I ruptured my Achilles four days ago. I've already had surgery to repair it. I'm told I have a long, long recovery ahead of me. Anyone else out there go through this? Any advice on how to heal faster, recover sooner? This injury has inspired me to go primal. I've already begun to change my diet, which admittedly was terrible for the past 3 years.
Also, one week before my injury I had switched to Vibram 5 fingers for running. Only did 2 short 1 mile runs. I have tight gastrocnemius/soleus/Achilles from years of cycling. Do you think I set my tendon up for trauma by going barefoot? I hope not b/c I loved the feel of running barefoot.
Ouch! I am so sorry. I had a wicked bout of Achilles tendinitis in both ankles a few years back and it was agony. I'd listen to your surgeon's advice and also maybe see a sports injury specialist for recovery and rehabilitation advice.
[QUOTE=Mlobanoff;899197] I have tight gastrocnemius/soleus/Achilles from years of cycling. Do you think I set my tendon up for trauma by going barefoot? Thanks[/QUOTE]
first off, sorry about your injury. that really sucks. secondly, welcome to the forum.
now to the meat of it... you already answered your own question. it wasn't the barefoot running that hurt you. it was the years of cycling (and apparent lack of attention on flexibility and mobility). i remember reading or seeing somewhere that it takes something like 4000lbs of force to tear an achilles, and that it is a totally unnatural injury. but the unnatural/unusual tightness that modern people have is the cause of the tears. anyway...look in to doing things like yoga (once you heal) and follow sites like mobilitywod. a little bit of prehab mobility work goes a long way. good luck