No matter what your age, sport, or skill level, no one wants to hear that they have an Achilles injury. A rupture can be incredibly painful; Some individuals report that it feels like they are constantly been kicked in the leg. Others find it difficult to make complete steps, and that limits their ability to be mobile in the ways they need and are used to. I see a fair share of Achilles ruptures here in New York, but the condition happens around the country. When an Achilles injury happens, it can be discouraging. Just ask NBA basketball players.
After one popular player suffered an Achilles injury, and he found himself in a negative place. According to NBC Sports, the first step in his recovery was overcoming the mental roadblock. As he healed in his home, his supporters rallied around him and played recorded footage of him at the top of his game. He reported that watching the film reminded him of what he could continue to do after healing — and it helped him push on.
This single anecdote is a great reminder that having a positive outlook can truly impact how quickly and well we heal after an injury. Your support system can help you remember your end goal: getting back to the game. If you are growing frustrated after your diagnosis, don’t forget to lean on others for support. This could be your friends, family, coworkers, teammates, or even your physical therapist and medical staff. You always have someone rooting for you!
On the flip side, some pro athletes find moderate exercise to be helpful during recovery. It might even come from surprise sources, like spin biking or swimming, that aren’t always part of a daily routine. And, sometimes, having a change of pace is just what your body needs to re-energize and start healing. It’s amazing how well our bodies are able to adapt to new situations and challenges, and experimenting with less stressful, but still powerful, forms for moving can be exciting and even fun.
Of course, it’s never smart to push your body before it is completely healed. That’s why slower-paced activities that place less pressure on key joints and ligaments are essential when it comes to staying in shape while focusing on recovery. If you’re intimidated about trying yoga, rowing, or other other low-impact activities, as a friend or loved one to join you! If you are struggling to come up with activity that is suitable for your situation, ask your physical therapist to help you think of the solution.
There’s a lot we can learn from those around us who have gone through injuries and came out on the recovery side. If you were finding yourself dealing with an Achilles injury, know that you are not alone, and you too can have a success story!