Back at work 2 weeks after Achilles Tendonitis surgery reattachment

by Alex

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.

I 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


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 pain 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.

Please reply using the comment link below. Do not submit a new submission to answer/reply, it's too hard for me to find where it's supposed to go.

And, comments have a 3,000 character limit so you may have to comment twice.

Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
The Tendonitis Expert

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Aug 09, 2018
Harsh Reality
by: LL

WOW,That's the harsh reality, ow that I see the light, its time to heal! What supplements should I use to build on improving my nutritional makeup?



Joshua Comments:

That's all in the Reversing Achilles Tendonitis program.

I point you there because even if you did the nutrition, that's only a (strong) third of what you need to do to fix the overall problem.

At this point for you, enough of the right nutrition would help, but it's not a fix per se, and won't get you the results you're looking for.

Aug 08, 2018
OMG, what the heck?
by: LL

I'm 55 and a former college track runner and have been an athlete most of my life. September, will be a year since my Achilles surgery on my left and Topaz procedure in March on my right.

I'm still in pain, I can't put all my weight on my left or right. I have constant shooting pains on both ankles and often it feels like hot needles on both my ankles. I discontinued P.T. cut down on walking since the end of July....What the heck is going on?


Joshua Comments:

The tendonitis dynamic is what's going on.

See: What Is Tendonitis?

See: Pain Causing Dynamic

Muscles and connective tissue are too tight, inflammation process is still active, nutritional insufficiency is still present.

Surgery is neat and all, but it avoided the above three factors that were causing your achilles tendon pain, etc.

Said another way, everything that was going on pre-surgery is still going on post-surgery, plus the negatives that the trauma of surgery added.

Apr 23, 2010
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


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.


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