8 and 9 months post-op

9 months out. I wish I could say that I’m back to feeling somewhat normal, but I’m not. This is the reason I haven’t posted any updates to this blog because I really don’t have any. Anytime I’ve tried to run outside, I’m finding soreness and swelling that bothers me for a day or so. Combine that with work and wearing 20-30 lbs of gear for a 12 hour shift, and I’m not able to make any progress. I’m thinking that I may have returned to full duty too soon. My work is inhibiting my recovery.

I was getting to the gym 2-3 days a week where I would stretch/walk-jog/ lift weights and do exercises for more mobility. I even started doing some harder – short sprint type runs on the indoor track at the gym. But even with that, I’ve never felt normal. I always feel that lump on my achilles that doesn’t seem to go away. More recently I went for a 3 mile run at around 7:40 pace and the next day I was sore and swollen. I followed that up with a couple days at work and I started having trouble walking. I’m back to resting it again and not doing any gym time right now until I can start walk more smoothly. I didn’t think that at 9 months I could over do it! Another odd thing is that my calf is visibly smaller on my injured side which is expected, however, it actually seems to have gotten smaller – which I don’t understand.

I’m still holding onto hope that over the next three month and into my 1 year mark that I’ll start to come around and feel better. Right now, I’m frustrated and worried that this may be it. I hope that if I keep working at it, that I’ll be able to recover to close to 100%. I’d like to see more positive results though. I have to re-focus and get back to stretching and working out consistently.

One Response to “8 and 9 months post-op”

  1. This recovery is very up and down as you know. Try this:

    Barefoot. 10 bilateral raises toes straight out. Very slow controlled motion. Hold at top. Immediately do another 10 with toes out. Another 10 toes in. Again, all very slow.

    Do 3 sets straight leg, 3 sets knees bent. More if you’re able.

    I just started focusing on volume and squeezing in slow controlled motion. It’s done wonders in two weeks. I hit them every other day. Truly, big change in size and strength.

    This recovery requires we stay diligent. We HAVE to constantly mix it up.

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