Posted on April 14th, 2010 by terphead
Well I finally made it through the first year. I know for all of you out there just getting started there seems no end in sight but it will get better. I thought at one point it could be the end of my carreer as a firefighter. I made it back to work at the six month point and have been getting better everyday. My foot is still a little stiff in the morning however once I’m up and moving that goes away. My boots do bother me sometimes but it’s nothing I can’t handle. I have given up most of my sports activities just because I can’t risk getting injured again with the profession I’m in ; however I do alot of walking and working out at the gym. I haven’t posted anything in a long time so I thought I would give everone a 1yr update because I know what a life saver this site can be for anyone going through this tough injury. The only thing I can recommend is for all of you to hang in there and work hard in PT, it does help if you have a good therapist. You will get better it just takes time and it can get you down. Good luck to all of you and keep visiting this site it helps!
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Posted on July 16th, 2009 by terphead
I saw my surgeon yesterday and was told to get rid of the boot! I’m allowed to drive so I had my other shoe out in the truck ,when I took the boot off to drive home I finally laced the shoe for the first time. I was a little nervous to get out when I got home but I did it! I was surprised I could walk as good as I can, I have a slight limp but if I concentrate I can walk pretty good. The leg is very week but I can tell the difference from yesterday to today. My calf and my thigh have alot of atrophy and I have lots of work to do to get them back. Has anyone else had the atrophy of the thigh also? I return to the doctor on Sept. 9th and he said he might let me return to work as a firefighter at that time if I work hard and get the strength back into the leg. I go to therapy 3 days a week and he just stepped up the intensity now that I’m out of the boot. I’m also joining a gym to start working on getting my upper body back in shape to return to full duty. I have been in a swimming pool one day a week in therapy and I really believe this is the reason I can walk this good from walking in the pool without the boot. I recommend it if you physical therapy location has a pool this is a great resource for your rehab. To everyone out there be patient it does get better it just takes time! I wish everyone the best of luck with their recovery, this site really helps! Take care !
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Posted on June 12th, 2009 by terphead
Well I finally got rid of the crutches yesterday! It feels good to have a little more freedom and be able to stand and use my hands. I can walk with the boot with very little pain. For those still on the crutches hang in there, because this is a great milestone for your confidence. I think this is the first time I have felt like I’m starting to make some progress on getting my life back. I think the first full week of therapy helped get enough strength in the foot for me to have the courage to take the first steps without the crutches. I wish everyone well with their recovery and try to stay positive I think that is the key to getting through this terrable injury.
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Posted on June 3rd, 2009 by terphead
Well I had my 6 week exam today, and I was given the green light to start PWB today. I was told I no longer have to have to wear the boot to sleep in! Thank God! I was told to start putting weight as much as I could tolerate and try to get rid of the crutches in a week or two. He said I have to wear the boot for everything except sleep, shower, and physical therapy for the next 6 weeks. I have already removed all the wedges and my foot is flat on the boot. I tried to put some weight on it with my crutches however; I felt very unstable when I put pressure on it. I guess it is from the muscle loss in my leg, I feel like I forgot how to walk. Can anyone advise if this is normal. I have read all these blogs of people walking very early and I feel it’s going to take some time before I want to put all my weight on it without the crutches. My doctor said it will be a couple of weeks before I can drive however; Im supposed to wear the the boot at all times can anyone advise if they drove with the boot? He said the physical therapist would advise when I had enough strength in the foot to drive. I will try to keep this post up to date on my progress. I hope everyone is progressing well and good luck!
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Posted on April 29th, 2009 by terphead
Well, I saw my surgeon for the first time today since the surgery, and everything went well. The assistant removed the temporary cast and the stitches. It felt good to be able to see the wound and get that cast off. My doctor said if I kept it elevated and the swelling down, on the day of the surgery that he would decide today if I got a cast for 6 weeks or I could go back into the boot if it looked good. Well I spent the last 9 days elevating my foot all day and night trying to avoid the cast and it payed off. Today he put me back in the boot and said to remove 1 wedge in 2 weeks and the 2nd wedge 2 weeks after that. I have a follow-up in 5 weeks and he said we will start some weight bearing at that time. I felt real good about the way the incision looked. I have had little pain in the last few days and now out of the cast I don’t feel that blood rush to my foot when you put your foot down like I was feeling before. I feel that the elevation and the fact that I had no swelling when the cast came off is the reason he let me go back into the boot.
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Posted on April 27th, 2009 by terphead
Hi everyone! I ruptured my achillies playing softball on 4/10/08. I was pitching in a slow pitch coed league on friday nights with my wife for a little exercise. I pitched a ball and it was hit away from me so when I took a step to watch the ball being fielded I felt and heard the famous pop eveyone talkes about. I thought I had been hit in the back of the ankle by a softball thrown by someone else. I stumbled and when I figured out what happened I immediatley layed on the ground and asked for help from teammates. The next thing I know were headed to the ER, 3 hours later the ER doctor say you damaged your achillies you need to see ortho doc. on Monday. This was a great way to spend Easter weekend. When I saw My Orthopedic doctor on that Monday he confirmed Full rupture. Surgery scheduled for the following Monday.(1 week later). Had surgery on 4/20/09. He said he was very pleased with how it went and he hopes if it looks good at follow-up I can go back in the boot instead of cast for 6 weeks. I’m a firefighter and I think he wants to give me some minor stretching exercises to help speed things up a little. If there are any firefighters out there who have had this situation I would love to here how long it took you to get back to full duty. He has told me 4-6 months. I go on 4/29/09 for staple removal and hopefully some good news on the boot I really don’t want a cast for 6 weeks. I will give update after follow up and good luck to all those sitting around trying to get through this.
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