Finally I see some progress

Hi everyone,

After 3 weeks of PT, yesterday I achieved an important milestone. After a hard session of PT I was finally able to put my heel on the floor, making an 90 degrees angle between the leg and the foot. When I took my cast off, the distance between the heel and the floor was about 2 inches.

I can sense a progressive improvement, but it takes so much effort and mainly… time. Now I am aware that it really takes a full year to recover. A small step each day…

Status after the first week of PT

Hi all, greetings from Portugal,

After the first week of physical therapy I feel that the muscles of the foot and leg are getting better. I’m doing PT everyday and the pool and exercises are really helpful.

However, I still can’t bend the foot in a 90º degree angle. It’s going to be a looonnnggggg rehab… maybe 16 months or more :(

Another tennis victim :)

Hello everyone,

My name is Oswald, I’m from Portugal and I’m 40 years old. Forgive my bad English: it is not my native language, but I hope you can understand me.

First of all, congratulations for this superb site ! My rupture happened 2 months ago but unfortunately I was not able to find it until today.  I’m absolutely delighted reading the useful information in this site.

Well, I guess it’s time to write about my rupture: I was playing tennis for about one hour when I heard a loud “POP”.  For some miliseconds I thought that it was the rackect breaking,  but the pain in my left leg quickly made me change that diagnostic. :)

I went to a public hospital (here the public health care is universal) and after the Thompson’s test the verdict was: “total rupture of the Achilles tendon”. The doctor told me that I needed surgery and a long, long rehab.

I went to surgery the next day. The surgery was very quick: about one hour.  After the surgery, I regained consciousness surprisingly quickly and the pain was moderate. I was in the hospital for 5 days, then I went home.

I was told that I should wear a hard cast for six weeks, but I had it for seven long weeks. 2 weeks ago I finaly had the cast removed. My foot was awful: full of dead skin.

I started the Physical Therapy last week, but I feel that something’s wrong. In fact, I cannot make a 90 degree angle with my foot. For example, if I try to put the foot on the floor, only the fingers touch the floor, even if I put some pressure on it.

I feel my muscles and tendons streched to the maximum, but the foot simply does not bend. Anyone had the same probelm ?