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2 Year Since Achilles Rupture

2016-09-11-13-05-53It has been two years since my Achilles rupture and I thought I post an update. No update is a good thing right? I’ve pretty much been going on about life as if I have never had the injury. There is no tightness when I walk or run. I have no reservation when I exercise. I don’t need to take any medication or supplement. For my wedding anniversary, my wife and I scaled a 1000 ft hike and I had no issues. Here is the picture from that hike!

The only slight inconvenience is some tightness when I squat and some muscle atrophy. The atrophy is not noticeable but I am reminded of my injury when I explode my calf muscles to jump or kick a soccer ball. I cramp often when that happens. To be honest, I haven’t kept up with all of the exercises. Daily life and busy-ness got the better of me. It’s just a matter of commitment. I do occasional calf raisers during shower and try to tire it as much as possible.

All in all, I am doing well. Very happy with my surgery. Treatment was very good. My scar is very smooth as well as the skin. Aside from the incision marking, you can’t tell from the texture of my skin that I had surgery. After the surgery, my Achilles was extremely thick due to the scar tissue.

My left Achilles that ruptured compared with my right one. (Sorry for the bad angle).

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Below is my batte scar. You can’t tell from the picture but it is very smooth. All the therapy worked!

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At this time, I want to thank you for reading all the posts and joining me in this journey. I see each and every one of your visits and can see this blog brings value to your journey whether you are going through this yourself or someone you care for. Keep it up. There is life after this surgery which is an active one. Feel free to email or contact me for any questions. I’ll be glad to elaborate.

Introduction and Timeline

On Oct 13, 2014, I ruptured my left Achilles. At the time of the rupture, I was a healthy 35 year old male, 6′ 2″ and about 210lbs. My physical fitness was semi-active. I work from home but try to manage cycling 1-2 times a week and play full court basketball at least once a week. So I wasn’t completely out of shape but I wasn’t in super great shape either.

In hindsight, I don’t think you can pinpoint the cause of the rupture. I played competitive sports throughout high school and lettered in volleyball, basketball, and soccer all 4 years. I put my body during those years very hard. I was young so I thought. Much of my problems came from my knees but never any foot or ankle problems.

About a year before the rupture, I did see the doctor to have my left Achilles checked out. I often would wake up in the morning with a very stiff left foot. The doctor indicated it there was some swelling on my Achilles and was diagnosed with tendonosis. I was given a few leg strengthening exercises and off I went. One more checkup and the pain went away. Laziness got the better of me and I stopped doing the exercises. At no point did the doctor say there was going to be a risk of a rupture. Thinking back, it was likely precursor to the full rupture.

Here is a timeline view of my blog posts of my recovery.

Oct 13 2014 – The Rupture
Oct 14 2014 – visit chiropractor, MRI
Oct 15 2014 – MRI confirm full rupture
Oct 16 2014 – Dr. L. No surgery date. Soft cast taken off
Oct 17 2014 – iwalk arrives
Oct 18 2014 – First Weekend
Oct 21 2014 – Dr. J. Surgery confirmed for Tuesday Oct 23
Oct 23 2014 – Surgery
Oct 23 2014 – Immense Pain Post Surgery
Oct 25 2014 – Side effects
Oct 29 2014 – Pain in Calf / Cast Removed
Oct 31 2014 – Nutrition post Achilles surgery
Nov 4 2014 – Post Op appt, stitches removed, limited exercises
Nov 14 2014 – physical therapy
Nov 18 2014 – Post Op appt – 50% weight bearing
Nov 21 2014 – physical therapy
Nov 24 2014 – physical therapy – 75% weight bearing
Dec 1 2014 – physical therapy
Dec 3 2014 – physical therapy
Dec 8 2014- physical therapy
Dec 10 2014 – physical therapy
Dec 15 2014 – physical therapy
Dec 16 2014 – Post Op appt – No crutches!
Dec 17 2014 – physical therapy – 50-50 Boots
Dec 22 2014 – physical therapy –
Dec 29 2014 – physical therapy – no boots
Jan 13 2015 – Post Op appt
Jan 21 2015 – physical therapy
Jan 23 2015 – 3 months post op update!
Jan 28 2015 – physical therapy
Feb 4 2015 – physical therapy
Feb 12 2015 – Legoland Trip!
Mar 11 2015 – 4 months post op
March 26 2015 – 5 months post op and end of physical therapy
May 2 2015 – Business Trip
June 29 2015 – 8 months post op
Oct 2 2015 – Jogging
Dec 18 2015 – one year and 2 months post op
Jan 4 2016 – Back to basketball!
March 25, 2016 – Visiting New York City after Achilles Rupture
Nov13, 2016- Two years update