Not the end of the world

First, I have to say that this website and the stories of the community members have really helped me find it much easier to deal with my ATR. My rupture occurred during a racquetball tournament in New Mexico; I reacted to the ball coming off the front wall when I heard a distinctive “pop” and what could only be described like my foot went through a hold and something hitting me below my calf. Right alway I knew something was not right so off to the ER i went.

The rupture occurred January 07, but due to my circumstances, I opted to wait to return to South Carolina from New Mexico to get the surgery. So I made the 1700 mile drive home, then got the surgery January 24. I considered myself pretty fortunate to have had no pain, from accident or from post surgery. I was placed in a splint for 2 weeks post surgery, then got a cast and expected to be placed in a boot march 6, at neutral position and PWB for 2 weeks.

Things have not been too bad. As I mentioned, when the accident occurred, I had no pain and I was very relaxed and calm prior to surgery. Not much pain at all post op, and I took pain killers for the first three days after surgery. The only problems I did encounter were abnormal sleep patterns for the first couple weeks, especially during the time I had the splint. I think that a positive outlook and patience goes along ways when dealing with an injury of this sort. Plus, I have plenty of talents to help occupy my time while I remain limited with my mobility.

This is my story for now but I am planning on sharing my insight with this injury.

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  2. Sounds good! I think close to half of us escape pain from the ATR, but very few escape it post-op. I had no pain EXCEPT post-op, and during one month-long setback.

  3. I’m the same as Norm - no pain at all from the ATR, but after surgery it was pretty bad - heck, to this day at 9 months I still have some, not on the achilles but all around from working the muscles around it to get them back in shape.

  4. Great attitude, and I am happy to hear that is was not that painful. My splint was not comfortable either, so I had it removed after a week.

    After my injury, I had a difficult time driving my Jeep Cherokee home because pressing down on the gas and brake were a bit difficult. How you drove that far is amazing!

    Good luck, and keep us posted.

  5. Sounds like things are going well so far and you seem to have a great attitude to it all. Most recently when I re-ruptured, I had no pain with the injury or after surgery which was one lucky thing about re-injuring myself!

    I think you’re right, patience and a positive outlook will help you deal with your injury and recovery. Good luck!

  6. I also had delayed surgery 7th Feb, 5 weeks after rupture with no pain at all I was told by a doctor in Gambia that the tendon was just stretched and would be fine in 2 weeks. On return to England went straight to A & E and was told it was ruptured COMPLETE TEAR, I was thinking a partial tear (shock horror) surgery.

    I had walked on the leg for 8 days and even drove myself to the hospital now I am 11 days post op in a front half cast / bandage to below the knee NWB this is the worst time of my life and getting my shoe back on seems weeks away.

    I focus on the next hospital appointment Feb 28th hopefully I will be in the boot and take a stage at a time, trouble is patience is not something I am good at. All the positive and moral boosting comments have been great just what I needed to push me forward to recovery. Its not the pain its the boredom and losing your independence that hurts the most.

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