scary… how do you rerupture it? Btw, when I ruptured mine, I was also in my best fit for 15 years.

  9. WOW! I am sorry that you got re-injured so soon. Please take it easy this time around with your recovery and don’t be BAD!!! Norm was spot on asking that. Time and patience, time and patience, tiem and patience! Keep us posted on your recovery 2.0.

  10. I just had an open re-rupture one week ago tonight. I had just finished week 8 of my rehab and was starting to do some FWB. My leg blew wide open and I had probably a 2 inch diamond shaped hole. It was not pleasant and I’m back on the couch. My approach to recovery will be much slower and conservative this time around.
    RC

  11. I just had an open re-rupture one week ago tonight. I had just finished week 8 of my rehab and was starting to do some FWB. My leg blew wide open and I had probably a 2 inch diamond shaped hole. It was not pleasant and I’m back on the couch. My approach to recovery will be much slower and conservative this time around.

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