OK, so end of May I fell while 6 ft up an 8 foot ladder while I was trimming some limbs with a pole saw. Front ladder leg sank into the ground, ladder went one way, I went another. When I landed I thought I might have fractured my left fibula, so I want to the ER (where I work) and had an xray done. No fracture (yeah!) but my ankle was swollen so we figured it was a bad sprain. Worked my next 2 work cycles (7 on/7off) and each day it was swollen and tender, but got better at night after I was off it. SWMBO kept telling me to see an ortho, I kept saying it was going to be OK (she was right, I was wrong…)
While diving into the pool from the pool deck at the end of June I felt/heard a pop in the back of my ankle and a bunch of pain. Got out of the pool, and could still walk, but back of ankle hurt like hell.
Saw ortho (finally – 6 days later) on 6/30 and got diagnosis of ruptured Achilles tendon. Surgical repair 7/2 and have been in a boot with NO weight bearing from then until about 2 weeks ago.
Finally able to get around with ‘weight bearing as tolerated’ using either both or one crutch for the past
couple of weeks. Can now get by primarily with one crutch, (or none for short distances) and just returned to work today after being out for 7 and a half weeks!
Still in boot for next 5-6 weeks at least but have started doing some limited wt bearing without the boot in the pool using some floatation to keep some of the weight off the injured foot
TL:DR currently recovering post surgical repair of ruptured left Achilles tendon.