Ruptured Achilles Tendon from pushing a car, reattachment surgery two days later
I was pushing a car to the side of the road which was up a slight incline,when somebody kicked me from behind(or so I thought) and I heard this crack like whip.
I didn't realize immediately what had just occurred.
When I tried to walk I got an immense pain in my lower left leg and was unable to control my foot.I managed to get home and my wife took me to A&E where they gave me pain killers and strapped my heel so that my toes were in a downward position which relieved the pain slightly.I was informed to see an orthopedic surgeon ASAP. This occurred on a Saturday afternoon.
When I spoke to the surgeon he booked me straight into hospital on Sunday night and he operated on me on the Monday morning.
If you do snap your achilles tendon get it operated on as soon as possible or the outcome will not be successful as the tendon shrinks pretty quickly.
After the surgery my lower leg was encased in a cast for 3 months. For the first couple of weeks I couldn't lower my leg as the pain was terrible due to the blood flowing to the area.I have fully recovered and don't even walk with a limp.I had physiotherapy and had to have the heel on my shoe built up until the tendon became flexible.
This occurred 12 years ago and have never had a problem ,but I am careful not to over exert the tendon.
If you do snap your tendon, get it sorted as you could develop a blood clot in your leg, which can be life threatening.
Hey there, thanks for sharing your story.
I'm glad to hear you've had
I'm also curious why you're so careful not to 'over exert' the tendon if you're fully recovered.
I suspect there's more to the story....
Really, they booked you in for an overnight stay? That's unusual (unless you went in late and the surgery was early, that could make sense).
And as you imply, ruptures of the Achilles tendon are no joke. They DO need to be dealt with, with either Achilles Tendon Reattachment Surgery or The ARPwave System
1. Did you have any Achilles Tendonitis
or symptoms before the rupture?
2. It sounds like it was a complete Achilles Tendon Rupture
3. How long after the cast came off till you were 'fully' recovered? Which includes how long were you in heightened heels?
4. What all did you do in PT?
5. Say more about the over exertion thing.
You don't have to of course, I'm just curious.----------------------
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Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
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