So the "lovely" confirmation to the pain I've had in the back of my right ankle for nearly three weeks is because I've done damage to my Achilles.
My question is, because my doctor has told me no unnecessary walking, rest up etc, should I be riding or not? Before being diagnosed, I was limping around on it, but up in the saddle at walk and trot there was no pain. As someone who already has a damaged right leg and is very used to pain and also expecting some, I was kind of surprised. I thought it must be because the full amount of weight is distributed differently than standing and walking myself, but at the trot I was certainly expecting at least some nagging from it and there was none.
Now diagnosed, I don't know what to do. I will be going to a physio and speak it over with him, and have arranged for my trainer at the gym to show me exercises I can do without damaging it further whilst it heals. I'm a busy university student who buses and walks everywhere. A typical day for me is getting up and going to the gym, then busing out to uni, attending lectures, and then after classes busing to my horses, walking about a 8-10 minute distance from said stop to paddock, and doing chores. After attending to the horses I then walk back to bus stop and have two buses to catch before I'm home. I also ride 2-3 times a week though on those days I have the car so less walking. As you can see I'm quite active and am struggling to find what is deemed "unnecessary" in among all that. Obviously I need to slow down, but a little sure on what to be doing.