Patient Comments: Achilles Tendon Rupture - Symptoms and Signs

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Comment from: Wornou., 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 12

I suffered with plantar fasciitis for many years, cortisone shots did help but painful to get! I also have bone spur; into Achilles' tendon! I use Lidoderm patches, air cast, best sneakers, and ice. Well, 2 weeks ago Achilles tendon ruptured, pain was like a fastball hitting back of heel; stinging and burning with total meltdown from pain! I could not put my foot down for a second. Within 30 minutes I got home, took a tramadol 50 mg, lay in bed crying and 20 minutes later took another 50 mg. Finally I could breathe! This was a Sunday, so emergency room was not for me. I called my doctor on Monday, I was seen on Tuesday, and had MRI on Wednesday. My doctor put me in a boot, gave me medication, soothed my spirits and said, wear boot, elevate, take pain medicines as needed and see you in 1 month, and let us hope scar tissue forms around tendon to avoid surgery! I probably have 3 or 4 months of wearing boot.

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Comment from: csb808, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 05

I stepped into an uncovered water meter hole. I had considerable ankle swelling and intense pain. X-rays at the emergency room (ER) were negative for fracture. I was told the injury was a high ankle sprain. After the swelling went down at approximately two weeks, I realized I could not point or flex my foot. I had surgery for Achilles tendon rupture, then 4 weeks non-weight bearing. I am now presently in a walking boot. I hope to start physiotherapy this week to progress to being out of the walking boot at 8 weeks post operation.

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Comment from: DToledo, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 13

I'm 45 and I was playing basketball but I did not warm up or stretch my legs properly because it was a casual one to one game. I was doing ok but after several minutes playing in a free shot in the moment after throwing the ball when I stepped on the floor again, I felt like a kick on my heel. I spun immediately to see if somebody kicked me but when I saw there was no one, I immediately knew what it was, a rupture of my left Achilles tendon; then came the pain. I was surgery treated the day after; all that was 8 weeks ago, now I'm at the beginning of the stretch recovery face of the rehabilitation.

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Comment from: Murphy"s Law, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 04

I had broken my foot and was a week away from getting my cast off when it happened. I had started to lean forward and I fell. As I was falling, I heard a loud snap and felt intense pain at the back of my foot. The hospital did x-rays with the cast on and said there were no new breaks. Two days later I went to see my foot and ankle doctor. He cut the cast off and my foot was severely swollen and bruised. He examined it and said I had torn my Achilles tendon. He said I was not a good candidate for surgery and re-cast it. He said it would have to be in a non-weight-bearing cast for up to 4 months and then in a boot for another 6 to 12 weeks. I was tired of wearing the cast so I bought an air cast and am now wearing it. It has been 3 weeks and I am still in a good amount of pain. I was prescribed tramadol (50mg every 4 to 6 hours). I try to only take it when I am going to sleep or if I cannot bear the pain.

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Comment from: Susan, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 01

Last Autumn I"d been working out about 10 - 12 hours a week in my gym when half way through a set of jumping lunges in a boot camp class I wobbled and something "went". I actually carried on for 3 weeks before finally seeing my doctor thinking it a nasty sprain. A trip to Accident & Emergency confirmed a ruptured right Achilles. I"ve had 4 months off work, 2.5 weeks in cast, 10 weeks in support boot with wedges, and several weeks of physiotherapy to date. I"m finally back in work and driving again and currently still have pain and a limp but am improving all the time. I live alone and got through it all with some real practical help from my friends. I now know all about supermarket mobility scooters, how much cat food will fit in a rucksack on a trip to the local shop on crutches, and even how much you can do with a personal trainer in your gym whilst wearing a support boot etc. Good luck if you are at the start of this journey and don"t just think you have to sit on your sofa watching TV.

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Comment from: Mark UK, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: April 22

I was playing football with work friends, we started playing this year about 4 weeks prior and for the last 2 weeks before the rupture of my Achilles tendon, it was really sore! I should have known to stop but I played because we were a man down, and well to cut a long story short, I turned to go after the ball, used my right leg to launch and snap! It was like someone had kicked me in the back of the leg, and the noise was like a gun going off. I"ve been in a cast for 2 weeks and now I"m in an adjustable boot, it"s really frustrating and every time I go to the hospital they remind me this is a 12 week process and then the physiotherapy starts! I just want to walk again. Oh well, I guess you live and learn. If I had any advice at this stage it would be to get one of those waterproof bags for the cast they put you in for 2 weeks, falling over whilst trying to have a shower standing with your leg out like a ballerina isn"t fun! Good luck everyone, I know if you are reading this you have done yours in too because no one thinks about this before they do it right?

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