I was an active/ competitive basketball player in high school and university but I played a lot less since I started working. Basically a weekend warrior.
I usually play 2-3 times of pick up games now. Recently after a very light game, I was just walking and heard and felt a snap on my ankle. It feels like someone kicked me from behind or my ankle was hit by a ball. But no one was around me. I was surprised because I didn't fall, or slip or twisted my ankle.
Is achilles tendon the only thing around the ankle that would have caused that? What if one of the joint ligaments is torn, would it also cause this "snapping" feeling or sound?
After a surgery is done, is casting for 6 weeks to let the tendon heal a better approach? I heard from some Dr and Physiotherapist that the advanced method is not to cast, but instead, they put patients on a removable brace so the patient does not lose flexibility and strength in other unrelated joints, tendon, ligaments. In addition, physiotherapy treatments can start 2 days after the surgery. They believe (or their study shows) this will help to yield better recovery and maximize the strength and flexibility after the rehab is done. If so, would the cast actual hurts for recovering to a level for someone to play competitive sports again?
Can someone with achille tendon rupture heal fully? or close to fully?
I would appreciate if you can share your opinion if you have the expertise and/ or experience with this type of injuries.
Asked by Chris ankle - 2 answers - 8 years 15 weeks ago