The Dreaded Bang!!

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Hi folks I'm new to the group - on Thursday night (16.04.15) whilst playing badminton I heard a noise as if someone had dropped something heavy on floor by me as I ran across the back of the court until I realized that in fact that it was my achilles and that it had ruptured!  Having suffered numerous strains and tendonitis I knew straight away the worst had happen and what I will have to endure for most of the next 12 months.  I was taken straight to a & e and following confirmation by the doctor on call was put in an air boot until I see the specialist on Monday to discuss what happens next regarding treatment.  Feeling a bit down at the moment with all the aches and pain but I'm sure I'll be fine once I've seen the specialist - finding sleeping the worst, just can't get comfortable!

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    Hello Burtie,

    Yes, welcome to the club. I am almost 6 weeks down the line now. No surgery - just the boot and reducing the wedges.  It does ease off but you must follow the advice and not try to run before you walk.  As you indicated it will be a long journey but sticking with advice and taking it easy is the way forward.  I actually start physio on Tuesday so I know progress is being made.

    I don't know what job you do but my job is completely physical in everything I do and I need to be at least 90% functional to get back to it and that is some way off yet so no rushing to get back.  Its frustrating and costly but I'll get there.

    Good luck

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      Thanks Chris I'm hoping that the specialist will agree on the surgical route due to the problems I have had with my Achilles previously - I work in an office and am reasonably fit and healthy.  Boredom is the worst thing for me!! - hope your physio goes well
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      Hi Burtie, I find using a pillow with one leg above , the bad one and the good one underneath is good and can also protect you from your partner!! Then you'll get a good nights sleep.Chin up it just gets better from now on.
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    Apologies it's been a while since my last post - I've seen the specialist and he has suggested that I go for the non surgical route as my rupture was only a few days old.  I was put straight into an aircast boot angled sufficently to allow the tendon to start repairing itself, I will then see him every three weeks to have the boot adjusted until it eventually comes off after 9-12 weeks.  With the help of my wife the inner liner of boot was changed today and whilst there was no bruising my ankle was still very swollen, nice to have a new liner in even if my leg was having a spasm attack!!  Coping with the crutches nicely but can't wait to start putting weight on foot as calf muscle gets a bit sore at the moment, back to work in a weeks time so back to some sort of normality and then the 4-6 months physio.

    Will post in a few weeks time with an update - any feedback would be appreciated

    Jason

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      Good to see progress being made.  I have just taken the third wedge out of my boot (8 weeks in now) and have started with a little physio at the hospital.  Swelling and bruising has gone and can weight-bear with the boot now and have ditched the crutches.  However, after doing exercise or work (at home) for some time my leg gets very sore.  Need to remember to walk before running I suppose.

      I would be interested to know what your line of work is as I cannot even think about going back to my job as it is a 100% physical job involving a lot of lifting, carrying etc. and am on my feet all the time.

      Anyway, keep up the good work and don't push it too hard

      Chris

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      Good to see your progressing nicely Chris - I work in an office so not much weight will be going on my ankle
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