Well 4 weeks and 4 days after the initial injury I’m feeling fed up and looking for words of encouragement.
Im a 36 year old active male in the UK. Was playing football as I do every Sunday when I heard a large crack and turned to abuse the man behind me who I thought had kicked me to find no one there. At that point I knew I was in trouble
Visiting the Fracture Clinic the next morning they confirmed a Ruptured Achilles and said I had 2 options the Operation or the boot. I explained I went to the gym every day and played football but they still suggested the non surgical route, so as they are the experts took their advice
Having played football / soccer for 26 years with no real injuries I was so naive about my pain and recovery expectations and called my boss telling him the bad new by indicating I expected to be back at work, with crutches, over the next few days. How little I knew, My Aircast boot was wedged up but I was given little direction on what should happen next so I tried to walk out, nearly falling flat on my face and realising this might take a little longer than I thought.
My heart dropped when they explained no driving and I had to sleep with the boot on. Then the hammerblow….. I was looking at approximately 6 months before even thinking about getting back into my old gym routine
The first 3 weeks were a mesh of constant pain, and felling of uselessness as my wife ferries my four children to their daily routines of sports. I have to say that going back to work seem a million miles away but the thought of any more day time TV was slowly destroying the soul
So Week 4 comes and my first visit back to the hospital. Contrary to what I thought the doctor tells me it is knitting nicely and he saw some signs of movement in my toes while squeezing my calf. He has now removed 2 of the 4 wedges from the cast and said he was happy for me to return to work. So here I am First day back at work and its 3.19pm after arriving at 7am this morning. Leg is sore now and im back on the crutches to get around. I really thought I could have lost them by now but just feel vulnerable without them
Am looking for reassurance that others have been this route and can tell me what there experiences are and I am doing the right thing.