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