Posted by woundedwhale on July 1, 2012
On May 19th I went out to play a few games of volleyball. What happened thirty minutes into the games has changed my life for the next year at least. Initially, when I heard the pop I thought it was my Plantaris Tendon as I ruptured the one on my right leg two years ago. The pain was similar, the sound and even the type of activity was all eerily similar. I therefore took it upon myself to render a diagnosis. I applied ice for a few hours and then found my boot from the Plantaris and put it on. I figured about two weeks would suffice and then I would be slowly beginning my walking as I did previous.
After two weeks I removed the boot and felt the weakness in my calf and the inability to push off on my foot. I thought it was just responding at a different pace than before. I continued to walk on it, mow the grass, even completely clean out the garage of shelves and redo how everything is placed. That is when I noticed the swelling. Continued swelling, I had my cankle. I decided to make an appt at the ortho. I went in and could I have been more wrong, ruptured Achilles. To confirm I did all the standard stuff including the MRI. Yep a full rupture and had recessed to a spacing of 2.6 inches.
Which brings me to this past Friday, Jun 29th, my surgery was completed. For the most part there seems to be no complications, I will be in a splint for two weeks with dorsal flexion then back into the boot for approximately 10 weeks. At this point the pain is tolerable. I have noticed that when I leave my foot elevated I get a huge spike in pain around the heel. I can quickly alleviate it by lowering the heel to the floor for a few minutes. I am trying to rest as much as possible the first few days. I have a very supportive wife and two fantastic kids. I did get a set of Mobilegs crutches that pretty comfortable and not so ancient on the technology. When I have to get a boot does anyone have a comparison over Aircast v VacoCast? Being I am going to be in it for 10 weeks in summer I want it to be comfortable. Also, my doc only carries the Aircast.
Anyway this is my first post and with continue to update as I go through this new challenge in my life. Things I am missing right now….cycling (esp with Tour de France on), carrying my kids and being mobile.