Achilles Update: A Quick Word About “The Pain”

It's funny: I've been talking to a few people about my injury. Some folks are fine to hear what it feels like while others can’t even bare the thought of it. Many folks believe that rupturing your Achilles tendon is the most painful experience ever. It’s not. Yes, it’s painful. However, I've injured myself playing other sports (i.e. rugby) and didn’t find the pain nearly as bad. For example, I tore my ACL when I was 15 years old while playing hockey. That was excruciatingly painful. When I was 23 years old, I suffered a severely twisted ankle. That hurt. A lot.

Yes, a ruptured Achilles tendon hurts. But it’s not as bad as you'd think.