First week without brace

This monday i had my first PT appointment. She was very nice, and is an experienced sports physiotherapist. She was a bit confused that I had not had surgery, but she would have a look into it and was pretty satisfied with my progress. Also with the fact that I did not exactly do what the dotors had told me to do, about keeping the brace on at all times and no exercises. She told me to fully ditch the brace and start the balancing on the injured leg some times during the day, and to do excentric heel raise exercises. Because i did not have surgery, it looks like my insurance won’t cover more than 6 appointments, whereas after surgery a whole year is covered. But they would have a look into that too, and otherwise I will just see how things are going and take PT as long as needed and pay it myself. Next week it will be the second appointment at that will probably be a bit more active.

So I did all the exercises, walking is improving every day, and I can easily drive my car. The calf muscle is getting better in shape so that looks good too. In a few days I will try my bike without my brace on, I think that will be okay because of the nice bike lanes around and all drivers that are used to stupid people on bikes in Holland.

I can even wear my normal shoes again, with a small heel lift inside, so that I can wear other clothes than jeans to match the hiking boots… It is all more than I expected after reading all horror stories. The only thing is that I probably won’t be allowed to play tennis or other sports for the next 15 weeks or so. But after this I will probably manage that too.


  1. suthrnman Said,

    April 5, 2011 @ 7:57 pm

    Interesting that the PT and the doc seem to have such different understandings about the non-surgical option. I too am non-surgical and am encouraged by your good progress. Keep it up and also keep letting us know of your progress.

  2. normofthenorth Said,

    April 6, 2011 @ 2:52 am

    Sounds great, Anne. If you talk to your insurance people, do impress upon them the many THOUSANDS of dollars in hospital and OR costs that you saved them by not having the surgery. The least they can do (IMHO) is to spare a few HUNDREDS of those dollars to buy you some PT!

    The timing of our return to high-AT-risk sports (like tennis) is somewhat variable, partly because some of us can take it easy and others can’t let those drop shots bounce twice!

    My conservative surgeon from 2001 (first ATR) gave me a conservative rule of thumb: No scary sports until I can do a bunch of good 1-leg heel raises without grunting! (I’m expecting to break that rule this time, because my 1-leg heel raises are resisting getting “good”. But first I have to do some cardiac rehab, another long story. . . see my blog page for details!)

  3. bob g Said,

    April 7, 2011 @ 2:47 pm

    Hello all- I also did not have surgery and just today got the boot off. I’ll take any and all info on what to expect moving forward. How long before it felt normal to walk on the injured leg?

    I’m a very big guy- so if there are any things I should be doing, please let me know. Here’s wishing all quick recoveries.

  4. anne33 Said,

    April 7, 2011 @ 3:06 pm

    @norm: thnx, I hope they will pay, we’ll see and I’ll try to convince them if they hesitate…
    @bob: I’ve been a week without my cast now, and I must say that I don’t walk very normal, especially not today after riding my bike to work. That was maybe not the best idea ever. The foot is a bit unstable an wobbly on the pedal, but that will probably get better, and I am alo wondering when that will be :). But in general it is progressing though, and many experts tell me just to be patient and do the excercises… Good luck!

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