I underwent AT surgery in April 2008 after having tried almost every conservative treatment to get rid of longstanding achilles tendonitis. During surgery it showed up that my AT was partially ruptured. The surgeon repaired the tendon. I did not get a cast or boot, but was told to wait for 4 weeks to put partial weight on my right foot.
On August 11th - a rainy day almost 4 1/2 month after initial surgery - I slipped and had a total rupture of the tendon. I was admitted to surgery two days later, and the AT was once again sewed together. I was put in a cast for 2 weeks, and after that I was in a boot for 6 weeks. My experience from the first recovery period was that I pushed too hard and I therefore decided to be more patient his time. After getting out of the boot my foot was stiff, swollen and quite blue. I started moving my toes and doing some light exercices without putting any weight on. My aim was too improve flexibility and stimulate blood circulation. 13 weeks after the operation I carefully began to put partial weight on my right foot. I waited for 24 hours to observe the reaction, just to be sure that I did not provoke pain or morning stiffness. During the last two weeks I’ve used quite a lot effort to find a balance between activity and rest. I’m now 15 weeks post op. I still walk with both crutches most of the time, but I can now walk without crutches for short periods during the day. Though I’m not able to walk more than a few steps before I have to rest and elevate the foot, I make progress. My experience is that ATR is an injury that surely demands PATIENCE!!!! It’s hard - especially if you are used to being physically active. Best wishes to all of you! Be patient and take care!