Firefighter Ruptured Achillies

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.

6 Responses to “Firefighter Ruptured Achillies”

  1. Hi

    I am a firefighter in the UK and am 11 wks post op. I was in a cast for 3 weeks, then boot. Started pwb at 5.5 wks and fwb and walking in boot at 6wk. I was walking with a limp in 2 shoes at 8wk. I will be going back on light duties in June and hopefully operational in July. That will be six months.

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  2. Robby, Thanks for your reply! I was wondering how you were making out climbing ladders and steps during your rehab to get back to full duty. I go to doctor tomorrow to have staples removed then have that long rehab to get back to full duty. If you have any suggestions to assist in the rehab I’m listening. Good luck with your recovery.


  3. Hi Dave

    The best bit of advice I can give you is just accept what has happened and enjoy your time recovering. This site is awesome for support and advice and it really helped me to take on my doctor as he wanted me in a cast for 8 weeks. I have had a good incentive for a quick recovery and I was determined to be walking by 12 weeks. (I have just got in from a 3 mile walk and feel great)

    I can’t run, jog, hop, skip etc but the leg is getting stronger and stronger each day and and rehab centre has done wonders for my confidence.

    Drop me an email if you like and maybe we can catch up on facebook. (I think I am 5 hrs in front of you)

    Robby -

  4. Wow. I ruptured my Achilles tendon pretty much the same way on 05/03/09. A friendly game of soft ball among employees, and a ball hit deep to the outfield. I was playing second base and was watching the ball get tossed back in. I thought the runner had kicked me in the back of the heel as he rounded second base. Only problem — he was already past third. And I heard the infamous “pop.” I didn’t feel much pain, but I could barely hobble off the field. I’m now 3 weeks post op.

  5. I also ruptured my achilles playing softball. I was pitching and had just thrown a pitch and felt like I got hit in the back of the leg with a line drive. I thought the kids on the sidelines were screwing around and threw a ball that hit me but when I glanced back, there was nothing there. I also heard, and felt the pop. You’re braver than I, hobbling off the field—I went right down. I knew exactly what it was.

    I am 3 and a half weeks post op and have a lot of swelling around foot and ankle, as well as numbness and pinprick sensations in the side of my foot. Other than that, no pain. Good luck with your recovery.

  6. bbyjane,
    Hang in there, It will get better. I’m getting around pretty good now. It just takes a lot of time for this thing to heal. I’m hoping to go back to work next month and I was wondering if that day was ever going to get here. I think I’m going to stick to being our teams 3rd base coach now. Good luck with your recovery and thanks for the response!


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