Hey Jane :-)
I've not logged on to the website for absolutely ages so it was great to log on today and see your update.
Sounds like you're doing brilliantly to me! To be running again after 6 months is great, you must be really pleased.
I've just past 10 months and things are pretty good. I'm back at the gym 3-4 times a week but have only recently been given the go-ahead by my physio to start running again and only on the treadmill so I'm building my time/distance up very slowly. Sad I know but I swear I was euphoric when I completed my first little run! Lol! It was only for 5 mins but 6 months ago I couldn't have seen how I'd ever be strong enought to do even that so it really did feel like a huge achievement.
Am off hiking in the Lake District for Easter so that'll be a good test....
I don't know about you but there's still a marked difference in the size of my left calf by comparison to my right such was the loss of muscle mass! I feel a bit conscious of it when I wear skirts but it'll even out eventually I'm sure.
Guess I'll have to think about the roll of honour soon!
Thanks for thinking of me,
Hi All, I hope everyone is doing well.
For the new ones, I wish you a quick recovery...honestly it does heal and you will get back to normal.
I am now a legend....a year on woohooo!! been playing football and back to normal again.
Anyone interested here's the legend link
Take care and stay positive.
This is my second Achilles rupture in 5 years, this time its my right leg. Given that my dad tore both of his, I've concluded that its probably genetic. Let me start with describing my experience with the first rupture:
1ST RUPTURE (left leg)Snapped it playing softball (typical)
Tried to walk it off (clueless)
Finished the game as catcher, didn't do much with it the next few days until my wife forced me to go to the ER because I was complaining so much. ER took an xray (brilliant) and told me i had a bad ankle sprain. I skeptically took them at their word. Weeks went by, no real improvement, gave myself the thompson test after doing my own research and was pretty convinced it was a tear. Scheduled appointment with ortho. Confirmed that it was torn, gave me a CAM boot and said that surgery wasn't a great option at this point because so much time went by. I wore the boot maybe one or two days and had enough of that, goodbye boot. I pretty much limped around for weeks and gradually was back to normal. The only real detriment that I could recall, is that it took over a year before I could raise myself up to my toes from a flat position.
Moral of my first experience, is I probably did everything opposite of the reccomended therapy and had no re-rupture and the tendon repaired itself just fine. Not giving this as medical advice, but I think it's important to share for those who are fearful of not following the conventional medical reccomendations.
2ND RUPTURE (right leg)Popped while I was performing on stage (musician)
-Knew immediatley what it was. Iced it, Pain was excrutiating; Don't remember it hurting this bad the first time and I thought that this was less of a tear.
-week 1; 3 days of ridiculous pain, 750mg of vicodin every 6 hours and could still feel it. weaned off the pain meds by the 4th day, 1 in the morning when the pain was the worst did the trick. Needed crutches for the first 2 days, couldn't put any weight on it, but I think it was mostly because of the pain. Already had the boot from the first time, went to ortho for the usual lets order a MRI, had the wedges put in the boot.
-week 2; walking with boot, performed on stage all weekend, even danced the best I could. Bought some good Gel support insoles designed for flat feel which helped take the pressure off my heal and put them in the boot and my other shoe. Works like a charm. Dr. on monday, confirmed MRI results, 2" rupture, discussed options. Decided against the sugery since I can't afford to be casted and in a wheel chair for 4 weeks. Felt good about that decision considering I healed fine without surgery the last time and there are plenty of studies out there that support non surgical healing as effective if not more so than surgical.
-week 3; wearing the boot 90% of the time, sometimes i sleep in it, sometimes i don't. I can walk without the boot gingerly, but gonna keep with the boot this time to keep from reinjuring it. better safe than sorry. I can move my foot up pretty well without pain, although it is stiff. Next week Im gonna try driving without the boot, bumming rides has been a real drag. I'll keep you posted.
I can't believe all these stories of people being put in casts for weeks, my ortho never even suggested that, nor did he aggressively push me to get the surgery. Granted I'm 38 and my chance to play baseball in the major leagues has probably passed me by, but I think being laid up for months, wheel chair, crutches, boot then rehab impacts our lives more than the actual injury itself. Hope this sheds a different perpective on a super crappy injury from someone who's gone through it twice. Ughh!
