Accidentally put weight on foot…

I’d appreciate any thoughts (reassuring or otherwise) about this.

I’m still in a cast (4 weeks tomorrow) not equinus anymore but still not flat. We were coming out of the theatre, the rows of seats are narrow, and I had to crutch along and then start going up some stairs at an angle. I was worrying too about getting out ahead of the rush. Anyway at some point I put down the wrong foot! I think I sort of stood on the toes of that foot for a second). I don’t know how much weight I put on it. The tendon hurt at the time - a bit like it did when the ankle was stretched to go into the new cast. Now the tendon doesn’t hurt, but it hurts a bit higher up, I guess near the calf muscle. It doesn’t hurt much, or constantly, but I’m just scared in case I have torn it…

47 Responses to “Accidentally put weight on foot…”

  1. I did something similar even earlier in my recovery, twice. One time I felt a ripping and the second time just pain in the tendon and toes (pain the first time too). I thought for sure I had ruptured it but fortunately I didn’t. I didn’t have it hurt up in the calf area though.

    Call a doc if you are worried! They will get you answer one way or another!

  2. Nearly all of us have had similar scares of accidentally placing weight on our injured foot while still NWB. I know I had 2, the 2nd worst than the first as I had fallen off my knee scooter and caught myself with my casted foot–ouch! However, nearly all, including me, don’t tear or re-rupture their Achilles tendon as a result. The casts and boots provided are designed to be very protective of your healing Achilles and they do work. My guess is your weakened calf muscle instinctively contracted a little at the feeling of weight bearing and that’s what you’re feeling now. Given your description of events, I would be very surprised if you’ve done any real harm. -David

  3. For another data point, I did the same thing 4-5 days ago. I was hopping up on a bar stool and accidentally tapped the casted foot on the ground. I experienced a little pain higher than my repair, near the bottom part of my calf. Like davidk said above, I think it was the calf muscle contracting. In fact mine stayed tight, almost to the point of a mild cramp for days. When my cast was removed three days later, it was still tight. The surgeon pushed around on my calf (very uncomfortable for me) and said not to worry. When I was finally able to feel the area that was painful, the muscle felt very hard and knotted. I’ve been massaging it now that I’m in boot.

  4. When I was still NWB and in the boot I took a really bad fall and came down hard on my injured leg hitting the toe on the ground. The pain radiated all the way up my achilles and calf. It caused a little bleeding at my scar (where I still had a scab from the stitches being removed)and lots of swelling. I too, thought I tore it again. thankfully, I did not. Hopefully you will find that you are fine as well, but the best thing is to check it out with your dr. because at least you can stop worrying and wondering.

  5. Thank you so much for these replies - they are very reassuring.
    The pain is totally gone now, and all seems back to normal, so I’m going to assume that no damage has been done.

  6. I’m so glad to have found these replies! I’m 2 weeks in to this and accidentally put weight on the wrong foot in a near fall from my knee scooter. I was terrified that I might have ruined the whole process! Gonna follow through with my Dr. in a few days just to be safe. I’ll be so glad when this is over.

  7. TaraH, I rolled my ankle at day 43 while in a protective boot, felt sharp pain, went back to my surgeon to get checked out. Turns out I sprained my ankle, but did not injure the tendon. While it’s always risky to draw conclusions with a sample of one, I do think that the casts and boots do a great job of providing protection. That said, definitely worth seeing your orthopedist to get a clear picture. A good clinician will be able to tell a lot.

    Good luck!

  8. I am also glad to read these replies. I am also two weeks into this. And I too had a little scare with my scooter. I came down with full weight on my bad leg. I have my follow up in two days. Everything was going so well. Now I have a little tingling in that leg and some involuntary twitching in my calf muscle. No pain, just the tingling and twitching. The twitching might have been caused by my anxiousness. After I read this post I calmed down a little bit and the twitching has subsided. My concern is my cast is very loose already, and for some reason the ball of my foot near the toe is not and was not covered to prevent my toes from pushing up during an accidental slip. Is it not natural for the brain to try to plant that foot? Since this post made me feel much better, I will follow up after I see the doctor to let everyone know how it turned out. Perhaps this post will Allow others going through this similar life of purgatory to receive a little rest.

