Ruptured Achilles tendon this afternoon, what's next...

DIBBS

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61 yrs old, reasonable shape. I wasn't even doing anything stoopid. I was walking the dog with a 45lb pack in preparation for fire season at a 3-4mph pace and BOOM, face down on the ground with a fair amount of pain. At first I thought that my German Shepherd had tripped me, but it felt like I got hit in my calf with a 2x4. Just back from the ER. Foot is in a hard splint, and I will speak to an orthopedic surgeon on Monday.

Just wondering from those who may have gone through this, what's ahead and what I am I looking at for recovery time. Thanks
 

eklarsen

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Yes, you are. 6 months minimum if you do the appropriate PT. Good luck man, sorry this happened to you.
 
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Do exactly, what the Dr. tells you to do. I haven't had a ruptured Achilles, but I did have a distal biceps tendon rupture. The surgeon used a couple of titanium screws to reattach it. It took 6 months before I could do any heavy lifting. The Achilles tendon can be very tricky to heal. Once, again, do exactly what the Dr. advises.
 
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The irony though. :geek:


Good luck with your recovery. There seems to be no rhyme or reason these rupture. One day your'e good and, just like you, you're face down wondering WTF just happened.
 
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I ruptured my bicep at one point as a kid. I don't remember how.

Later on I completely detached the patellar tendon (and a little bit of bone) from the front of my tibia while walking casually through a parking lot. Don't let 13 year old boys body build. A little knifey knifey fixey fixey and a few months later and I was back on a skateboard.

As an adult I did something really wrong once (we are still uncertain how it happened) and detached my subscapularis tendon from my shoulder. Unfortunately, I had so many dislocations that I wasn't really sure what a not-injured shoulder felt like. The shoulder is/was the worst injury I'd ever had to recover from. I didn't figure out I was hurt for months. Once we figured it out I got the surgery to reattach it promptly and was as a result properly stumped with agonizing non-stop pain for a month, major unrelenting pain for 3 months and notable pain for over a year. After a year it stopped hurting quite so much or as constantly. It took me 2 years of quite hard work and a good whack of continuous pain to get 90% of my range of motion back. Now the bicep is my weak one, the knee is the worse of the two but not a real problem most days and my shoulder is my strong one.

Of the tendon shreds, the knee hurt the least. Hopefully you'll be on the more pain free side of things. Good luck! Don't take the pills a second longer than you have to.
 
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Like many here I had the bicep thing in '97. Got it sewed back on, started deadlifting with a hook grip and surpassed previous numbers. The same is in store for you. VERY IMPORTANT: do what they say WRT PT. If they tell you to rest, rest. When it's time to go, then don't take counsel of your pain. Go as far as they tell you and no farther.

I only took my pain pills at night. During the day I could hack it, but at night the throbbing kept me from sleeping. As soon as you can sleep without them, flush those things down the toilet.

God bless you for getting ready for fire season. Don't know you, but I think I'd look up to you. Anyone who rucks while walking the dog is A OK.

Whatever you do, keep training. Upper body stuff, one leg stuff, swimming when able: all good. I trained with a safety squat bar and dumbells with the good arm while my injured arm was healing.

One final thing, if you haven't already done so, surrender this whole thing to God. You will be pleasantly surprised how HE works our momentary misfortunes for HiS glory. And thank God again that this didn't happen to you on some hillside in Afghanistan.

You got this.

God bless America
 

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I strained mine real bad in a motorcycle fall.... Too slow to say crash, about 3 years ago. Still hurts now
 

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Complete rupture? Surgery, recovery and a bout of PT. Don't over do it as it heals and you'll be fine. Try to over do it and you'll get another surgery and recovery period.
 
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DIBBS

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Surgery two days ago, nerve block has almost wore off, Yes it was a complete rupture. Based on my research, it would appear that my plans for the next 6-12 months have changed substantially. I think my first follow up is in 2 weeks. No weight bearing whatsoever, and foot is in a boot with foam inserts to keep angle as the healing begins. Gotta be positive.
 
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Crazy. I’m in my mid thirties and am generally healthy, but I’ve had three different times where I’ve been walking or running and had that sudden 2x4 to the calf feeling. Twice, I was walking or running with my dog when it happened.

It was never my Achilles, but my gastrocnemius calf muscles tore and rolled up twice. Each time, it was a boot for 4-5 weeks just to be able to walk with any sense of normalcy and one of my muscles never fully rolled back out before reattaching, so now the muscle bunches up on the inside of my leg when it becomes flexed. It functions okay, but definitely isn’t quite right. Doc doesn’t recommend surgery on it, though.

Stay on the PT regimen as others have said, and definitely don’t overdo it out of boredom or stubbornness—you don’t want that thing healing weirdly.

Good luck.
 
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