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.


4 Responses to “Injured achilles and fighting depression”

  1. Welcome to the journey. I had to give up hoops at about age 40 due to back problems but still carry a ball around the house so I know what wanting to get back is like. My ATR was in tennis, 13 weeks ago. I’m hoping to get back on the court in a month or so and be at full speed in about 9 months. There is a lot of wisdom on this site about each byte of the recovery process so ask any specific questions you have. We all do. It seems the emerging consensus is that the sooner you can get into a flexible walking boot which can be adjusted to get the foot back to neutral over time the better you are. You also need to become educated about recovery steps and timetables. Norm of the North has the best in class plans on his site.

    Stay in touch.

  2. hi,

    What kind of surgery did you get?
    What kind of recovery protocol will you follow?

    Yes, keep your self motivation at high ;-) you’ll need it.
    Don’t just lay down waiting for a boot, do push ups and poll ups and etc. Just make sure your injured leg is secured and risk free to avoid any accidents of re rapture.

    I keep my injured leg on top of normal while doing push ups.
    You’ll be surprised how fast your body will loose “edge” - don’t let it happen.
    Lay down on your back and exercises with weights.
    Keep injured foot elevated as much as you can.

  3. Thanks for the uplfiting comments guys. I’ve been doing pushups and situps, but the volume hasn’t been too much. And I will try putting injured leg on top of good leg.

    As far as I know I just had the typical, run-of-the-mill surgery. I will have the report from the doc and more details tomorrow at follow up appt.

    I’m still putting recovery plan in place. I will be able to have a better idea once physical therapy begins.

    Wednesday (5/28) I make my return to the gym. I will only do safe, low impact movements. Focus will be mainly on pushups/situps/pull ups. And I will use machines since this provides more control and less chance of injury than free weights.

  4. There are two exercise-related issues here. First: Some serious loss of tone in the calf muscle and the many smaller muscles and tendons (and probably ligaments) of the foot and ankle are pretty inevitable from NWB and immobilization. And maybe partly related to the length of NWB and immobilization. (Some protocols allow PWB virtually immediately — “mine” waits 2 weeks — and some including mine allow PT-assisted mobilization and gentle exercise starting at 2 weeks.) This recovery is discussed all over this website.

    Second, if (like many or most of us) you are a “couch potato” for most of the time you’re on crutches and even in a cast or a boot, PWB and even FWB — in fact, if you’re just much more sedentary than you USUALLY are, when you’re healthy and sound — then you’ll naturally get out of shape all over. Other muscles, cardiovascular system, everything. Then when you start bicycling, or swimming, or running again, you’ll be huffing and puffing where you used to be smiling and laughing.

    For most of us, this second kind of recovery happens pretty quickly and smoothly and pleasantly. Most of us are so happy to be back to strenuous activities like bicycling or running or whatever, that it’s fun to get back in shape, even if we’re shocked at how out of shape we’ve become.

    That said, if you can find safe ways to stay in shape while you’ve got to give your AT total (couch-potato) rest, then go for it and you’ll skip some of that time for regaining fitness and strength later. Working in a swimming pool as soon as you can — e.g., with Gunner’s (and others’) waterproof VacoCast — gets a lot of praise here. Swimming is great exercise, and lots of “us” find it delightful to be able to walk and do 1-leg heel raises in a pool while the water partly supports our weight. (I didn’t get around to it, but it sounds good to me!)

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