One Year Mark! is the One Year anniversary that I had surgery on my achilles.  It’s been a while since I’ve been to this site.  My job takes up most of my life and I have an 11 year old daughter, so not much time to post.   For all of those who have recently suffered this injury, you must persevere.

I injured my achilles playing basketball.  My doc actually said I could play again starting in December 2010.   But I’ve sort of had my own comeback routine and went at my own pace.

I went through all of the recommended P.T.  While doing this I also did the recommended exercises at home some nights and hit the gym about 3 times a week.  I emphasized calf raises during this time period, especially in the gym.  Only light weight was used.  P.T probably ended in Sept or Oct.  It’s been a while!

Around the time P.T. ended, I began light jogging on treadmill.  About three months ago, I went for my first jog outside.  I would estimate it was two miles.  Achilles felt very fatigued after about the first five minutes.  This continued for my first few runs.  Flash forward to today, it feels pretty darn good.  I can run for 2-3 miles and not really feel any strain or fatigue in the area.

I’ve mixed in a lot of training:  from jogging, running, jumping, weight training, etc.  But it’s all been controlled.  I’ve been an athlete my whole life so I’m very in tune with my body.

I haven’t been to the Doc since probably October.  But since he said I could play basketball in December, there wouldn’t be a problem with anything I’ve done.

I would estimate right now that my achilles is at 90%.  Sometimes feels like nothing ever happened.  But the journey will continue.  I still have some strenghthening to do in the area and I need to work on flexibility.

Hopefully within the next few weeks I’ll have a chance to play ball again.  Just have to find the time.  Busy, Busy, Busy!

To everyone beginning the journey: YOU WILL MAKE IT.

See you later.

Day 41

I’m at approximately 6 weeks out from surgery and I’m pleased with recovery thus far.   I had my last appointment on 6/22.  It wasn’t with my doc but with physician assistant which looks like will be the usual.  He said I can now walk as long as it’s comfortable.  I had actually started doing this a week or two before the appointment.  I’ve been monitoring pain, discoloration and level of swelling, and my body seems to be responding pretty good. 

I start physical therapy either later this week or first part of next week.  The PA said I won’t start doing any strength work until August which I don’t like too much.  At the rate I’m healing, it seems like I should start before that.  I’ll be doing mainly range of motion exercises in the beginning.  ROM on injured leg is close to what it is on non-injured leg.  I can also do heel raises sitting down with no trouble.   So I hope PT won’t be a waste of time.  Nonetheless I am looking forward to it.  It’s just another step in the healing process and means I’m closer to getting back to 100%.

Also, I had one heel lift removed about a week and a half ago.  And the final one comes out in a few days.  I’m ready for this because I think it will make the boot a more comfortable fit.

2nd Post-Op Appt

I had my second post-op appt yesterday (6/3). I feel that it went well. The incision area is healing so fast that the staff had a hard time removing stitches.

My splint was also removed and I was finally given the much awaited boot. My doc said I can bear weight on it at times but I still should mainly be using crutches. So I guess technically I’m at NWB stage. Two heel lifts were placed inside, and I am to remove one of these in two weeks.   I need to do more research on this, because I’m not understanding the advantage of placing the foot at this angle.

I have my next appointment on June 23. At which point we will evaluate the need for crutches. After reading quite a bit on this subject, I’m a believer in bearing weight on the leg in the early stages. I also expect to start physical therapy around week 5 or 6. I spoke to my Doc about starting P.T. asap, he said it was no use in starting too early because the tendon is still healing. I plan on researching this more and calling some of the local clinics to see how their protocols are set up and what they advise as far as beginning therapy and stage of ATR.

I have also started taking glutamine since it aids in tendon health. Hopefully this will be of benefit in the healing process.

Day 7 / 1st Post-Op Appt

I had my first post-op dr appt today (7 days out).    And a couple of questions now arise.   I was supposed to be put in boot today; currently in stint/cast.  This would be a NWB (if I have abbreviation correctly).   But apparently the doc changed this to 2 weeks instead of 1 week.  Is this the usual amount of time to be in stint/cast?   I have seen a few entries where 2 weeks was also listed, but is this the norm?

Also, the doc said before surgery that I would be on crutches for 4 weeks.  And I believe he said 4 weeks for putting no weight on leg.   Today I was told I’d be on crutches for 6 weeks!   And probably won’t be able to put weight on the leg until the end of 6 week period.   I’m sure this could change depending on progress, but does this sound right?  I’m not really sure how many functioning human beings can go 6 weeks without putting weight on a leg, so this should be interesting.   Although I don’t regret decision to have surgery, it almost seems like the doc gave me quicker time frames so that I would lean toward having the procedure. 

I don’t want a re-rupture so I will take as long as needed to heal.

I’d love to take an unofficial poll.  How long were you guys on crutches?

Injured achilles and fighting depression

I first want to start off by saying I’m glad to be here. This is a great site and I’m glad I found it.

My injury ocurred on 05/10/2010. I ruptured my right achilles tendon playing basketball. This has been very discouraging as I am a very active individual and I will be slowed down for the next few months. I wish I could say there was some type of amazing feat I was trying to execute. But I was simply pushing off my right leg trying to make a quick move to my left. This is what caused the tear. Nothing more, nothing less.
I had surgery on 05/18/2010. So now it’s time to focus on healing. I’m currently in a splint (which sucks). I have my first follow-up appointment on Tuesday, 5/25. Hopefully I will graduate to walking boot during this time. I’ve been attempting to keep as little weight as possible on injured leg. At times this has been somewhat difficult and I’ve had to sort of prop myself up using my injured leg. But for the most part I’ve been laying down elevating my leg. The level of pain is actually less that what I expected so that’s a good thing. And there doesn’t appear to be any excess swelling.

I want to heal as quickly as I can. I will push myself during physical therapy and exercises at home. I just need to stay positive through this as my mental state seems to be more negative nowadays. “If” I decide to play basketball again, I want to be capable of playing at 100% by January, 2011.

I will try to update this blog on a regular basis and will gladly accept any tips, motivation, and words of wisdom.


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