I’m entering my 6 weeks post - op mark. Compared to last week, I’m able to walk around a lot more with less pain. In the morning or if I don’t move around much, I feel stiffness in my lower leg surrounding my achilles, but not the achilles itself. At night, I ice for about 20 minutes prior to going to sleep. The incision is pretty much healed. The peeling is completely gone; it’s still somewhat puffy.
Today at PT, I did a reevaluation of my strength and ROM. This time around, I was able to improve my dorsiflexion, and squat unassisted; however, I’m still not able to preform any calf raises. As far as exercises this week, I rode the bike for 15 minutes at a level 8 resistance. I also started running on the elliptical for 10 minutes. For the remaining time, I performed sled squats for about 10 minutes, and working on some balance exercises. Tomorrow, I have my 6 week doctor follow up, so we’ll see how that goes.
Today I had my second physical therapy session. This session consisted of:
- bike riding for 10 minutes
- sled squats
- wedge stretching
- bending and straight leg foam rolls
- walking forward and backwards
- balancing on left and right leg
I feel pretty good after PT, and I’m glad to be out of the boot and not using crutches. I am able to wear regular shoes without lifts. The physical therapist did say if I am out and about, it may be a good idea to use the boot. One thing I have learned is, don’t let your achilles tighten up. You don’t have to necessarily work it hard, but light stretching and range of motion.
This is my first entry, and I plan on providing more documentation as I continue the achilles rupture journey. First, I’ll provide some background as to how I ruptured my left achilles, the surgical process, and where I am today.
I ruptured my left achilles playing basketball. I was in a crowd of people going for a rebound. As I proceeded towards the ball, it felt like someone stepped on the back of my left heel. I lost all power in my left foot and did have any lift. I hobbled on my right foot for about 8 feet before falling to the ground. At that point, I figured I had sprang my ankle and tried to stand. I was unable to stand and realized something wasn’t right. I was able to sit down, feeling for my achilles, and it felt like jelly.
I went to urgent care the following day. The doctor at urgent had me try to push up against his hand, which I could not. He then refereed me to an orthopedic surgeon, and I made an appointment two days later. The surgeon preformed the Thompson test and determined it was a complete rupture. I had surgery the following day.
Just to give you a timeline I injured it on Saturday July 30, Urgent care Sunday July 31, Orthopedic Appt August 2, Surgery August 3.
My surgeon did a technique that I was unfamiliar with. He made a small incision ( ~4 cm) on the back of my foot and then two incisions on the back of my heel. He told me this technique allows you to recover much faster. I was looking online, but I haven’t found much information on this technique.
I was placed in a splint after surgery for 1 week. After that week, I was placed in a boot. At the 3rd week mark, I was told to start doing band exercises. I’m currently in the 4th week, where I had my first physical therapy appointment. The physical therapist told me at 6 weeks I’ll be out of the boot and wearing shoes. He also provided me some exercises and stretches to do in between appointments. I’ll keep you updated as I make progress.