  9. I had my follow up yesterday. Not only was there no damage, but everything healed very nicely. I told the doctor about the slip and he was completely unconcerned. The stitches were not harmed, the wound healed nicely, and there was no swelling. While not the topic of discussion on this post, I was expecting that I would be immobilized in a boot without putting weight on my foot for a lot longer. But it so happens that the doc told me once I got my foot to go to 90° to start putting weight on it. So today I walked with my boot and elevated heels pretty much all day. It feels fantastic to be on the upswing. For those going through this ordeal, remember that everything after the surgery is positive progress. This too shall pass. And if you do it right you will be 100%. I am in the military. There are many that I know that will never be 100% again after injuries that they sustained. While that is comparing a negative with a less negative thought it truly is helpful to keep that in mind. For those going through this: stay positive and take it one day at a time. I still have some months until I return to normal activity, but the small victories are keeping me positive. Losing the scooter the peg leg and the crutches today was a great motivator.

  10. Surgery two weeks ago, currently in a soft cast. lost my balance and my foot hit the floor. Some tingling and a very little pain. I can still wiggle my toes and slightly move my ankle. I am in fear of a 2nd surgery. Currently have my leg propped up and ice being applied. Has any one else every had this happen?

  11. I did LV. It’s always good to get a hold of your doc in cases like this. Mine hurt like heck after I fell on it, but since the pain went away I wasn’t too concerned that I did anything serious.

  12. About 10 days in - been in a splint since surgery. Stitches not out yet. Been very diligent about not bearing weight on the injured foot. Today, went to get on the knee scooter and misjudged. Instinctively put my bad foot down to stop a fall, then fell back in the chair. Felt something that didn’t feel like pain but more like an electric shock. Sat down and the feeling went away after a few minutes, now just feels a bit tight. Going to see doc on Monday to check and make sure.

    Sounds like this has happened to plenty of people - anything I should stress about??

  13. TaylorD,

    I did the same thing while on the Knee Scooter. I was vacuuming out the car in the garage and went around the car to fast and down I went and extended my surgery leg out! Felt like this SHOCK going thru my body. I immediately went inside and iced it down. I was in my walking boot when it happened. I called my PCP (who is my best friend) and he came over to check me out and everything was OK.
    Smart to have the DR check it out just incase!

  14. Thanks everyone! Figured I’d check back here. Saw the doc today and all was well after the mishap. Put me in a big boot, stitches out on Thursday.
    Today, I was able to push back on the doc’s hands with more force than I’ve been able to since surgery. Felt good!m

  15. I’m two week post surgery and I was getting out of my car and lost balance. Naturally I attempted to use my injured foot to catch myself and put a good amount of weight on the injured foot. Felt like a shock in the area of the injury and I have a a lot of tightness in the bottom of my foot. It scared me quite a bit but reading these calmed me a little. I have my follow up in two days I’m hoping I didn’t do anything to ruin my progress.

  16. I had my hard cast taken off about a week, but it had an extreme sharp edge on it that went against my calf and had to come off, so i was put in a boot. A little over two weeks, i went out to start my truck and pressed on my clutch….bad move, but the pain went away pretty quickly. Since then i have had to put weight on my foot 2x, but only for a brief moment to keep from falling. Its has been a month since my peroneol surgery and i got my stitches out today. I’ve been religious about keeping it elevated for the entire month, the stitches were about to become a part of me. The DR told me “The only way we are going to know if any damage was done, will be after all of my rehab is done, but more then likely i am ok”. After reading your posts. I gotta say i feel A LOT better,and have hope!!Also nice to know i’m not traveling through this shit storm alone. LOL If my exterior stitches healed that fast..There’s a good chance my interior stitches held up ok. After all, more than 60% was un torn, so only 40% was repaired. I’m still a little numb and tingling on the top of my foot around my big toe, but hopefully that will go away in time. It took me FOREVER to find these posts, but i’m so glad i did! I hope ALL OF YOU have the best recovery possible, and thanks so much for sharing!!

  17. Slipped onto foot like the second day excruciating
    Pain better now have appt tomorrow so hoping for no
    damage in soft cast like splint

  18. 3 weeks post op, completely ruptured my Achilles. Been doing ok managing on one leg for a month now, but today I lost balance when getting from car to knee scooter and put weight on my recovering leg, talk about SHOCK to the system! Yikes! Sitting now with my leg elevated. I’m in a cast for another 3 weeks till I see the doc to get it off. This thread has really made me feel better about what happened and eased my fear of reinjuring my tendon. I’m a SHM with 3 kids so this injury has been really rough, but there is encouragement for me in threads like this, so thanks for taking the time to post!! Wishing everyone all the best and feeling 100% ASAP!

  19. Hi there first thanks for the posts. I had archilles tendon and calcanel exostectomy 2 weeks ago. Everything going well today I had stitches removed and hard cast out on. While trying to get into the house with crutches I fell on cement step forward the pain was excruciating! I’m more worried about damage to a foot that was healing so well. Right now 4 hrs later it still stings burns. I have it elevated. Hoping all is ok.

