Almost 6 wks post op

So with the holidays I wasn’t able to give an update after my 5 week post op last Tuesday.  I first had some PT with DaRinda and then my appointment with Dr. Askew.  PT went really well, and my foot can get to neutral!  90 degrees is a great thing!  :)  My appointment with Dr. Askew also went well–he said it is looking perfect and as good as possible 5 weeks after surgery and there was no scar tissue build up (awesome!).  He also commented that is why he likes early movement in such surgeries as scar buildup is less likely.  I told him DaRinda said I was neutral, which he said was good but said I shouldn’t try to go any further quite yet.  He said DaRinda might try some light strengthening this coming week, too.  I asked how long before the tendon is actually healed, and he said anywhere from 8 to 12 weeks, with 12 weeks when you are usually pretty good to go (aside from gaining flexibility, mobility and strength back).  So 1/2 done with being very careful, and then who knows how long of being just plain careful!

I also asked about my crutches, as I had been cheating a little at home and not using them often.  He said “oh sure, you don’t have to use them anymore unless you want to” which was also pretty cool.  That being said, I have been crutch free since last Wednesday–sometimes the AT gets a little tender and ankle sore from moving more than it has in a month, but overall it is not too bad.  I still have 2 heel lifts for the time being, but may go to one this week.  I still walk slowly and with an obvious hitch in my gait.  Funny, what actually hurts is the bottom of my heel because of the heel lifts–the things are like standing on little mini cinder blocks!!

Happy holidays to all and I hope all ATR recoveries are moving along nicely.

2 Responses to “Almost 6 wks post op”

  1. Let me understand clearly…you are 5 weeks post op and you don’t use crutches???
    I am 5.5 weeks post op and I am told I must be on crutches till at least Week 7. Also, I have not been RX any PT. Was yours a serious rupture according to doc?

  2. Yeah, dumped the crutches at 5 wk 1 day…a little sore those first couple of days but doing well now, at 7.5 weeks. I can walk with just a small limp, and still use one heel lift on my bad leg, with that hopefully gone next week. I had a complete rupture, with a gap of about 1 cm between the two pieces of what was my right Achilles. Doc said it was a fairly clean tear; that may have helped?

    In any case he was agressive–full splint/wrap for 1 week (then staples removed), top-side removable splint for wks 2-3, then straight to 2 heel lifts with 1 or 2 crutches as necessary, then dropped the crutches at 5 wks. My PT (2x per week) has been primarily therapuetic massage, with the last 2 wks including 20 min on bike and leg presses.

    Here is a link to a slightly more aggressive study, with good results:
    http://www.isakos.com/abstracts/abstract_view.aspx?absid=1112

    I think it really depends on the comfort level of the surgeon and your own willingness. It has worked for me and a few others on the board. Good luck!

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