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Hi Folks! I realize this site is for patients in the uk but every time I go online I seem to end up here so I thought I'd join the group!
I am a 39 year old female and I ruptured my Achilles while playing volleyball. I wish I could say I made an awesome play but my Achilles didn't let me make it to the ball. As I was moving towards the ball I heard a pop and looked down to see what had landed on me! Sure enough there was nothing there. I made my way to the ER where I sat for seven hours. I was told that I had partially ruptured my Achilles and was put in a splint and given crutches. An MRI was scheduled and I would go to see the ortho doctor a week later.
At my first ortho appointment I was informed that I had FULLY ruptured my Achilles and that the splint I had been wearing for a week had been put on incorrectly in that my toes were not pointing down. The doctor suggested a non-surgical approach. I was put in a plaster cast with toes pointed down for three weeks.
After three weeks I returned to ortho to have cast removed and to start wearing my walking boot. The boot had five wedges in it and I will be removing one wedge every two weeks.
With it being week six of my recovery I am currently down to four wedges.
I had assumed that once I was in the walking boot I would be able to walk! But this doesn't seem to be the case. I have gradually stopped using the crutches when I am home. If I know I am going to need to walk a little further than from room to room I still use one crutch.
So now that I've shared where I am at, here are some of my concerns or questions...
1) Does anybody else find it difficult to walk with the boot? What about standing? I find my good leg is hurting because of the extra weight I am putting on it when I stand and my good foot/heel hurts. Does it get easier as you remove wedges?
2) My foot turns really purple when I've taken it out of the boot and stood to shower. Is this ok? It does return to a more normal colour if I elevate it for a couple minutes so I haven't been too worried.
3) How soon did you return to work? I'm a teacher and I have not yet returned. Originally it was because of the crutches but now it's more because I can't imagine being on my feet for seven hours and moving from student to student. Plus there is the fear of being bumped.
4) Looking ahead to being done with the boot...what's it like to walk with shoes on your feet and having no muscle in your calf? Does physio hurt?
Thanks for letting me get this off my chest! Good luck to everyone who is going through this and congrats to those of you who have been there done that!
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