  20. I was 5 weeks post op after achilles debridement and reattachment - also had the gastrocnemius lengthening procedure. I fell while navigating up a small set of stairs on the front porch. I was still NWB but unfortunately my full weight came down on my bad foot. I experienced a complete rupture of the Achilles - and there was NO QUESTION about whether or not I had ruptured it. I knew immediately that I’d done so because I literally felt it pulling off the heel bone, and it literally sounded like someone tearing fabric in two. My surgeon has been doing this for 17 years and I was the first patient in his history to ever rupture after this type of surgery.

    So, I had surgery again two days later. I’m now 10 days post op from the second repair. Taking everything slow and steady to make sure I don’t hurt myself again.

    I wish everyone the best of luck. Take things slow and be extra careful in all things, even when it doesn’t seem necessary! Quick recoveries to us all!

  21. So sorry you had to have a 2nd surgery Heather! I was lucky when I fell doing a similar thing (one little step in the house, using crutches). I did put some weight on my surgery foot but the hard cast (well not a total cast but hard nevertheless) kept it from flexing. It still hurt like the dickens but there was no damage done. After that hubby banned me from crutches so I got good at maneuvering all over the house, up and down small steps and our staircase, on my knee scooter. :) I’m getting ready for the same surgery (heel spur removal) on my other foot in August. Can’t wait! My right foot feels so good now and my left foot hurts like heck when I play soccer (my main source of exercise).

  22. THANK YOU SO MUCH for these posts. I was google what just happens to me today and I found this. Reading this makes me feel better about what just happened. Today is 1 day after surgery… this just happened to me.. I was crutching from bathroom to bed and fell. Not an expert on crutches yet obviously. I didn’t land on the bad foot, I fell forward and tried to catch myself on a table with my hands but the bad foot came down anyway as I fell forward , and sort landing on on the ball of that foot. I’m worried I stepped forward and pulled On the tendon. It happens so fast I’m honestly not sure if I landed flat footed or stepped Forwards. But It hurt really bad for a few minutes but I popped a pain pill. I’m a little worried I did some damage or worse re-tore the Achilles. Again the surgery is like 36 Hours ago. Should I worry?

  23. Had full tear of Achilles. Just a day or so after 2 weeks, caught the curb of one step on the scooter, instinctively forced injured side down to catch myself (probably instinct to protect my head from hitting ground). I fell forward and tumbled over, feeling a rip and shock feeling. It’s more swollen now, but initial pain went down, except for my lower, inner Achilles area that originally hurt the most. I spoke with the doctor by phone, as my Splint is looser due to calf atrophy. Despite my description, he said there’s a low chance of a re-rerupture, but to have me come in Monday (2 days later). I’ve been in a mental whirlwind since it happened, and hoping I’m ok. So far every thread but one makes me feel mentally better. Wish me the best!

  24. *re-rupture (not re-rerupture). Will let you know more on Monday!

  25. It’s torn. Surgery again.

  26. Yikes! Time to get your own blog page setup BMan. Sorry you have to start over again on the recovery road.

  27. What a relief to read these posts! Two weeks after surgery and just had the experience of falling off my scooter and intstictively trying to stop myself by putting out my bad foot. Full weight on foot before falling to the ground. It still hurts like hell 30 minutes later….. have it elevated and have taken pain meds. I’d love to ice it, but the current semi-soft cast is too thick to have ice do any good. I go to dr Tuesday to get staples out and get a hard cast…..hopefully, mine will turn out as well as most of the others!

  28. Taydra - I’m surprised the folks who put your cast on didn’t tell you how to ice. Put ice behind the knee. That cools the blood going to the foot. Hopefully the foot is OK! And you can setup your own blog if you want to share your journey with us and those who follow. :)

  29. Glad to find these posts. I’m 4.5 weeks post op and slipped on my crutches tonite. I put what felt like my full weight on my injured leg. No pain, but a severe stretching feeling. Still feel some dull aching, so i called my doc and am awaiting a response. Fingers crossed hoping it’s not re-ruptured.

  30. Torn my Achilles and I was exactly 1 week of surgery and still in my soft cast and was at the movie theater watching Avengers The End Game when it got to the last part with all the action were going on and I was in need to use the rest room, I was sitting up two levels as i was a bit hasty as I was crunching down I trip over the stairs and landed on my bad foot I felt pain admittedly through my foot almost as when I first injured it and felt pain on my Achille, muscle was tweaking a bit, felt pinch all around my bad leg like I took pre-workout C4, that night I went to bed and I felt as my leg was burning and muscle tweaking leg tinkling all night. I was 5 days way to get into my hard cast so I didn’t contact the Doc and wait and stress it out was my descion, did a bunch of research and drove me even more crazy. Turns out that my foot was fine Doc checked it throughly and it was in good condition. All I have to say is dont be stress and stop researching things you dont want to read or hear because all you’re doing is ruining your days to come. Think positive you’ll be fine I turned out ok. Call you Doc if your worry. I would like to thank you all for writing and hope everyone a quick recovery.

