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Old 04-11-2008, 09:38 PM   #1
Travis Cudlin
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Question Rehabing a soldier with an Achilles Tendon Tear?

Wednesday night we were playing a football conditioning game on a basketball court instead of our typical run for PT, and one of our cadets stepped on the others ankle and he limbed off the court. Long story short he complained of a pain on the BACK of his foot (not the ankle) and that it had felt like someone had thrown a basketball full force into his calf. I recognized the S/S from my Athletic Training classes, and an MRI confirmed it yesterday: Achilles Tendon tear.

He's on crutches and in a cast now with surgery scheduled next week; he won't be jogging for at least another six months. After he gets out of rehab, I'd really like to start helping him get his conditioning back and was wondering if any here on the boards had experience with this.
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Old 04-12-2008, 12:26 AM   #2
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Re: Rehabing a soldier with an Achilles Tendon Tear?

Just continue to work with the upper body and the good leg. Some studies have shown the nueroligical component form training the good leg will keep the bad one better then if you were doing nothing. Tell him to be possitive about it and think of himself out of the cast, positive affirmations I think will be important for a speed recovery.

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Old 05-04-2008, 01:12 PM   #3
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Re: Rehabing a soldier with an Achilles Tendon Tear?

I experienced this very injury to my left achilles in Jan of 2006. Snapped it completely and had surgury within a week. I was on light duty for three months and returned to full duty at the end of the third month. I am a firm believer that my prior physical conditioning was a huge help as I'm sure it will be for your cadet.

The main thing for me was keeping the achilles stretched out as soon as the doctor would allow it. It really prevented the build up of scar tissue. It is still not as strong as the non-injured leg but it is coming along. A positive attitude will help big time. By the way I was able to complete my SWAT PT test after four months with little trouble.

Hope this helps.
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Old 05-04-2008, 03:43 PM   #4
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Re: Rehabing a soldier with an Achilles Tendon Tear?

I cut mine April 2006.

I spent 6 weeks in a boot.

At 8 weeks walking very slow and with my foot pointed out to the side.

At 3 months I was able to walk 3 miles very carefully.

At 6 months I was able to run about a mile and walk 3 more

At 9 months I was able to run 3 miles 3 times a week.

At 12 months I wasback to 95%.

At 15 months I was in Thailand training twice a day with no pain or problems.
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