Just had achilles Surgery a week ago, pain high towards the calf

by David
(Melbourne Australia)

I was playing indoor soccer and felt someone 'kick' me from behind, fell over and i knew straight away what it was...

a trip to the hospital straight after confirmed my fear and was booked into surgery the next day.

it has now been a week and i am seeing the surgeon in 4 days.

he told my fiance after the op that it had gone well, however i had a zigzag rupture higher up my heel towards the middle of my calf, i am 33 and always running, playing sports and active.

my pain is good, not too bad...and i can wiggle all my toes easily and was able to straighten after op.

the incision was only one on the calf.

so, i am thinking (hoping) that this wont be as serious as some of the ones posted on here and hoping to be walking soon as my heel isn't sore at all, the only pain seems to be coming from my calf area.

any questions you think i should be asking the surgeon?

bored out of my brains on these crutches!



Joshua Answers:

Hi David.

Bored huh? I was just telling Steve at 39 year old Right Achilles Tendon rupture recovery that patience is a virtue.

Was your heel sore? If not, why do you think it should be sore now?

Think it sucks
now? Get active too early and re-rip the achilles tendon and have to go through it all again....that'd suck even more.

Not saying you're going to do that, just sayin.

This Quiz Your Doc page may be relevant, even though Achilles Tendon Rupture is much more straightforward than general Achilles Tendonitis.

The only questions I can think of for you to ask the doc are:

1. How much faster/better should a zigzag tear heal compared to a full tear?

2. Why did it tear so high up towards the calf? As opposed to down lower?

3. How exactly should I rehab my Achilles so it will be stronger/healthier/safer than it was before?

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.

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Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
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Jun 08, 2015
Thanks Josh
by: Rick

Well yes. I went to a vascular surgeon on Wednesday. He told me it's a minor clot. But wants to see me anyway this week. I'm also on xerelto, which I'm hearing is bad. Lol. Great.

Jun 06, 2015
Thanks Josh
by: Rick

Thanks Josh. As silly as my question was, though I'm 44, it's my first surgery in my life.

So I really didn't know what to expect. In addition, I have a blood clot In my calf, so they couldn't give me the nerve block.

So I figured that's why I was so full of pain as well. Anyway, as of around noon today, yes I'm in pain still, but not the writhing horrific pain of yesterday. In fact, I'm now one hour past pain killer time and still haven't taken it. So I maybe an doing better that I thought yesterday.

Thanks for your comment. Are you a doctor?


Joshua Comments:

Hi again Rick.

I'm not a doctor, but I deal with a lot of people that have recently been cut on by doctors.

Did you get the blood clot from the surgery/post surgery, or did you have it before? Either way, that's obviously problematic (and painful).

I presume the dr.'s are keeping a very close eye on you, if you currently have a blood clot, yes?

Jun 06, 2015
Post Achilles Surgery Pain Is Brutal Right Now. Is That Normal?
by: Rick F.

I just had surgery 18 hours ago. My painkillers that day take every 6 hours only work for about 3. The other 3, like right now are brutal. Is this normal?


Joshua Comments:

Hi Rick.

Well, I don't know exactly what happened during your surgery, but as a general rule, yes, you should be hurting 18 hours after very sharp objects cut deep into your flesh, your tendon, etc.

Possibly you had a grinder pulverizing and removing bone etc.

That is significant damage being done to your body.

So yes, pain that you need painkillers for is common and to be expected.

Maybe you had a major form of this surgery, maybe a minor form, but still, it's surgery, and surgery causes significant pain/injury.

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