Second Time Around!

I’m now 3 weeks post-surgery after having ruptured my left Achilles playing lacrosse.  I was one of the early visitors to the main blog 11 years ago when I ruptured my RIGHT Achilles playing basketball.  I wish I didn’t know what I was in for!!   Last time around, I was NWB in plaster/a splint for the first four weeks.  I’m now PWB (toe touch) in my Air Cast, able to shower without the boot and doing basic ROM exercises three times per day.  Treatment protocols have definitely changed since my last ride on this roller coaster!  Thankfully, I work from home so am able to elevate, rest, etc. as needed.  THe main difference is that I now have two young kids, which make my inability to be active much more frustrating.  I’ll try to update progress as things change.

7 Responses to “Second Time Around!”

  1. Good luck with this recovery! My left foot is being especially problematic in recovery. My right foot was a breeze by comparison.

  2. Hi there, would you believe it I have just logged in after 6 years in the same predicament. Right repair in 2013 and now 4.5 weeks post-op for the left. I am nearly at FWB stage with boot on, it does seem more aggressive. Good luck with your recovery.

  3. I ruptured my right achilles tendon rock climbing 14 months ago. I’m a very active rock climber (sport and bouldering), and I’m 55 now. I got surgery and was out of the boot and carefully onto the climbing wall in 5 weeks. The surgeon said it was strong and to immediately start rehab which for me included bouldering (rock climbing) carefully very easy routes. I was climbing hard outdoor, falling onto crash pads, within 4 months. I ruptured my left on just two weeks ago doing a warped wall in a ninja warrior gym. This time I’m doing non-surgical (different doc with different philosophy). I was in an air boot from the start. I’m full weight bearing in just less than two weeks. Will take out my first wedge at 2 weeks, 2 days. i will be out of the of the boot in six weeks and start physio at seven weeks. This will be interesting to compare the two different treatments.

  4. Hello,

    Im 8 weeks post op, did the exact same thing on the ninja warrior wall at a trampoline park on my son’s bday. My buddy told me he’s seen 3 ninja warriors have this injury. An issue for me was they don’t let you wear shoes which if I had been wearing shoes it may not have happened, who knows. Regardless I wish you a speedy recovery.


  5. I wish you all a speedy recovery! It’s tough going into this again knowing how challenging the recovery can be. I’m 4.5 weeks post surgery and feeling pretty good. I moved to 50% WB in the boot yesterday, which feels like progress, albeit small progress. Hard not to get frustrated.

    At this point, I’m likely not going to return to many of the things that I enjoyed such as lacrosse, distance running, etc. and will stick with lower impact activities going forward. I’m 40 so kind of bummed to have this attitude but maybe I’ll feel differently 8 months from now when I’m feeling closer to normal and it’s lacrosse season for my boys again.

  6. tbombs517 - don’t accept the idea that you won’t be able to do the same stuff. You’re still young and if you do the protocol you’ll be good to go! Seriously, the body can do amazing things. Be careful, keep up the protocol and you’ll be back full speed! I was bouldering hard at 4 months last time, falling many times (20 or 30) every time I climbed (3 - 5 times per week). I was careful how I landed, trying to put most of my weight on my good foot, but it sped up my recovery. This time I’ll be more careful from the 6 to 12 week stage because I didn’t do surgery, but I have life goals for bouldering and sport climbing and I will not be deterred by this injury!

  7. Thanks Brad! Pep talks always help. I had a similar attitude when recovering from my right ATR 11 years ago. Obviously I got over it enough to get back into lacrosse, soccer and other things - thus the left ATR I’m recovering from now!! It’s helpful to have online communities like this to remind you that there is light at the end of this tunnel and it’s not a train.

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