Lee here, hope you’re well.
Yep, if you read the title of the blog, that’s exactly what happened.
Last Tuesday (September 12th) I snapped my achilles.
I was playing racquetball (maybe for about 20 minutes) and when I was running for the ball I heard this very loud “bang”. The next thing I knew I was on the floor.
Not knowing what happened I said to my friend “did I hit somthing?” thinking that I had hit the wall. He said no, he just heard a noise and looked around seeing me on the floor.
Anyway, I just thought I must have fell, until I tried to get up. That was when I couldn’t feel my right foot. I felt the back of my left leg (and felt my achilles), I felt the back of my right leg – NO Achilles.
I knew straight away what had happened especially with the loud bang I had heard just before I fell.
When I eventually got up, there was zero feeling in my foot.
Luckily I was somewhere that had a wheelchair (a leisure centre).
My friend drove me to the hospital straight afterwards and sure enough after bloods taken, X-ray checked – the achilles snapped (ruptured).
So, now in a cast and on crutches, it looks like surgery may be on the cards very soon.
It does mean, unfortunately, that there won’t be any crazy adventure races / challenges anytime soon.
Oh and I just hope that it’s not because of the first reason on the Bupa Website that this happened to me lol (below):
There are certain things that can put you at greater risk of rupturing your Achilles tendon. These include:
- getting older
- having tendinopathy (damage to your tendon, usually from overuse)
- not warming up properly
- doing more exercise than you’re used to or increasing the amount you do too quickly
Anyway, just to wrap up, I wanted to let everyone know, just incase we were going to be arranging any face to face meetings anytime soon (as this won’t be happening for a few months due to no travelling).
Look after yourselves folks and have a great week.