4 months after re-op

January 12, 2012

Like a lot of people, I have been lax on updating my blog.  I went to 2-shoes and then started thinking of other things.  In my case, I found a new job and moved.  When I first interviewed at my new employer, I arrived on clutches (PWB).  Of course, they were loath to ask me what was the problem but I explained that it was an ATR.

For the last few weeks because of the move, I have not been able to follow a rehab plan other than packing and un-packing boxes, taking the dog for a walk and doing a quick electrical stimulation program.  Recently I found a new physical therapist, and she is concerned about my limp.  I am really trying to work on that now with various exercises - thinking about rhythm and knee and toe position etc.  The general weakness and lack of flexibility in the injured leg makes it especially difficult to walk with any speed, and to descend stairs.  What I also notice at this stage is that after an hour or two of sitting, my tendon becomes quite stiff.  Another minor problem is the painful heel rubbing that I get in snug-fitting shoes.  I took J Diaz’s advice (from myachillesrupture.com) and bought some Vibram five fingers shoes.  They are great for working on the walking exercises but they do rub the back of my heel.

One Response to “4 months after re-op”

  1. normofthenorth Says:

    I have a tip that should solve your difficulty descending stairs!

    I outlined it recently at achillesblog.com/kristin123/2011/12/29/5-month-funk/ , and I can also paste it here. (I should really put it on MY blog, to make it easier to steer people to it — maybe tomorrow!)

    “Basically, instead of always leading with your “bad” foot then catching up with your “good” one, do this:
    When it’s time to lead with your “bad” foot, instead of putting it deep on the step, so it’s on the flat stair, plant it so it’s around half on and half off the stair. Your heel will be securely planted on the solid step, but the ball of your foot and your toes will be sticking out, over air. Start with your weight on your heel, of course. Then step PAST that step with your “good” foot, while you ROLL or ROCK or PIVOT your “bad” foot around the “nose” or corner of the step it’s on.

    You don’t ever have to flex your ankle at all! That’s why this can be done in a fixed boot, too. But that rocking pivoting motion can support your weight just fine while you finish the step.

    If this move seems too scary at first, you can break it down into two steps at first: Plant your “bad” foot as above, then catch up with the “good” foot (leaving the “bad” foot half on, half off), then step down ANOTHER step with the “GOOD” foot. If you can do that, you can do the whole smooth, symmetrical, “normal” stair walk.”

    Try it, perfect it, enjoy it! I hope it works as well for you as it has for me and a bunch of others here. If so, pass it on, tell your friends with ankle problems, etc.!