Martha Stewart shocked her fans this week when the 79 year-old icon revealed that she had ruptured her Achilles tendon, and she required major surgery.

Stewart took to Instagram to reveal what happened to her fans.

“Not the prettiest photo nor the happiest back story,” she wrote alongside a photo of her bandaged-up leg. “Bad timing all around. Ruptured my Achilles’ tendon a while ago. Tried to get it to heal on its own to no avail. The great @drjohnkennedy @nyulangone performed a three hour operation yesterday to repair the damage.”

“Recuperating at home I have been ordered to lay still with leg elevated for two weeks,” she added. “After that another two to four weeks of crutches. Then maybe some more normal activity. Most such ruptures occur when dancing or playing sports. Mine was caused by a surprise step into a hole in the dark getting out of the car . Thank you NYU for attempting to make me whole again.”


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Other celebrities offered their support to Stewart in the comments section of the post.

“Your [sic] still so sexy !!! so so so sexy!” Drew Barrymore commented, with chef Geoffrey Zakarian adding, “Oh my dear!!! so sorry for that ! get well soon.”

“Glad to hear you are on your way to a full recovery !!! Lots of love from your favorite fake doctor ❤️,” commented “Grey’s Anatomy” star Ellen Pompeo. Stewart replied by comically saying, “@ellenpompeo so doctor what do you recommend?”

Stewart may be turning 80 next month, but she is still as glamorous as ever. Last summer, she went viral when she posted a sultry photo of herself at the edge of her pool at her home in East Hampton.


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“I took a pool selfie photo by mistake,” she explained to People Magazine. “I was trying to take a picture of the beautiful turquoise planter at the end of the pool, but the camera was on me, so I just snapped it. It looked so good, so I posted it.

“I didn’t know what a ‘thirst trap’ was, but now I do,” she continued. “Now I’m looking for the next thirst trap. I love doing those promiscuous, provocative things, because it’s just fun.”

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