"What did the cave man do before surgery and perscription drugs?...."
Hey all, hope you're doing OK?
Can't quite believe this (it seems like yesterday when I first came across this site) but I've just posted my legend on the roll of honour!
I'm not back to 100% strength quite yet but just had a long weekend in the Lakes with a whole heap of hill walking and the tendon gave me no problems at all which was great.
Hope you're all progressing well.
Looks like you have another achilles tear member. I am 34 and live in New Zealand. I tore my achilles last Saturday (5 June 2011) playing football and am currently spending my days lying on the couch with my right leg elevated above my heart 24 hrs a day. I got my below the knee cast put on the following morning after my tear.
As I am couchridden I have been on the net and have been researching this injury and treatment. My local hospital has a plan of recovery is (if all goes to plan) of 2 weeks in cast where toe points down, 4 weeks in a cast with walking attachment, 2 weeks in a cast with foot in more normal position, then cast off after these 8 weeks and into heel raises on my shoe. It seems different hospitals in NZ have different approaches depending on the preference of the specialists. Some use moonboots, some stick with casts. They all start of with conservative treatment from what I understand.
Now I have been researching and reading about my injury (not much else to do as I am stuck on the couch) and came across this study where after the 2 weeks patients were put into a boot with partial movement. This is basically to get the tendon moving early on in the recovery process to increase bloodflow and promote better healing. It also basically implied that having you foot stuck in a cast with no movement for 8 weeks is not the best option.
Many of you will be aware of the study but if not I have attached these for you to read (if you are interested):
http://achillesblog.com/files/2008/03/jbjsi01401v1.pdf (the study)
http://www.peakphysicaltherapy.com/Inju ... ticle.html (comment)
http://www.cfas-uk.com/pdf/vacoped-rehab.pdf (a suggested programme)
Now I'm not a doctor but I like what this programme suggests, it makes sense to me.
Now basically I think I want to see if the specialist at the hospital would be interested to allow me to follow this programme. I do not want to come across as some know-it-all who has spent too much time on the internet, he is the specialist after all. In your opinions do you like the approach this takes/would a request like this be ok to ask my specialist? What are your opinions of cast for 8 weeks vs 2 week cast then boot?
Cheers for all your help
a broken mtbrider
Hi everyone - my names John, partial tear of the achillis (1-5mm) and some other muscle damage. Was given no choice regarding treatment (conservative) so far, five weeks in my treatment has been thus. 10 days in a cast NWB this was changed to a boot and I'm almost in my fourth week (FWB). Waiting for my MRI to decide what happens next. At the moment there is no pain and I do remove the boot to shower. Does this sound normal this type of treatment, or is it only cause it's only a partial tear?
Hi im a 17 year old New Zealander and very recently(24th August 2011) ruptured my achilles while playing netball! it just happened like sharelle mcmahons- noone was around me but felt i had been booted in the back of the calf/achilles.
Just looking for any advice from others who have ruptured their achilles =)
My advice is to go to achillesblog.com as there is lots of info and people update it regularly. No-one seems to be on this site any more. My blog is achillesblog.com/mtbrider. absalonn, 17 years is very young for your injury - that is tough. I am also in NZ and have learnt quite a bit about this injury - mainly there is no quick fix. Check out my blog and feel free to give me a comment and ask any questions there, would be happy to help you out with advice/support.
Hey everyone, I'm a 21 year old and I tore my achilles in a game of badminton. I'm also from New Zealand and it's interesting reading about the different treatment plans around the country. I spent the first 4 weeks in a cast, then I went straight into a moonboot/CAM walker, with the physio changing the degree from 20 to 10 to neutral over the course of several weeks. It's going to be week 7 tomorrow and I'm in neutral. Weight bearing a bit... tried walking a bit without crutches but since reading some posts, I'm probably going to stop in order to decrease the risk of re-rupture. I'm just curious as to the length of time it took for different individuals (who went the non surgical/conservative route) to start walking again without the aid of crutches. Cheers!