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Hey guys. Ruptured my achilles 8 weeks ago playing football. I'm 35 and quite fit.
I've been in a boot for most of the time (pot for the first week or so).
After the first week or so, the throbbing had gone and I wasn't in pain. The most pain came from the ultra sound, that was torture.
I soon got used to the boot and was barely using crutches around the house. After 6 weeks, they slightly altered the angle of the boot, and got used to that after a day and was hobbling around without crutches again.
8 weeks passed and they have flattened the boot. And wow, I'm amazed how bad it is. As I now have the extra motion and the tendon is being stretched, it's awful and I can't really get around without the crutches, unless I cheat and just hobble on my heel.
i don't feel like I've got enough information off the physio. This time I was told an exercise to do, 20 times a day. Where I just sit and move onto the balls of my feet. I'm allowed to take the boot off for bed.
When I was leaving physio, I was clearly not walking right and she told me to use the crutches to take some of the weight, but that I had to walk on it as in 2 weeks the boot was coming off.
I feel like this is worse than it should be. It's so painful. And I'm quite fed up now as this is the least mobile I've been, excluding the first week or so. And I was planning to go back to work this week - my sick note is for another 2 weeks, but thought it'd be ok until they changed the boot. And I'm worried that when the sick note runs out in two weeks and they take the boot off, I'm barely going to be able to walk.
I wonder whether it's worse than first thought by the doctor as I wasn't offered surgery.
It's frustrating. I remember reading not long after I'd injured mine, Gordon Ramsay had done the same. And of course he was offered surgery and he seems to be back on his feet now. So would I have had surgery if I had the money to just go private and pay for it?
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