Grrrrr! Ruptured achilles!

1 week 3 days ago #31259 by kwolfe
Needless to say I'm not a happy camper. 3 weeks ago I was out cruising around on my Hamboard longboard (yup, 43 and skating, I know). Push off hard with my left foot and felt the POP! At first I thought "well this is going to require ice". Then when I tried to take a step and my foot wouldn't work I thought "well this is going to require an ER visit".

So I'm one week post op now and still non weight bearing for about one more week. Then back to the damn cam walker boot for 8-10 weeks. Needless to say this sucks.

However, I AM NOT giving up paddling! I just tried the cam boot and it will just barely fit in the split footwell of my OC1. So at least I can paddle that. I haven't pulled down my Nelo 550 however that footwell looks to narrow at the bottom to fit the boot and my right foot. I can still use my Speedstroke Erg but its just not nearly as good as the water.

Anyone ever have to deal with this? I was thinking about possibly making my over fiberglass splint for paddling. One that will keep my foot pointed (which is what the boot is doing.

Oh and by the way. For guys getting to my age, older or whoever.......stretch those calves, take a yoga class or something. This is definitely frustrating.

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1 week 3 days ago #31261 by tve
Ughhh, that sounds very frustrating indeed! I don't have any sage advice but thanks for the warning!

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1 week 1 day ago #31282 by WingSuit
How you gonna steer? Gotta give you credit for commitment though. Unless you are already a perfect specimen though, one thing you can do is use this time to fine tune or even remake yourself physically if needed. Core and upper body can be worked with a boot on. Back, triceps, you know paddling muscles. Written by a guy whose has had 12 surgeries.

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6 days 21 hours ago #31302 by kwolfe
Well not perfect, but before the accident, I was going to the gym 5 times per week and paddling 4 times per week so at least I have a decent strength base. Going back to the Dr day today to have the splint cast removed. Its been 2 weeks since surgery and I must admit things feel good. No pain in the ankle at all.

When I has my first appointment, I showed the Dr a video from the Speedstroke website and he said it should be fine for me to to get back on the erg so that's good.

As far as steering goes I have two options in my OC1. Go rudderless like a Tahitian boat or connect the left peddle to the back on the right one and steer both ways with my right foot. Would just need to add a strap so I could pull it back to go left.

Needless to say, I'm not quitting. My love for paddling will far outweigh any roadblocks I might encounter.

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