How Long After My Achilles Tendon Rupture Till I Walked?

A set of crutches.
A set of crutches. 

To give some context to this question. I'll go into my story really quick. My first Achilles tendon rupture (left foot), happened in 2010. I was playing squash with a family member, and I ruptured it during the game. My second Achilles tendon rupture (right foot), happened in 2017. I was playing basketball with a group of kids at the YMCA, and I ruptured it lunging forward to get the ball.

In saying that, the time from when I ruptured my Achilles tendon, to when I started taking my first couple of steps out in the real world, was a minimum of six months to a year, and that's just barely getting by. It took much longer, about two years in total, to get me back to walking.

My Achilles Tendon Ruptures (the long story)

Here are My Mistakes that Prolonged My Walking.

1. I was too anxious to get better. All I wanted to do was get back to work. I didn't want to sit in my bed with a boot on, with a bunch of T3s, and do nothing all day.

So, that's what I did. I started to get up too early, and that pretty much prolonged the healing process.

2. I did not go to physiotherapy on my left Achilles tendon rupture, simply because I didn't think I had to. That was a big mistake. I should have gone to Physio. I did learn my lesson on my right rupture and went as soon as I was able to go. After a few sessions of physiotherapy, I realized my calf muscles were knotted up, and the Achilles tendon needed to be massaged to help with flexibility, blood flow, comfort, and all that stuff. Happy I went. 

Why I stopped walking 10,000 steps a day

So How's It Going Now? (2022) 

Well, the bitter reality of my truth is, I have to babysit both Achilles tendons and my calves whenever I do walking. The other bitter truth is, I stopped all lunging sports that I loved such as basketball, volleyball, and badminton.

I basically cut all those sports out so I don't rupture anything. Seriously, who wants to sit there for another six months in a bed with a boot on and have T3s again, not me.

I walked a 21 km half marathon, here are the deatails.