As mentioned in my Vacoped not holding vacuum post, I have recently been getting aches, pains and general odd feeling in the injured leg.
It came out of the blue one afternoon, after I’d spent the previous two days sat at my desk working (home office) for around 5 hours each day.
I’d been getting up and moving every hour or so, but only in the room and nothing to really stretch the legs.
The pain came on quite suddenly and it was like a severe cramp. I couldn’t stretch my leg out fully without the calf pulling and the tendon area felt just like it had ruptured once more.
After a couple of paracetamol the pain dropped and I returned to relative normality.
The following morning I woke and got out of bed only to have the same pain go searing up my leg. A few light stretches seemed to ease it. and on with the day I went.
The initial level of pain isn’t repeated that often now after a few days, but I do still get the tightness in my calf and a weird feeling like the Vacoped boot is pressing right into my achilles tendon.
After a bit of searching, it seems that this could all be connected with the tendon repairing itself and the tendon knitting to the calf.
With regards to the movement I have, I can wiggle my toes around a fair bit in the boot, and find myself pressing up with my foot to the degree that it stresses the velcro fasteners and makes the boot creak somewhat. This is mainly a reflex action as if my foot ‘has’ to do it - which is most odd.
I’m hoping that this pressure on the tendon won’t damage it, as it will be exurting the pressure it can, rather than being asked to cope with something it can’t - like a fall or trip etc.
On another note, it is looking like I will be staying with the NHS to look after me initially, as my private healthcare is quite likely to be too expensive for the cover I have. Aside from the fact that the consultant I have picked never seems to have a free moment to see me !
I’m due my next hospital visit on Tuesday and will update this then with the outome.