  31. I fractured my heel on 3/23/19 calcaneus . Had surgery on 4-9 pain has been bad nwb so so I’m in a hard boot. I also purchased a sleep/ relaxation boot when I’m relaxing on sofa . I went to close window so I’m hopping over very short distance while bracing myself on furniture on my way back went to sit down and put all my weight On injured foot omg . Didn’t hurt just felt different I have not have weight on foot for over 2 months. I called doctors office was told if additional pain or swelling to come in I’m praying there is no additional harm can’t handle any more surgery. I was told not to worry and I had recently been give permission to apply weight to heel of foot but no walking .

  32. I ruptured my achilles about 3 weeks ago, had my surgery a week ago, nwb. Everything was going great until i slipped off my scooter while making a turn. Landed on my toes of the injured foot and felt a pain throughout my leg. Pain lasted about 30 seconds. Called the doctor and he told he thinks i am fine but i am stressing the hell out. I have my 2 weeks follow-up in a week. Just praying nothing I haven’t re-ruptured it, I would be devastated if this was the case. It had already taken a lot of out of me the last 3 weeks, don’t know if i will be able to prolong that.. Pray for me.

  33. Hey Serge that was a tough moment let us know if everything is fine.
    Mine was a full rupture of 2 inches (10cm) I went to work on it for 2 weeks. Truck driver
    I had my Surgery on June 5th by the 8th I had a scooter and started to get around the house.
    I know I’m pushing things everyday even though I have the fear of a new rupture like the
    rest of us. Just cant lay down like an invalid. I see my Dr. on the 13th looking forward to what
    he says since each day I have pushed things even more.
    So how does the tendon feel today?

  34. Hi Serge you will be fine. I had my surgery and am in splint, friend accidentally hit my toes when giving me a pillow and I felt pain through my lower leg for a few seconds called my mother who has had this surgery before and said should be fine, after all, if our toes were a major issue they would have them covered and not let them stick out.
    don’t stress

  35. Had Kidner procedure 2 plus weeks ago to remove accessory navicular bone and reattach tendon. Went well; had a new cast out on yesterday. Last night the back wheel of my scooter caught on door moulding, tipped and I put my entire weight on my casted leg. Excruciatingly painful. Throbbing and sore today. The dr. said to use pain meds and contact him in a few days. Read the ice behind the knee advice in this thread and wanted to say thanks for that.

  36. I am 2 weeks out of surgery and I fell because of my scooter tipped over. I felt what felt like tearing at my ankle and I was in tremendous pain. I took pain medications and anti-inflammatories and the next day I woke up and I’m not nearly and any kind of pain. I know I have to go to the doctor but if I ruptured my achilles I should be in a lot of pain today right?

  37. I am a week in post surgery and I am in a splint. I was getting out of bed and accidentally slid and put some weight on my foot. It felt weird it didn’t hurt, I don’t think i stepped on it hard enough to do damage. But I know a lot of people fall and slip during the during the nwb stage! Right now my achilles is in no pain

  38. Should I be worried?

  39. I too can say I fall into this category. I’m a few days short of 6 weeks post op and 3 days ago I planted on my bad foot. I was wearing boot but it felt like a bur i g sensation from mid Achilles on up. Like I was pushing a muscle stretch too far. It was painful. I am scared I may have torn my repaired tendon. I still have movements up and down, side to side. Noticed a small bump off to the side of my tendon by the incision. That area is tender. When I massage that bump it seems to go away but appears after a while again. Been running my fingers up and down the tendon and it feels to me, intact.
    Thoughts anyone? Should I be worried??

  40. Rick, I bet you will be just fine. Sounds like you and I are about on the same timeline as I will be 6 weeks post op this Friday. I had a similar scare like yours earlier on where it felt like a muscle stretch gone a bit too far. It was painful when it happened, but no pain after that. I asked my doc about it and he said everything looked good and that it would be difficult to re-rupture with the boot (or in my case it was the splint) on. I’ve also heard that if you re-rupture, you would hear and feel that snap again just like what happened during your original rupture. I didn’t hear/feel anything, and sounds like you didn’t either, so I bet it’s just a little scare. Are you not yet FWB in your boot? I have been since week 4 and it seems to be going well so far.
    Good luck!

