Today marks one year since I had the Achilles’ tendon repair surgery. Life has mostly returned to normal and I can do everything I was doing before the injury. I do get stiffness in the tendon area, but I actually get that on both legs even though it was only my left tendon that ruptured. And, thinking about it now, I realize that I had had stiffness in both tendons for a while. After sitting for a while, usually an hour or more, when I first stand up I can barely walk for about 10 seconds until it loosens up, and then it’s basically fine. But I can ride my bike, walk, sprint to catch a train, take stairs two at a time, and have even gone back to the ocean a couple times – which was the real leap of faith, since that’s how I injured it in the first place.
So for anyone who’s found themselves with a ruptured Achilles’ Tendon, I just want to let you know there’s life after. It definitely helped that I had a great doctor, great physical therapist, great wife and a great employer (who let me work from home for 2+ months after it happened) and great health insurance for support. But stick with it and hopefully you can expect a relatively normal life afterwards.
Video update I recorded last week in Central Park.