Back at work 2 weeks after Achilles Tendonitis surgery reattachment

by Alex
(Netherlands)

I am Female and 52 and ruptured my left achilles 3 years ago. After many vists to the hospital and many complaints I finally got to see the surgeon.


Had the operation 3 weeks ago and I am back at work now, but still on crutches. Didn't have a lot of pain, and bathed the wound in Dettol every night so no infections so far. (touch wood)

Unfortunately I wasn't given much after care advice except to keep the foot elevated and rest and I have had to learn via the computer.

No one told me that I had to rest for a lot of weeks, so I took it on myself to go back to work.

Now, by the afternoon, my foot it starting to swell, even though it's elevated.

What am I doing Wrong?

I've read about the ice packs here and I will start doing that. Is there anything else that I should be doing?

Thank for your help..... Alex



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Joshua Answers:

Hi Alex.

Ouch, that's no fun.

My questions for you are:

1. Was it a partial rupture, or complete? I'm guessing partial.

2. Did the surgeon say anthing about it, like he saw a lot of degeneration, Tendonosis, was it a clean rupture, etc?

3. Had it been hurting previously? If so, for how long?



Regardless of all that, ultimately you still have to rehab the structure.

Surgery went in and reattached whatever needed to be reattached.

Now, the structure is even shorter than it was before.

Your lower leg structures were already too tight. Now they're even tighter, and putting more tension on the tendon. THis is why you are suppposed to rest, to let the tendon heal back together before you go putting your weight on it.

Depending on the specificis, you may or may not be all right with crutches. Thus the above 3 questions.


I suggest that you get my Reversing Achilles Tendonitis ebook if you haven't already.

It contains the bulk of what you need to get your lower legs healthy again. (The activites to decrease Achilles Tendonitis are the same to prevent it, and to rehab a surgery, essentially)

So there's that.


I would also, were I you, Ice Dip as opposed to Ice Pack, as described on the How To Reduce Inflammation page. 5 gallon bucket, arctic cold water, and lots of 10 second dips.

That's for the swelling.

The danger is that you're pulling the newly attached tendon apart slowly (new swelling).

Answer the above 3 questions with whatever other details you want to add, get the ebook, and let's go from there.





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PART 2 - Alex answers Joshua - Back at work 2 weeks after Achilles Tendonitis surgery reattachment
by: Alex

Dear Josh,

I answer to your questions.

1. Was it a partial rupture, or complete? I'm guessing partial.

It was partial

2. Did the surgeon say anthing about it, like he saw a lot of degeneration, Tendonosis, was it a clean rupture, etc?

Here in holland it's like pulling teeth to get the doctor to tell you anything, however, there was a boney growth out the back of the heel about 2mm which explained why I was having more pain than necessary, whilst walking. He removed that and while in there he said that the achilles had attached itself to the bone so he had to loosen it. I think that is the reason that I could be more mobile than most, because even though it was reattached it had to be stretched to get it free from the bone.

3. Had it been hurting previously? If so, for how long?
Of course I was in pain when the rupture occurred, however, the recent pain (if you can call it that) has been for 2 years. Apparently then they found the bone growth which I was told was the result of the tendon rubbing up and down the heel. Can that happen?

Now I am walking quite a bit around the house but still need one crutch when outside. There is still a bit of pain, but nothing I can't live with. The surgery scab has started to drop off also and the wound looks healthy underneath.

The only odd thing is that I keep finding bruises on my foot that weren't there before for example last night I found one one the under arch of my foot.

Go figure.

regards Alex


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Joshua Comments:

Wow. So you had rupture, then a long time later had surgery? Ouch?

I wonder about that whole 'achilles tendon sticking to the heel' thing.

It comes down and attaches to the heel, so I don't know where it would stick to....

The random bruising sounds odd. YOu mean like bruises just show up out of the blue?

Are you anemic at all? May want to explore that.

Hmmmm.





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