Hi all, this is my first post at this site, from which I have already learned a lot, so thank you all for sharing your advice and experiences.
I tore my right AT playing racquetball early in the morning on December 2 in Portland, ME. We were just “passing through”, visiting relatives in Portland on our way to Florida. After an emergency room visit which confirmed the ATR I was referred to a local orthopedic surgeon. In a great stroke of luck, an appointment with that surgeon was available at 9:15 am the same day. In another bit of luck, his colleague had the operating room all day that day, and a quick cell phone call confirmed he would have time to repair my injury that afternoon. So I went from injury to repair to recovery to home in under 12 hours. I’m one lucky guy.
After 2 weeks I returned to Portland to get my cast replaced by an air boot, two heel lifts, etc. So far things seem to be going well. No swelling, no infection. I’m doing ROM exercises daily. My only complaint is continuing soreness in the calf on the injured leg. I’m not using the leg (still NWB for another week) so I only feel the ache when I press on the calf muscle with my hand, or when the top of the boot presses on it. Any recommendations for easing the ache? Heat, cold, massage, etc?