Need Reassurance

I ruptured my Achilles 2 weeks ago playing basketball.  I had surgery 3 days later and had my cast/stint and stitches removed today.  I’ll be in the boot with lifts for the foreseeable future.  Post surgery, the pain was pretty regular for the first two days, but then it gradually subsided to where I didn’t need to take the pain pills for the next 5-6 days.  However, the pain has gotten worse the past few days, especially in the afternoons/evenings to the point I’ve had difficulties sleeping.  I was hoping I’d get some instant relief once the stint was removed, but I’m currently in pain that is probably worse than it was the first day or two after surgery.  Did anybody experience anything similar?

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  2. Weekend Warrior, I am 3 months post surgery. Like you, I had some pain for the first couple of days post surgery, but it subsided and two weeks after surgery I don’t recall feeling much pain. Everyone’s experience can be different, but in my opinion, if you are feeling worse pain now than right after surgery, you should contact your doctor’s office and let them know. Maybe you are just tightening the boot too tight or something, but they should be able to answer your questions. You’re not putting weight on the foot yet, right? It would be too soon to be putting any weight on it. Good luck and keep us advised. This is a great sight for help.

  3. Thanks for the reply, Paul! I called the doctor and they want me to give it another day. If it’s not better tonight/tomorrow, they want to see me again to do an ultrasound to rule out a blood clot. My doctor actually cleared me for 25% weight bearing, but due to my pain, I have not tried that much at all yet.

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  4. Also I kept my foot over my heart and ice on it 4 times a day for about a month. If I didnt, I would have pain.
    So dont skip on the basics, and I did do a lot of IBProfen the first two weeks.

  5. Fred gives some good advice. My doc had me icing, elevating for 90% of the day (and no weight) for the first 3 weeks. So if you’re not icing and elevating much you’re probably feeling pain from the swelling that is putting pressure on things (and slowing down the healing process). Even in the boot you just ice behind your knee. Of course many recoveries are different. I was NWB for 5 or 6 weeks due to my type of surgery. Some start weight bearing early on. But icing and elevating will be needed for quite a while and soon after surgery you need to do it a lot.

  6. Thanks, guys! I’ve had my leg elevated and consistently iced up to this point as well. Yesterday wasn’t as bad pain-wise, so I’m hopeful it was just a minor blip on the radar. I’m going to try to go back to work (desk job) on a part time basis to see how my leg reacts.

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