Patient Comments: Achilles Tendon Rupture - Symptoms and Signs

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Comment from: Charles, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 07

I have been in physiotherapy to recover from back surgery that left me with neuropathy on my right foot. I was standing on a ladder driving a screw into the kitchen ceiling and probably was putting more weight on my left foot because of the neuropathy on the right. It felt like I was hit in the back of the ankle with a board and I found myself on the kitchen floor. I reached for the back of my ankle and it was mush. I knew right away what had happened. There was very little pain, but I went to the doctor immediately and had surgery in 2 days, for Achilles tendon rupture. I am 4 weeks later now and in a boot. I should be able to walk without crutches in another 2 weeks and go back to work. I can't work until then because I have to carry tools and a laptop into clinics to repair their machines.

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Comment from: gabbyannie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 21

I was in the middle of crossing a busy road when I felt a sudden intense pain in my right calf. I managed across the road but couldn't get up the curb, so just stood there balancing on one leg till someone appeared who could help. I've been in a moon boot for 5 weeks now and am beginning to lose wedges. Bruising and swelling have gone, but ankle and heel ache like mad! I am hoping the Achilles tendon rupture is healing okay as I am self-employed and so not earning whilst off work. I would like an idea of when I might be back on my feet.

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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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