Achilles Tendon Rupture/ Surgery and Recovery

Hi All,

I wanted to share my pain and recovery on my recent injury. Rupturing my Achilles Tendon.

Just to fill you in a bit about myself. I reached to grand old age of 40 in May this year and have never up until now had any injury that has stopped me training for more than a couple of days.

I like to think of myself as being in good shape for my age. I have been practicing Martial Arts for about 5 years, Tae Kwan Do, Muay Thai and Wing Chun. The last two only for about 18months. I run regularly (well i did) still can average 6.27 min/miles over 8 miles. Cycle and Mountain Bike. So you can get the picture I am pretty full on. On top of that I am a partner in our business which keeps me busy.

The injury occurred on the 14th June while at Muay Thai, Sparring all I did was step back to avoid a kick, nothing fancy as far as I could see it was all in slow time and the dreaded POP sound and down I went!!!! My instructor took me to the ER and what a waste of time that was as they X-rayed my ankle and said all I did was sprain it. They did not even perform the basic “Thompson Test” (not that I knew at the time) to see if my Achilles had been torn. I left there and was going on Vacation the next day to the beach. As you can imagine I couldn’t do a great deal and the rest did me good. I thought as at the time I didn’t know exactly what I had done it was recovering some what, until 27th June I stepped out of the back door to let my dogs out and slipped! Then I was in a world of pain.

Went to the Dr that morning and in no time at all they said YES that’s gone! Surgery was booked for Friday 29th June:

Blue Ridge Orthopedics in Seneca SC under Dr. Brown. This is the first surgery of any kind that I have had and I have to say I was scared to death!

The surgery went well, pictures to follow as soon as I can work out how to add them.

9 Responses to “Achilles Tendon Rupture/ Surgery and Recovery”

  1. Pauls’s I had the same experience with the Er. They told me I would get worst before getting better. I was in the process of signing for a new home so I waited a month (for it to get better)before I went to an or-tho surgeon, Then waited for the results of an MRI then off to surgery a month and a half later.
    Good Luck in your journey!

  2. Thank you, not good at this blog thing, still trying to work out how to do it and how do you add photo’s? Do I need to add a new blog each time or do I just add to what I am writing?

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  3. Just click on the media button (kind of a star on the toolbar) and it will browse for pics. I like to look back at my progress sometimes when I have slow weeks. :) I try to upload a pic every week or two. I found it so helpful to see others ahead of me and what they were dealing with when this first happened - otherwise, the leg discoloration at 12 weeks would have been creeping me out!

    I saw your post about the electronic stuff - they did that to me early on, but now it’s just ultrasound at each PT session. Not sure what it does - but I’m game for anything that might help.

  4. Funny you say that, I love seeing how others are doing to compare how I think I am to them! My scar has healed up fantastically and I purely put that down the electric therapy I have been having! It also has been helping with slowing down the muscle loss! In a few weeks this treatment will be helping me rebuild said muscles I will post as I go!
    Do I write a new blog each post or just add to my current one? Thanks for the tips on photos!

  5. Do a new blog post each time. Then you can scroll down and see the titles; 10 weeks post op, Setback, 1st PT, etc. :) I can go quickly to see my 4 weeks pic and realize the adhesion I’m dealing with was there already, for example. I make my poor kids take the pic behind me each week - they think I’m a nerd. ;)

    I’ve been reading 12 week posts today to see how I’m doing. I’m right in the middle - makes me happy. Also - you get good ideas from others’ PT sessions. :)

  6. For some reason the photos won’t load to my post! Got them to load onto the site but that’s it??? Any help would be appreciated!

  7. Hey Paul,

    Wow, great shots of the surgery and they really did put a fork in you!! Your scar and ankle are looking really good. My leg still looks like that.

    To address your comment on not having surgery, I only had a partial tear. With a full teat they have to go in an re-attach so the tendon will mend, and pull your gastrocnemius and soleus muscles back down. With my Achilles still attached, the Dr. just took all the pressure off it it and it realigned and began healing on it’s own…ah the amazing body.

    Don’t push too much, listen to your body and try and follow the Dr.’s and PT protocols and the time will go by faster than you anticipate.

  8. uscgdiver,
    In some cases, a full tear may require surgery but often it does not. I, normofthenorth and several other bloggers on this site are living proof of that. Studies done, most notably by the UWO have shown no statistical difference between recovery rates and re-rupture rates when using the latest fast recovery protocols for surgical vs. non-surgical repair. Unfortunately, the viability of non-surgical repair does not seem to be widely known. Even at my PT facility, one of the most respected in Chicago, none of the therapists had handled a non-surgical repair and I was quite a novelty.

    If you would like to know more about non-surgical repair and the UWO study, normofthenorth’s blog has a lot of information on it.

  9. Ya, uscgdiver, all the modern (>2007) randomized trials (4 of ‘em) showed comparable results for non-op and surgical treatment, and they all used ONLY patients with COMPLETE ATRs! The UWO study is the newest and biggest, and the full text is here on this site — look for “Studies” on the Main Page.

    It seems logical (and most Docs believe) that non-op should work even better with partial ATRs, but I’ve never actually seen any evidence that it’s true (or false). Logically, surgery should provide a huge benefit for complete ATRs, but the evidence shows Not So Much, either none at all or relatively tiny on average, depending on how you treat the data and the statistical significances. So I’ve come to distrust logical “proofs” in this field. When your theory disagrees with the facts, it’s not smart to blame the facts!

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