Long journey

Headed for surgery today, need to get started on this thing. Ive really enjoyed others peoples posts and intend to participate during recovery.

3 Responses to “Long journey”

  1. Good luck and best wishes!

  2. I hope it went well! Looking forward to hearing how your journey of healing goes. I’ll be joining you in August - LOL!

  3. Hello All
    I have found this blog a life saver.
    So, therefore it is only fitting that I contribute with some tips that have helped me and may help others!
    I am 46 and reasonably fit and healthy. I completely ruptured my AT playing my regular game of squash 8 weeks ago.
    Key points.
    1. Ice and elevate straight away.
    2. Early scan (ultrasound in my case) for diagnosis and treatment options.
    3. Early treatment. I had surgery completed within 36 hours of injury.
    4.Stop pain meds ASAP. I stopped 48 hours post surgery. This allowed me to gently move/stretch the wound up to a comfortable level, without over doing it.
    5. Stop anti-inflammatories ASAP. Once again, I stopped these 48 hours after surgery. I believe, anti-inflammatories reduce the number of active healing cells in the area they are most needed to repair!.
    6. I was in a boot and on crutches. Day 3, I rented a KNEE SCOOTER. Amazing. This got me mobile fast, and allowed me to utilise my injured side knee, thigh and hip. These elements are largely redundant IMHO, with the use of crutches.
    7. Keep the rest of your body as active as possible, and elevate the ankle above your heart line when the swelling rises again.
    8. 2 weeks post surgery, I was walking about in moon boot and started to feel my healthy side hip and achilles tendon getting sore from overcompensation. So, I found LEVEL UPS! Huge advantage. Found them on Ebay. They strap underneath healthy side shoe, to level your hips to compensate for moon boot height. This should be standard issue and standard advice for anyone in a boot! I could now hobble about, without damaging my hips and keep most body muscles going (apart from the calf which was isolated by boot).
    9. 4 weeks after surgery, i felt that the moon boot was too restrictive. So, I purchased a VACOPED BOOT. Another game changer IMHO. I was able to buy their smaller SHORT achilles boot, because I had used a fixed standard boot for 4 weeks. This boot allowed me to vary and set ROM unto 45 degrees. It is quick to adjust, and I found myself setting it to different angles and ROM, depending on time of day, how it felt etc. This unit allowed me to safely load my tendon throughout the day.
    I felt another advantage of the short boot was, some degree of controlled calf muscle activation over their normal boot.
    10. 4 weeks post surgery, I finally stopped wearing a boot to bed! Started light swimming.
    11. 5 weeks, started walking with normal shoes/bare feet in safe and controlled environments (home and work for me), but boot and level up on in public areas.
    12. Started pilates class. Low stamina noted.
    13. 7 weeks. Normal shoes only. Walked for 2 hours. Exhausting. Shocked as to how depleted fitness levels were and loss of calf muscle. Able to hit golf balls on driving range again and did 20 min bike ride.
    14. 8 week review with surgeon. Cleared to continue progress and start calf raises with body weight only at first.

    I feel very good and after good conditioning, may go back to squash after 8 months or so!
    I wish you all well.
    PS. Remember everyone is different, and everyones injuries are different too. Healing capacities are different.
    I hope my thoughts are helpful to some of you.
    Good luck, think and be smart!

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« Hello world! Yes, so I had the surgery yesterday, but maybe back up a little to the event. My wife and I were traveling in Amsterdam when I went for a jog in Vondlepark. No weird movement or violent shock, just a sharp slap to the back of the leg accompanied with a sharp cracking sound. I almost went down, caught my selg and dragged the leg back .5 mis to the hotel. I continued to walk on the leg for 2 days trying to talk myself into thinking that I had a calf muscle tear-flat footed through the beautiful squares of Brussells with our tour group. The injury site was starting to swell so I went to a hospital emergency room and I was diagnosed with the achilles injury by a competent orthopedic resident fluent in English (can’t imagine how this might have gone on some on treks in Tibet or Peru). So we worked with the Road Scholar, the tour group to rearrange our flight home ten days early. Travel insurance kicked in and we flew first class (small blessing) back to Spokane, 24 difficult hours, arriving home on June 17th. I went to a sports medicine clinic on Monday morning and the surgery took place yesterday at 2 PM. I had both the general anaesthetic and a block. Everything went according to plan and I woke up alert and in no pain. I slept well last night, still a little groggy and the block is still in place - no pain at all at this point. I’m not looking forward to rehab, just thinking a day at a time. Grateful for the blog, good community. BTW, I have promised my wife that we will return to Europe and continue our trip in 2019. Thanks for the well wishes. »