Sorry to hear so many stories of snapped Achilles - sad to say I've joined the club!
It's a familiar story: I felt the classic whack in the back of the (left) leg and heard the pop when I was playing badminton three weeks ago. I had a full rupture and as I'm relatively young(ish) and fit(ish) - 36 and don't mind a bit of sport - it was suggested surgery was the way to go. So I had surgery the next day and was in a cast from the knee down for two weeks. As an aside, a week after I had the accident and surgery, my wife gave birth to our first child! The whole process of labour and generally trying to look after her was pretty interesting given I couldn't really walk
SHOWERING TIP: when in the cast a relative bought me a Limbo (www.limboproducts.co.uk) which is like a big bag with neoprene at one end (like a wetsuit) to create a seal. Very useful, cost about a tenner (UK money).
Two weeks later I had the cast off and was fitted with an aircast boot (www.aircast.com). I was pretty suss about this initially, but I found it much easier to get around on two crutches and use the aircast boot for balance. It's not in any sense loadbearing, but it's a darn sight easier than the cast. I started with 5 wedges inside and am taking one out a week for the next 6 weeks. The consultant didn't say specifically, but I'd imagine it will come off then and I'll be able to walk unaided?
My problem is that the air bladders on the side (which give great support) tend to burst. I've gone through two boots in a week. Has anyone else experienced this or have I just been unlucky? Any tips? It occured to me that I may be pumping the bladders up too much? Given the aforementioned new arrival, I'd like to get this sorted as I can't really keep running up to hospital for a new boot every few days!
Finally, any tips for rehabilitation? I've had ZERO advice from the folks at the hospital thus far and as a result I've not really moved my foot (ie flexed the tendon since the accident happened). Is this bad? I'd have thought I'd need to give it some exercise of some sort (but I deffo don't want a rerepture!). Maybe the boot is giving it enough of a workout...Dunno.
Sorry to hear your stories, but nice to hear I'm not alone!
sorry to hear about your problems. I've been using my aircast for the last week and a half, no problems. I don't over inflate the cast. I pump it up until I feel contact but then I let a fair amount of air out so that it's comfotable but no high pressure. Hope that helps.
Same here - you don't want too much air in the boot or it becomes uncomfortable. Once I got the right level (it's trial and error) I've left it and only pumped up occasionally when I've felt it's flat.
I think I've been overinflating. For some reason I like the feeling of lots of pressure - it feel safer? - so I've got into the bad habit of a couple of extra pumps every hour or so. Obviously not the way forward!
'll try and blag a new boot on Monday (I'm currently inflated on only one side) and try to minimise my inflation!
In case anyone is interested, I've had the same boot now for about three weeks and have not punctured the airbag. It's definitely my zeal in inflating!
Caution to others: don't overinflate your aircast boot; it WILL pop!
I have just googled and found your post about achilies, very helpful thank you. Im 3 weeks in and just had an air cast... Can someone help which spacer and I supposed to remove, the top one or the bottom?
also did you heel hurt when you 'attempt to walk'... It seems to hurt more then my achillies