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  • How I tore my Achilles tendon

    As requested...

    There's not much to tell, but here goes.

    I was playing tennis. "Ah-ha!" you might think. "That explains it!"

    Except it doesn't.

    I wasn't doing anything particularly heroic or athletic. I was just standing there on the service line. The tennis instructor lobbed the ball at me gently, and I moved to address it...not particularly aggressively or with any "burst." Casually.

    The next thing I know, it felt like someone had fallen on my leg. There was a pretty loud "POP!" I looked back and asked, "What the hell?" of the guy behind me (my brother-in-law), thinking he had stepped on me. I knew something was wrong right away...there was nobody around me for a six-foot radius.

    There was no pain. I tried to stand up. It didn't work. I could see my foot on the ground, but it didn't "feel" like it was on the ground. I was getting no feedback from the foot that would tell me I was standing on the leg. It felt "short."

    So I took a step onto that foot... and instantly ended up on the ground. Total structural collapse. That leg could not hold any weight. Still no pain though.

    And that's when I decided it was time to go to the hospital.

    Pete (was unprepared for the possibility that an injury so severe could be painless, but knew almost immediately it was an Achilles tear)

  • #2
    Sounds like a freak accident. I never expected you to say it was painless. What’s the downtime/rehab like?
    Originally posted by Mr. Raceboy
    I'm a lot more worried about the commies running DC than I am about commies half way around the world.

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    • #3
      The specialist confirmed what I'd been thinking. Achilles injuries can be cumulative ones. I spent most of my teens and twenties intensely working out, running, etc. He surmised that its possible (without actually committing, because doctors are as slippery as lawyers) that this might be the culmination of half a lifetime of minor injuries that went untreated. In particular, I tore both a hamstring and calf on that same leg about 3 years ago playing rec league soccer, and finished out the season anyway, playing on with compression wraps and painkillers. Never saw a doctor then either.

      Anyway, the way this happened (not particularly stressful activity, no warning pain, total tear and not partial, etc.) made him theorize that this was an injury that accrued over time and not all at once.

      As for rehab...it's long. I'm in bandages from the surgery for another week or two. Locomotion right now is totally on the other leg...no weight on the left one. I am in what people call a "walking boot" but I'm prohibited from letting it touch the ground...no weight. Next month or so I might be able to walk short distances on the walking boot. Sometime in January I might be able to ditch the boot and wear normal shoes, but walking will still be difficult and frowned upon.

      As I understand it, while the tendon will heal within about six to eight weeks, the next six to eight months I have to avoid extending my toe or the newly repaired tendon will stretch. So while they will let me walk, I will have to put risers in my shoe that will prevent me from walking "normally" and I will have a very pronounced limp for months, and any kind of physical activity or walking barefoot is prohibited.

      Return to full strength is about six to twelve months.

      One thing to note: It does not hurt. I'm not even on painkillers right now...not even aspirin. I am on blood thinners (which suck...I cut myself shaving and it didn't stop for four hours) because apparently this kind of injury puts you at high risk for a life-threatening blood clot. But no pain.

      Pete (wishes he could have shared this crap with you guys while it was happening, but the outage killed both his election watch and his injury reporting)

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      • #4
        Where to start? Sue the tennis court owner, the instructor, your brother in law, your shoe manufacturer, your doctors.....
        "I guess I just hate the fact there is public property at all." - Mr. Raceboy.

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        • #5
          Tendons have a very poor blood supply, so they take forever to heal. They're basically like bungee cords, and when they get old, individual fibers can tear or shred. You may have been on only a few remaining fibers for some time, and that last step took out the remaining ones.

          What blood thinner do they have you on?
          "Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect." –Mark Twain

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          • #6
            I'm on Xarelto.

            Pete (takes it with breakfast each morning)

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            • #7
              Gah! Feel better; ankle injuries don't always kill Greeks.
              They speak in bulletpointese leftist nutjob drivel. It doesn't matter. Nothing is as great a motivator as the chance to truly be free.
              -Mr. Raceboy

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Jester View Post
                Gah! Feel better; ankle injuries don't always kill Greeks.
                I do imagine that if I was on a battlefield and not merely playing tennis, this would almost certainly have gotten me killed.

                Pete (can't help but placing himself in his people's history/mythology)

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Plezercruz View Post

                  I do imagine that if I was on a battlefield and not merely playing tennis, this would almost certainly have gotten me killed.

                  Pete (can't help but placing himself in his people's history/mythology)
                  I'm betting you didn't win that tennis match either.
                  They speak in bulletpointese leftist nutjob drivel. It doesn't matter. Nothing is as great a motivator as the chance to truly be free.
                  -Mr. Raceboy

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                  • #10
                    It would appear photo uploading (without remote hosting and img tags) is now working again.

                    Pete (posts today's "foot shot")

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                    • #11
                      That sucks Pete.

                      Steve (knows what it's like to sit on the couch for 4 months)
                      "Democracy is a form of worship. It is the worship of jackals by jackasses." H.L. Mencken

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