10 months after Achilles surgery & haglunds deformity repair I’ve completed my first race back. A half marathon in 2:05. Significantly slower than pre surgery but it felt amazing to run a race again!
Dr wasn’t kidding when he said it takes a loooooong time to get back to full strength. I’d say I’m about 90% back. Longest run so far is 10 miles(done 3xs). Weekly running mileage hovers around 30mpw. Still don’t have the speed I use to(yet) buy running around 9′ per mile is pretty comfortable. Still religious about icing after runs. No longer feel the need to wear a compression sock everyday too. I still wouldn’t feel comfortable playing, say, a game of basketball as I’m not super confident in sharp movements off the right leg. But daily tasks are no longer a problem. For many months I regretted having the surgery but Im finally at a point where I’m thankful I did it.
I can finally do a SL Calf raise! Therefore running is getting a tad more comfortable. Still haven’t gone above 6 miles at a 10min pace. Periodically I’ll add some strides at a low 8 min pace. Still getting a bit of Peroneal tendon irritating. Making sure I ice and massage daily as well. They weren’t kidding when they said this would take time!
4 months out and boy has this surgery taught me alot about patience! I’m up to 4 miles of running. I’m doing it every other day as I’m pretty sore the next day. Seeing my PT once a week and I do the strengthening and flexibility work on my own daily. Still can’t do single leg calf raise on the repaired Achilles but its getting stronger daily. Have to stop a couple times during my runs to stretch it out some too. Slowly my speed and confidence in it is coming back! Onward and upward!
Up to 2.25. Miles of running. Its humbling running as slow as I am(11:29 min pace) but goodness does it feel good. Achilles felt tight and obviously not as strong as the other but Im trying to have solid form. Ice is my best friend right now!
109 days post Achilles debridement /haglunds deformity surgery and I just ran ONE friggin mile!! A “slow” pace of 12:39 but my goodness it felt absolutely incredible!! Easily one of the happiest days of my life!!
Pt says I can commence to run till I can walk at 4mph with zero pain and good biomechanics. I walked 2 miles to the gym today at 3.7-3.9mph. Feel like I’m almost there. My Achilles is sore as I write this from the workout earlier but I think I still have a realistic shot at running ONE mile on my birthday, March 28th. Oh and I’m signed up for a full marathon on Sept 11 so I have to get my sh*t together by then!
I’m getting awfully frustrated. I’m working my ass off every day in the gym and at pt. Spending an obscene amount of time stretching and trying to loosen up the top of the ankle. But still have a very small limp in my step. Still not driving off thr forefoot when I walk. I know I need to be able to walk normal/pain free before I can even attempt to start running. My goal has been sto slowly start by end of this month. But its getting so freaking frustrating not seeing huge improvements on a daily basis.
Progress is going great. Pt twice a week and I do strengthening stuff at gym lately. My goal right now is to fully be able to walk without a little limp and completely pain free. Once I can do that (hopefully within next couple weeks max) pt will let me begin a introducing running. Pt says thr stiffness in toe is is the issue. So doing tons of stretching on toe. Any tips on improving flexibility in toe?
Week 11 and incision is nicely healed! OS said I could resume PT. Cant get in till next Monday but hit the gym and dide band work, standing BW calf raises, seated calf raises with weight of only machine, AND 15mins of Elliptical type machine with another 10mins of intervals on stationary bike! It felt glorious!! I am determined to start jogging by end of march and start full marathon training type running by May! Things are finally looking up!!