Call me a pansy but…

45 seconds. Exactly. No more. No less. I actually jogged for 45 seconds. No physio to be found. I was on the treadmill, at the gym, alone. I cried. Ok, as our good friend Manny said in his last post ’some will call me a pansy’. I don’t care. I’m with Manny. My wife always says, ‘ It takes a man to wear pink’ well, I’d like to add another, ‘It takes a grown man to cry!’

15 weeks ago today I left my life in the hands of a man with a knife. A man I had never met before in my life. He promised I would be jogging by June. He didn’t let me down. Was I scared when the treadmill reached 6.5 mph? Too right I was. Petrified!

I’m currently looking for work in Kuwait, courtesy of an uncaring employer who kindly cancelled my contract, in my darkest hour, and the thought of job hunting, in a foreign country, with one fully functional leg, left me a little nervous about the future but, ¬†you know what? If I can jog for 45 seconds then anything is possible!

It’s been an emotional few weeks. I said goodbye to Tina + Anna (the crutches), to my job, and now, to my fear of re rupture due to jogging. I must be careful 15 weeks is still very short in the world of Achilles recovery. I need to respect the injury.

To Manny and all the other pansies out there. I salute you!!

8 Responses to “Call me a pansy but…”

  1. I was a bit scared to start jogging again. 15 weeks is still early so be careful. Check the distance your toe can get from the wall when you knee is touching. You need 10cm at least to give you the amount of dorsi flexion needed to jog. Any less than that and you will be straining the tendon. Hope the job hunting goes well.

  2. Thanks for the advice Stuart. 10cm seems a lot? I had to laugh, I measured and tried 10cm with my good leg. No chance! I think it’s many years of trying to be a soccer player with numerous ligament injuries?! I’ll continue to take it easy! All the best.

  3. Great progress…how did your tendon feel after? What’s the next milestone your aiming for? Out of interest, are you able to get your knee and toe to wall?

  4. I want to jog! I’m almost 12 weeks post op. I’ll need to regain muscle and control but I want to be a pansy too!

  5. Shady - way before my injury while was marathon running the physio was concerned about my lack of dorsi flexion and said it could be an issue so we did some work on it. Too much stress on the AT but even then I had more than 10cm which really equates to an angle. 17 degrees sticks in my brain as good. 10cm toe from the wall would be less than that. Injuries and age take its toll and flexion can reduce. Tendons do not really stretch much. They are mildly elastic so the idea is to stretch the muscle. Your damaged tendon is probably less elastic than normal for the moment but that will improve. Probably a good idea to do some work on the other leg to increase your dorsi flexion and take a bit of stress off that AT. Jogging compared to running? A bit of a difference maybe in the length of stride and push off so jogging would not require as much flexion if you reduce your stride.

  6. You’re not a pansy! Cry it out. Good for you!

  7. Definitely a pansy and new to this, opted non surgery due to fear (runs in family) 33 yrs old complete tear 3cm and went through a roller-coaster of treatment. First doc gave me 2 options went non surgery and was put in a toes down fiberglass cast. (Ortho) next was a flat footed cast for another 6 weeks, 12 weeks total. I felt this was contradictory from everything I read. i found a new doc that specializes in ankles, pulled me out of the cast and now in a boot with 3 wedges. (cloth foam things) Wanted to know anyone under 35 who went non op, not sure of expectations, how to know its healing etc….4 weeks in now… injury 5/21

  8. Sean - Do a bit of research in the pages on non op treatment and you will find it works well IF you follow the modern protocols. The best thing you have done is find a doctor who has you in a walking boot and weight bearing is what needs to happen now if you are on a modern protocol. Not weight bearing increases your risk of re-rupture significantly when going non op. Your age really has very little to do with how you recover but your recovery is more important for your age. Many people 20 years older than you are still as active and require a good outcome. The other very important thing about non op is for the tendon ends to approximate. A gap of 5mm is enough to cause a significant strength deficit. The body fills the gap with new tissue and the only way to shorten the tendon is surgery. You will not know for at least 12 months but your treatment sound OK. Starting the way you did is good with a hard cast and toes pointing down. This should get the tendons ends to touch and 3cm is not too bad. Check out Hillie’s page for a good non op example. There are lots more but many are not around anymore so they may not see your message.

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