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Old 04-12-2006, 06:04 PM   #21
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Here are the pictures. The cut before the surgery and my leg wrapped up after.

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Old 04-13-2006, 01:14 PM   #22
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I went to the doc today. They took away my splint and gave me a boot to wear. Now I can apply direct ice treatment, it feels so much better now.
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Old 04-13-2006, 03:00 PM   #23
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I feel your pain, man. I am almost five months into my Completely Ruptured Achilles tendon recuperation Period. (I hate it when CRAP happens.) Unfortunately, I have no inspiring tale to tell of my accident, just a series of depth jumps and then "what am I doing on the floor and why is my lower leg numb??!!"

Five weeks after surgery (in a cast) I was "walking" in the boot. Five weeks in the boot and I started walking (very gingerly) without. First things first, range of motion. Can you spell stretch? Four weeks out of the boot and I started working on air squats. Great rehab for what's going to be left of your upper leg. Of course, I'm no medic, that's just what I did.

I also gained 8 lbs going from a svelte 153 to a pudgy 161 (hey, it's all relative), so a menu modification is definitely in order.

My doc said six months before the tendon is back to normal so I'm restricting myself to air squats, unweighted OHS, and absolutely zero power movements. After six months I'll work on resurrecting my leg.

BTW, I got the doc to take pics during surgery, the nurses thought I was really off to make such a request, but what a Kodak moment!

Best wishes...
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Old 04-14-2006, 09:19 AM   #24
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One of the best things you can do to rehab this would be to get into a pool as soon as your therapist gives you the ok to do it. I'm 6 months out from rupturing mine and have found this to be the best way to rehab.
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Old 04-14-2006, 09:37 AM   #25
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Can you walk fairly normal at 6 months?
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Old 04-14-2006, 05:19 PM   #26
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This is a bad sign. Three guys signed up Crossfit in October '05. All three with the dreaded torn/cut Achilles. What's wrong with us?

By six months I sure hope to be walking normally. At 4-1/2 months I already am (for the most part). The only thing is some days it feels a little stiff/sore, some days it's great.

Lance, how are you doing pool rehab?
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Old 04-15-2006, 06:23 AM   #27
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I have a question for the people who had this injury. Did you sleep in the boot? My doc said it would be a good idea because there is a chance I could re-injure it when tossing/turning at night.

I don't toss and turn that much and have been just sleeping without the boot. That thing is huge and it twists my knee at night if I roll over, where as without the boot my ankle just turns with my body.
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Old 04-15-2006, 07:22 AM   #28
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