achilles tendon rehab

Movement analysis after achilles rupture and repair - 30/9/17

So now I am out of the boot and am starting to move around like a normal person, my rehab proper starts.  And like a proper scientist, I want to set a benchmark to see where my left ankle is at the moment, what its limitations are and how they change over time.

So here are a couple of movement benchmarks.  We got the squat, walking, reverse lunge and a measure of ankle mobility...

The boot comes off, and I didn't expect this!

So I had my first full day without the boot on yesterday and did some good walking too and from the gym.  I was concentrating on walking as properly as possible (rolling through my foot and not hobbling with a super stiff ankle).  And it all worked well!  I was so happy with how it went!  I could feel both my achilles and calf working nicely!

Achilles repair - The boot is off!

Had my last appointment with the consultant this afternoon.  All looked well and he was happy with the scar and the movement in my ankle and the amount of pressure I could put through the ball of my foot.

So that's it from him!  The tendon is nicely fixed and now I just need to make sure I don't snap it again (10% chance of a previously ruptured Achilles going again) and regaining the strength I've lost over the last (nearly) 3 months.

Returning to exercise after injury or surgery

***Disclaimer***

When it comes to your health and wellbeing, first and foremost you should listen to the medical experts. Also, because there are so many variables here, I will only be able to give general guidelines. You cannot and should not think of anything I say here to be specific advice to you personally.

That being said, my experience of helping people return from injury or surgery has taught me a thing or two. And I actually snapped my achilles tendon at the start of July, so am having some first hand experience of this!

Achilles repair - Day 17

Back in the hospital to check how everything has gone.  17 days after the injury and 10 days after surgery.

My first adventure through town in the rain and then on the bus and all was good.  The consultant had a very quick look at how things were and tried to bend my ankle a bit.  It was having none of it!  I'm not sure if it was because the foot has been kept totally immobile all this time, or because of the stitches or because it was still really bloody swollen, but it didn't want to move!

Achilles rupture repair - Day 7, Surgery

Monday 17th July.  Started off playing with the bench press.  Not much legs involved so can still play with those.  Thank you Anna for making sure I stay safe!

And after playing first thing in the morning, I get the phone call from the hospital...Can I make it in midday for surgery that afternoon!  Woo hoo!  It's happening!

So cleared my diary for the rest of the day and a special big thanks to Jo who swapped her training session with me for driving me into the hospital!

Day 3.  Finding out what's next at the hospital.

I had my check up at the hospital this morning.  Didn't need a scan in the end.  The guy heard how it happened, took 1 poke at it and said yup, total rupture.  It seems it has snapped a bit higher than usual.  He said it normally goes down close to where the tendon attaches to the heel (as seen in the picture below).  But mine has gone a bit higher, closer to where it attaches to the calf muscle.

Achilles tendon rupture location