Week 2

At week 1, doc kept stitches in because first post op appt was 6 days after surgery and he wanted stitches to stay in longer. There is no down side to keeping stitches longer but there is if they are removed too soon. So they took them out week 2.  Applied steristrips to scar after removal of stitches to ensure better healing.  I was given the boot with 2 heal lifts at week 1 and told no WB at all.  Two weeks after surgery also had my first PT. The only exercise involving my foot was hanging them over a table and getting my foot up to neutral and let it go back down, 3 sets of 20, 3X/day. Other exercises are for strengthening other muscles so that when walking begins, the weakened injured leg does not get overwhelmed and this also prevents limping.  Getting around with crutches and knee walker.  Swelling going down.

Week 1

Had surgery on 7/24. Was put in a splint for a week.  Asked doctor a lot of questions after doing some research, e.g. what type of suture materials and sewing method/knots.  He explained it all and the message I got was that he used heavy duty method to ensure repair was solid.  I even learned that he interwove my plantaris tendon (does not really do much) into the Achilles tendon to add more strength to the repair.

July 13, 2014 Misdiagnosed

Ruptured my right AT playing basketball.  Tried to be Lebron and ended up like Kobe!  Happened on Sunday 7/13 so went to urgent care.  The doc diagnosed me with a strained AT.  She gave me a small walking boot and I went on a weeklong business trip to the west coast.  I flew on planes, rented a car, held meetings and even bowled!  I now know that driving with a walking boot is DWi worthy…  It was hard to press the gas, not only with the boot, but with what turned out to be a completely torn AT.  No wonder… Anyhow, I get back home on Friday night and again, the weekend.  Since my leg was not getting better, I YouTubed and self diagnosed an ATR with the Thomson Test, something the urgent care doc did not even do.  This time I found an ortho urgent care and they confirmed the ATR.  (Tried to attach photo but not sure how this works yet).

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