Nearly there, I hope…

Hi all, it’s been some time since I’ve posted, but things are progressing slowly.
Approximately 4 weeks ago exercises became more intense, including jumping and a bit of running. Two weeks ago, I managed to run quite a bit and do some really intense jumping exercises before and after. While it was okay at that time, it took a very long time to recover. Ever since my tendon feels sore during longer walks. Seems to get better again though. So, we’ll see if there’s any advice of my PT tomorrow, and try and take it easy.
It is taking a bit too long in my opinion, and because of the slight pain I currently experience I am not sure if it will be over soon…
good luck everyone!

4 Comments »

  1. runnerwannabe Said,

    July 17, 2011 @ 9:47 pm

    It’s exciting to hear that you actually are running and jumping!! That sounds great! Very encouraging. Right now, I just want to walk :) I am at 6 weeks post op and I do walk around the house a little , but am afraid out in public. I always put my boot back on and use my crutch. It’s so good to hear you are doing so good!!! Hang in there. We all just have to have hope that we will get back to normal some day!!

  2. normofthenorth Said,

    July 18, 2011 @ 1:19 am

    Anne, at about the same time as you were, post-op on my first ATR, I grossly over-did on 1-leg heel raises, and literally set my rehab back an entire month! The pain didn’t start immediately, but after a few hours I knew I’d blown it. Just before overdoing, I’d finally been able to walk perfectly in bare feet for the first time, and was ready to ditch the hinged boot forever. Instead, in more pain than I’d had throughout the injury and the recovery, I went back into the boot until I could walk normally without a sharp pain behind my heel (where the AT connects to the heel bone).

    I’m not suggesting you did exactly what I did, but it is possible to injure that recovering leg “system” by overdoing, even 15 or 20 weeks post-whatever, and recovering from that overstress injury can take some time. It’s possible that staying just barely below the pain threshold will work OK, but it’s also possible that you’ll be stuck with a chronic problem that surfaces whenever you push hard. My approach (though admittedly there was some constant pain involved) was to back off a bunch, until it clearly felt like my leg had forgiven me for being an idiot, and it’s been great ever since (~9.5 yrs and counting).

    Good luck!

  3. julesjames Said,

    August 18, 2011 @ 4:28 pm

    Hey Anne, how is that ATR now hopefully feeling strong and pain free. I have been holding myself back on the squash side and not training too hard. I had a scare the other day after 47 mins training i went to strike the ball and planted my foot …… it just felt … odd. So stopped and walked off court. Rested for a couple of days. Then had another training session. I was so scared it was going to rupture. It didnt thank god but it did make me go and seek help.

    I decided to find a decent private PT. Found a really good sports physio in our club who set me up with a great program to rebuild my body. Without realising it we have been compensating for the injured leg through out our whole body and we have to re educate the muscles to bring us back to alignment. He treats loads of top athletes and explained that everyone fears damaging the healing tendon but actually there’s a greater risk of injury on the other leg from over compensation. Usually a ham string for footballers.

    So maybe a good idea to get your PT to check you out. I sat on a large ball in front of a mirror back straight feet on the ground Just lift one leg of the ground by 5 cm. Watch the line of your hips. They should stay horizontal. Usually when you lift the injured foot up the body leans demonstrating the imbalance.

    Cheers Jules

  4. anne33 Said,

    August 18, 2011 @ 4:44 pm

    Hi James,
    Well, no cheering yet… Still get pain if I start running or jumping, so still have to wait with that. Experienced a lot of compensation, when a got for a long beach walk this weekend, ending up with a sore hip on the other side ;) Well, got the tendon checked out by echography last monday, and it looked thick, but fine. The strength is still not okay, as when I try to stand tiptoes on the injured foot I can’t hold it on the very top, and this PT told me I had to get that first.
    And he also told me that it would be much more likely that it would take 9-12 months to recover enough for sports than the 6 or less months I had hoped for. So I am definately going to ask about the compensation part, thanks for that tip.
    Hope you will do fine, but think it’s a good idea to take it easy for a little bit more. Eventually we will be up and running :)
    good luck,
    anne

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