Nov 23 2013

Recovery update

Published by bambam at 9:23 am under Uncategorized

Well I’m afraid apologies are in order. No sooner have I been given the freedom of two shoes then I desert you all and stop posting. Apologies, I’ve posted an update below

Well wow, what a last 5 months I’ve had.

First of all my AT is fine with no signs of re rupture which I’m really happy about. I’m back to work and into my sport again.

In terms of activity I still daren’t play squash yet as I’m still worried about the explosiveness of the sport and I did always say I’d give it until 2014 before I looked at playing again.

Work Update:                                                                                                                                                                                                               Got the boot off on the Monday. So turned up at work with crutches and the boot on at 8.30am, went to hospital and came back with the boot off at 1pm. By 3pm I was booked on a flight to Egypt on the Wednesday! Word of warning, my swelling was still there around my foot and ankle for a good few months after boot off and I didn’t wear compression socks during my flight! I could barely get my shoe on when we got there!

Sports update:-

Running (well jogging, I’m so slow some of these power walkers would overtake me!)  - is ok although, even now, I can still feel the tightness when I’m out.

Cycling - no problems, have been doing 15Kms with no concerns just the inevitable stiffness the day after.

Football - fine although just with my kids! not competitive!

Cricket - didnt make it back in time for the end of season so I’m hoping to be ok for next year (it’ll be 14 months since ATR by then)

Golf - Me “Doctor when my boot comes off will I be able to play golf?                                                                                               Doctor “Yes you should be able to play”                                                                                                                                         Me “Brilliant I was rubbish before my ATR!”                                                                                                                               Rumpumpum!                                                                                                                                                                             Seriously though, it’s fine and I can manage the twisting and turning during my swing and the walking up and down hills, where your AT can be put under strain, is fine too.

When my boot came off I was booked to see the physio at hospital every two weeks which to be honest was a bit of a waste of time. She would have me on the cross trainer machine for 5 mins then bouncing up and down on one leg on a trampoline for 5 mins then some balancing. At one point she even had me running in circles around her in the physio department. I felt like a horse!! Anyway I attended for a few months but as my AT started getting stronger I missed one appointment through work, then just never got round to rebooking it and have never been back since.

I still do my lunges and can still feel my left AT is not as strong or supple as my right. I’ve also got a much smaller calf muscle on my left but its slowly getting built back up again. If I’m honest I do a few stretches every day but not for long. I’ve still got a bit of scar tissue behind my calf and at the base of my AT but I’ve just felt it and it is gradually getting smaller.

Well thats it for now. I’m on the mend!

Thoughts are with you all that are still holed up with casts or boots on, you’ll get well soon.

Happy recoveries everyone.

BamBam

4 Responses to “Recovery update”

  1. thelifechangingpopon 25 Nov 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. micah1on 25 Nov 2013 at 10:07 pm

    BamBam!! How great to hear from you, we were wondering what had become of you. Great to hear about your recovery and I hope the golf is coming along (Hahaha!!). Sorry you didn’t enjoy the physio, I got such a lot out of my sessions at the lower limb gym, possibly because I actually did all the excercises in one session, where as at home I do some, then get distracted by the chores, then do some more…..etc.
    Glad you’re on the mend! Micah

  3. Ronon 26 Nov 2013 at 1:51 am

    Nice update and good luck.
    Ron

  4. Ross Stewarton 28 Nov 2013 at 11:14 am

    Hi Bambam

    Great to see you back. Just a quick question. I did mine on the 6Nov playing badmington. Had the op on the 12 Nov and now have the dreaded boot on. Pain has all but gone now but still not walking without the aid of crutches.

    I am a road race cyclist and am hating the fact that I cant get back on the bike (just yet) I have fitted another boot with one of my sho cleats in prep for the day when I can get oback onto the turbo trainer and start to spin again. When you say you can bike 15Km was that at the five month stage? could you go further? is there any pain at all from your calf or AT when you cycle? I am aiming to get back on the bike end of January and start putting some big miles in again by the end of April? before the Op I was covering a couple of hundred miles a week with a long ride of 100 mile on a Saturday or Sunday. I hope to get back to this by the 6 month stage at least.

    I have a target in June that I will not miss. Five of us are cycling through Spain and Portugal 626 miles over 5 days.

    Please let me know how you felt on a bike at 3 months, 4months and five months I cant seem yo find anyone who is a keen cyclist that has done their AT?? help? What do you think? Forgot to mentiion I am a very determined Scotsman and will crawl to Portugal on my hands and knees if need be.

    Aye

    Ross

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