Patient Comments: Achilles Tendon Rupture - Symptoms and Signs

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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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Comment from: 4everfit, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 14

I"m a 44 year old mother of two. I have been active all my life. This day I was playing basketball with the big boys as usual, then I felt like someone had kicked me in the back of the leg but there wasn"t anyone behind me. I quit the game, sat down and it was so much pain I cried. I thought it was a sprain ankle but it wasn"t, it was Achilles tendon rupture. It has been a week and I cannot wait to recover.

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Comment from: Benji, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 13

While performing my regular routine at the gym, I extended my left leg rearward during a kick exercise. I suddenly heard a loud crack and immediately felt an acute pain in the left calf. After a few minutes, and applying ice, the pain subsided and I could limp from there to the airport to catch my plane home where I could be treated (surgery) for the Achilles tendon rupture.

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Comment from: anonymous, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: March 04

I am very active and healthy. I have always participated in sports all my life. This particular day I had the Achilles tendon rupture I was playing basketball and just took off to run towards the ball and heard a sudden pop. I stopped to look around and see if anyone else had heard it but they were continuing to play. I thought it was my shoe so I lifted my leg to look down and suddenly my leg began to feel numb so I sat down. There was no excruciating pain but I figured I had better not try and walk. The sound from the pop sounded as if it came from within and no one else had heard it, in fact, the person guarding me was still trying to play defense.

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