Hi one peg-Craig,
Loved the alcoholic bit....yr gonna fit in well with us all....lol.....
It's such a bummer of an injury, but as you know, it will get better, also sounds like conservative will be ok for you as there is no gap, mine only re-ruptured because the gap was quite big, and never quite healed properly......What a pain snapping it on yr birthday, at least next birthday you will be back to normal....!!!!! Not much help i know.....lol...!!!! Welcome to the gang anyway xxx
Vern....whats a "hatstand"....?? i know what a real one is, but some how think this is slightly different...???....lol...!!!!!!!!!!, i looked up the Amatsu, but the nearest one to me, is at least an hours drive away, which is an arse.....!!!!, considering i have tried driving now, and managed only 2 mins, before i had to stop.....it didn't help with the "screaming" in my left ear saying "brake...brake....BRAAAKKKKE...", was a bit hard to hit the brakes while my crap foot was stuck half way down on the accelerator.....hahahahhahahahahha, and the car was revving all the way home in 2nd gear.....lol......it was so much fun though, felt like a roller coaster ride......haven't driven for nearly a year....lol...!!!!!!!!
Mark.....it's good that you can jog normally, and where are you going on holiday then...??? Stamford Bridge.....????????????....can you believe i've got a wedding to go to on sat 30th.....!!!!!, also the same day, my friend is playing in a charity game, i've been invited up there with him and his wife....and i can't go....i wanted to stalk Jason Statham, Danny Dyer, and Teddy Sherringham....!!!!!
Dom.....hello there, you are too kind with the pussy cat comment....lol....am seeing consultant today, and am asking for more physio, or even just more of that tear inducing brutal manipulation....!!!! need something to loosen the bugger up......
Vern....if you do have to have surgery....you will be stuck with me for longer....*insane cackling*, surely thats an incentive for it not to happen....lmao......!!!!!
See you all soon,
Meant to say, i was lucky when mine first totally snapped, it only hurt for a minute, it was just the shock of it that did me in.....although i had been at a wedding all day, and it was just before midnight........sufice to say, the vodka's and wine i had been on most of the day had numbed the pain....lol.....
perhaps i need to start with "my name is Fee, and i'm an alcoholic"........lol....!!!!!
Fee that makes me feel such a wimp. I was in soo much pain.
Just for those who cant train because of there leg, i went training today in my bedroom, I was using one of those slendertones on my Belly - HA Ha
Just a quick one.......
Saw consultant.....he did a few tests on my foot/ankle, and was horrified that the "intense rehab" he had asked for, had consisted of 8 half hour sessions from feb to now.....
He has put me forward for MORE physio, and massage stuff, but said he doesn't really know what i'll get because "physio's are a law to themselves".......!!!!!
He has also said it'll be about another 6 months before it starts to get back to normal.....which i knew anyway, but was nice to actually hear a Dr say what we ALL know for once....yayyyy, perhaps they are secretly reading these pages...........
Now i have to wait again for physio to begin......lol......i feel like i'm an old hand at this now.....lol....!!!
speak soon xxxxxxx
also meant to say that i think i will dig my old slendertone thing out of the loft and just strap it to my leg......lol....!!!!
It's week 33 for me now, and just wanted to give a quick update.
Still can't run properly... It's almost a limping jog.
I can just barely get myself up for a single calf raise, but I can't hold it.
I am however, able to play hockey perfectly fine it seems. Except two weeks ago I took a puck in the teeth, and now I'm off to get a root canal in the morning. Just not feeling very lucky!
Funny thing is, now that I started playing hockey again, I've met two other people that have had the ATR. One guy did his last June, and now he says he feels perfect. Except when he started skating, he immediately had pains. Weird! He can run perfectly, but skating gives him pain. I'm the complete opposite. Guess it just proves that everyone heals differently.
Well, I hope you're all doing well. I'll try to get on here more often to keep tabs.
Off to get some Z's, really not looking forward to the dentist.
If your doctor doesn't suggest a boot - boot your doctor!
Hi all - good to hear your update Sean, maybe you will be running fine at the 12 month mark?
Fee - you must be so sick of physio! I am still with the NHS but a nagging voice inside my head is telling me to go private.
One peg - your are in good company here! you will have doubts about the conservative method, I did to begin with but it is working well for me and I am keen on sports too - I no longer belive that surgery is better for sporty people.
Quick question for you all - I am now stretching every day and walking a bit and static cycling. My limp is very slight, all seems to be ok so far. However, when I stretch the thing that stops me getting much past 90 deg is tightness and pain in the area where it ruptured - whilst this area is tight my calf muscle is not getting stretched - is this normal? It is like I am only stretching the bottom couple of inches of my achilles before I have to stop and nothing above that level gets stretched. Maybe the scar tissue is stopping my stretch further - what do you think? Will this tissue just break one day and I will be able to stretch my calf? Is there anything else I can do at this stage to strecth more?
Sorry - one quick question turned into a full pub quiz! your experiences and comments would be very helpful
Had a complete rupture 24th April self diagnosed initially (heard the pop felt the pain) I was talked into non surgical but I was given the chioce still a little unsure but this site has helped. Had boot fitted on 10 days after a cast and MRI scan, just wondered 2 things has anyone else got the extra tendon I have it showed up as undamaged on the MRI. And how long does it take for the initial natural healing of the achilles . At the moment I have the Blue theraband for exercise and the boot set at 30 degrees this seems a little quick from what I read on here.
Although I do believe the hospital are following a new protocol (experiment) on this injury.
One other thing all things being normal how long before golf can be played as this is my sport
Mate, just a little confused with the extra tendon bit? I only thought we had one main body Achilles in each leg. (excuse my ignorance if ive missed something here)
As for going into a boot only after 10 days, who knows - 3 or 6 weeks seem to be the norm. However - everyone is different and heals at different speeds, doctor opions are different and treatments seem to be changing by the minute. Again through reading various (thousands) of articles, the most important part of the healing happens within three to four weeks of rupture (Needs to be casted ASAP) - 2 Days is recommended if your not having surgery. It also seems that people who get on with Physio and weight bearing instead of keeping the cast on for ages are getting back to normal quicker. Its a hard one, but the most important advice is,Know your limits - Stop if it hurts too much and take it slow (Slow is Fast - Softly Softly catchee Monkey and all the Stuff) All of what i have said is purely on what i deducted from reading articles and should in no way be taken as fact. I hope it does work for you though.
I did mine on the 10th May whilst playing Rugby. I only trained when i played, (my fault, no stretching and all that stuff) I had a Full Complte Rupture, Luckily it happened 5cm above Achilles tendon insertion and the tear is at the level of musculotendinous junction. (Basically where the caft Muscle joins the Tendon) Also there was no gap according to the ultrasound scan. Must of just gone back to its original position. Im lead to believe that healing is slightly quicker the higher the rupture because of the blood flow etc. Anyway The others on this site im sure are more upto speed than myself, if you on the other hand hear anything just lets us know even if its old news - reminders are good.
Oh - Hi to everyone
? to keep you on your toes - what on average - weight wise, can the average Achilles Tendon Take in a middle aged person. And in 2005 in the US alone there were how many complete Ruptures (reported). (sorry bored - by the time i recover im going to be a specialst in ATR) Not!!!!
The extra tendon is not in use and is simply a throwback(something to do with grip" the consultant says "although unusual it is not that rare that is why I asked on here. My rupture is high approx 5cm below my calf, any comments on the golf.
At this stage 4 weeks all comments welcome.