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    Default Partial achilles tear... am I crazy?

    Hi all.

    So, I just returned from the doctor and my Achilles tendon is (once again) partially torn/ruptured/whatever.

    I have a packed riding schedule for the rest of the month, including some shows on my young horse. Throwing someone else on him is not an option for a variety of reasons.

    My real question is, would riding without stirrups make my injury worse? The doctor told me to stay off it completely until I see the specialist guy (using crutches right now) but riding without stirrups can't bother it... right?

    Jingles are much appreciated, too. Gah, this could not come at a worse time.
    I've heard there's more to life than an FEI tent and hotel rooms, so I'm trying it.



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    Oh, noooooooo, Barn Rat, Noooooooooo!

    My guess is that riding alone won't bother it, but riding properly (heels down) would.

    Right or left leg?
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    I completely tore my achilles tendon many years ago - believe me when I say that you DO NOT want that to happen! Follow your Dr.'s advice regardless of how unpleasant it is or how inconvenient it might be. If your tendon ruptures completely, you will be out of commission for quite a while. Best of luck to you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheHorseProblem View Post
    Oh, noooooooo, Barn Rat, Noooooooooo!

    My guess is that riding alone won't bother it, but riding properly (heels down) would.

    Right or left leg?
    You're probably right. and it's my right leg, same leg as before. It's a re-tear... tore the same exact place two years ago. I'd never even consider working my horse if he tore something, yet it's a struggle for me to grasp why I shouldn't work myself with this. Barn rat mentality, much?
    I've heard there's more to life than an FEI tent and hotel rooms, so I'm trying it.



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    Well, if you do hop on, make sure you wear your helmet!
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    Ah, that is so frustrating!! I hope you heal soon, DD strained her Achilles tendon right before zone finals last fall. We had to balance her riding very carefully as far as how much she could do, and all of it up until the show was without stirrups. Just be warned she said that even riding without stirrups over fences still pulled on it pretty badly.

    There isn't anyone you trust to take some of your rides over? Surely someone would be willing to help with your load that is in the area. What about help with everything up to sitting in the saddle? Could you find an older or middle teen that would help groom and tack up for you so you don't have to use the foot until the second you get in the saddle?

    Jingles for a speedy recovery, but DO be careful not to make it worse, they seem to take longer and longer to heal every time DD strains one farther.
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    Having injured my achilles last summer and not stopping riding, I have been sufferering ever since with achilles tendonitis. Not pleasant. I have been going to an accupuncture md monthly, need to wear an ankle splint when I ride, use a compounded form of Diclofenac with Lidocaine daily,and still have some pain. I say follow your doctor's reccommendations.



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    The achilles is NOT a tendon you want to mess with!! The insertion point is WAAAY up behind the knee and you can put strain on it inadvertently without loading the tendon; riding without stirrups is one of those straining-but-not-loading activities. Ask me how I know

    If you've been through this before, you know how godawful a torn achilles can be. If I were you, I'd stay off of it all together; at the very least until you see your orthopedist and get a professional opinion. And unless you're doing the jumpers, showing without stirrups is usually not an option unless you get prior permission from a steward. Ask me how I know

    I may or may not have spent several weeks of HITS a few years back with only my right stirrup because I had ruptured the peroneous brevis and longus and was about 12 weeks out from reconstructive surgery and still couldn't load. My trainer warmed up my horses, I got on, jumped 2 jumps, and went in the ring. I didn't flat :P

    Best of luck for a speedy and non-surgical recovery, OP!!!
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    Jingles! That hurts!

    Agree to stay off it, at least until the specialist appointment.

    I cut mine as a teenager (faster to heal than a rupture, allegedly), and after I got my cast off (2 mos) was amazed by how painful all kinds of things that didn't directly stress it were. Like putting on clothes, etc., not to even mention weight bearing stuff.

    What my Dr emphasized too is that it is those quick lateral stresses that cause the biggest set-backs, so it's those moments you aren't prepared for. Your horse that spooks as you lead him into the barn or when you jump out of his way on x-ties. Or god forbid if you fell and couldn't protect it.

    All this was nearly 20 years ago now and I still have some lasting effects, so please please be careful with it!



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    Having had a similar injury, I'd heed the doc's advice. I injured mine about 11 years ago doing agility wtih a dog, and it still bothers me. PT sucked, the boot sucked, it still hurts regularly. Definitely be careful.

    FWIW, I read somewhere that the Achilles tendon is the second slowest tissue in the human body to regenerate/heal. I believe it.
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    I ruptured my achilles as well as a few supporting tendons when my saddle slipped under a bolting horse as an 11 year old. I don't actually know how exactly I got the injury because I passed out haha. I still have some days 10 years or so later when after a long show weekend putting weight in my stirrup hurts and my ankle is swollen like a football.

    However, as a crazy 11 year old I convinced my parents to still let me ride even though I could barely walk. Don't judge, I have a crazy family. :P What I did for the following 6 months was wrap my ankle with either a thin ace bandage or vet wrap to the point that it was immobile in a heels down position. I could only get on with a leg up and if I used a stirrup, which was just for shows, I always just rested weight on the ball of my big toe.

    In hindsight, maybe I should have been really protective about it since it sends pain up my leg if I land wrong while running or dismounting off a horse. But doctors have told me that just due to the nature of my specific injury it would most likely bug me when I do anything seriously straining on it, aside from the lack of care during the healing process.

    Honestly I think it is totally up to you. If I killed my ankle again I would probably do the same thing I did when I was 11. But nowadays I usually fall on my head so that could be my lack of brain cells talking.



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    Man Sorry to hear this.

    Im riding right now with a partial ACL tear and a tear to the medial meniscus (which I have already had fixed once) Not the same injury by any means, but I don't think it has been my BEST idea. I've been nursing it along (against doc orders) until the end of this season, but in hindsight I prob should have had the surgery.

    So what I think I'm saying is: Don't be stubborn like me!:wink grin:

    Good luck. Hope you heal quickly



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    Thank you all so much for the advice and well wishes, I really do appreciate it

    I'm very grateful that I have a horsey brother who's been helping me a TON around the barn... he even helped me teach a beginner lesson yesterday while I hobbled around on crutches. Kinda thinking I might try to hack my horse for a little today, or at least go see him and get my pony fix.

    I'm just so frustrated... why couldn't this have happened when my horse was laid up for a bit over the winter or something? We've worked SO hard to get to this point, and now I'M the one hurt! We're about to start doing the juniors at bigger A/AA shows and we're working hard towards GP... now that's all on the back burner until I heal.
    I've heard there's more to life than an FEI tent and hotel rooms, so I'm trying it.



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    *hugs* I know, it's very frustrating, but I also suggest just staying off it and letting it heal. My trainer got chucked into an oxer and broke her ankle pretty badly, and I don't think she ever went to the Dr because she knew he'd tell her not to ride... She got a big black moonboot thing and rode anyways but I know she regrets it. She's 100% now but she said especially after a really long day it can really hurt.
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    Been there done that. I had my doctor put me in a fibreglass cast, back far enough on the foot I could get the ball of my foot in the stirrup and then wrapped it in electric tape so from a distance it looked like a riding boot



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