Category: Diary

The Cast

When I woke from Achilles tendon surgery, I had a heavy bandage (a compressive¬† Robert Jones dressing to be technical). The nerve block was working well, so I could neither feel nor move any of my toes. When the feeling did finally come back, we went to the cast room, where I got my first…

Achilles Tendon Surgery

Achilles tendon surgery is one of the most common options if you have a ruptured Achilles tendon. There’s controversy over whether surgery is the best option. Some studies show that using a cast without surgery gets some people up and around faster, while other studies show that re-rupturing is more common without surgery. Since Achilles…

Meeting the Doctor

I have learned over the years that the quality of physicians is as variable as the quality of any other profession, and getting a bad one can make for a really bad day (or lifetime). Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, has become my “go to” place for all of my problems outside of the usual…

The Injury: An Achilles Tendon Tear

Like most of my injuries, the Achilles tendon tear came about in…unusual circumstances. I had been having some problems with the tendon and pain, some days it would be fine and then some days I could barely walk on it. A workup by an Ortho Doctor at the Mayo Clinic showed, among other things calcification…

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