  41. Paul, I am still NWB. Mine was a complete rupture. I had them take a pic and it looked like shredded pork in there. Lol. I have pretty good range of motion. Obviously sore. I have my appt on Thursday. I just don’t see myself being blue to put weight on. Unless they say it’s more of a deal with the pain and slowly work it type deal. I’ll do what they tell me but it’s such a slow process. I was told a minimum of 56 days NWB. My last appointment all they would let me do was ankle pumps and push the foot up just enough to where it was a little uncomfortable. My leg is so small. Haha. It’s going to be a long few months.
    How was it the first time you stepped on it? Tingly, sore, pain?

  42. Rob I think you are fine. Happy healing!

  43. Rick, I also had a complete rupture and the doc told me it was shredded too. He said he tried the suture kit to start, but it didn’t hold, so he made another incision and sewed it up ‘old school’, whatever that means. He said he could have pulled me off the operating table by my foot and it wouldn’t have come apart. I guess I’ve just been really fortunate because I had very little swelling and really no pain to speak of. I started full boot walking (FWB) at 4 1/2 weeks and have not experienced any pain at all when I boot walk. OF course i was very careful in the beginning, but now i’m walking pretty well in it (I’m almost at 6 weeks post op now). My calf is really atrophied. I do some very light massaging like you and that is a little bit uncomfy, but i don’t push that at all. It seems there is just a huge spectrum of postop treatment out there, some docs more conservative than others, but each case is different too so in the end, I always follow my doc’s advice. Wishing you all the best. Let me know how your Thursday appt goes.

  44. Rob, I agree with Rick - lots of people experience a little slip during that period and it’s scary to think you might have screwed up (I had the same experience). But more than likely, you’re just fine. Good luck!

  45. Wow… this is the blog I’ve been looking for. Thanks to all of those who have posted the messages on their experiences and outcomes! It’s an incredible source of reassurance. For background, I fully ruptured my Achilles’ tendon in the first week of August and had surgery roughly a week later. Regarding the concerns that have been expressed about accidentally putting weight on the affected leg during NWB — I did the exact same thing myself last week, twice in one day. The first time I had a crutch get caught up in a loose extension cord while at work. Then later that day one of my crutches slipped out from under me on some slippery concrete in an underground garage, and I put weight on the injured foot again. In both cases I experienced the same electric tingle that has been described in previous posts, though not much pain. I’m slated for my next doc’s appointment in a couple weeks, but may try to get in earlier so they can take a look to see whether I have done any damage. The tendon still appears to be intact, though I do have what appears to be a marble-sized knot on the tendon right below the bottom of the surgical incision. Still, reading the experiences and responses here may help me to just take a deep breath and calm down. I had no idea the fear of re-rupture would consume my thoughts like it has. Just gonna keep hobbling toward that light at the end of the tunnel.

  46. Update. I was assured by my doc that what I did is very common, and by the looks of it on this thread and from him happens to just about all of us. I’m now 8 weeks out and able to walk in a boot unassisted. I have been lightly limping around the house with extreme caution without it through out my day. Still very tight. And the upper part of calf is hard to the touch. Been massaging it through out the day and seems to help.
    Has anyone else during this time frame experienced and like sharp pains now and then? It’s not constant. I have been running my fingers up and down the tendon and it feels fine. It’s just a really weird feeling.
    I talked to another friend who did the same thing a few years ago and he was walking and back to work during the 7-8 week marK. Which was kinda frustrating and surprising. They have not put me in any PT yet either. All he told me was in 2-1/2 weeks he wanted to see me walking into my appointment, in my boot of course and then possibly get rid of the boot all together a couple weeks after that.
    My concern now is how stiff it is and the certain sensations I get back there. No swelling unless I’m on my feet for a long period of time.

  47. Rick, nice to have you and LeahMichelle to compare notes with since we’re all going through it about the same time. Today marks 8 weeks since my surgery. I’ve been walking in a boot for the past 4 weeks and have gotten pretty good at it. I do a couple miles a day around a nearby park, and generally live my life normally through the day except for no biking/hiking/motorcycle stuff. I’ve been too chicken to walk even a step without the boot on as i’ve read so many times that this is sorta when people re-rupture if it’s going to happen. I used to get those weird quick shoots of pain down there, but can’t say it’s happened recently. Might be that you’re testing your Achille’s more than i am though. I see my doc on Monday and believe he will let me take one of the two heel lifts out of the boot then. I’m also going to ask to start PT, even though the doc doesn’t really think it’s needed. Good luck!

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