bballmatt’s AchillesBlog

Your “Other” Leg

April 4, 2012 · 2 Comments

The first few days on crutches I wobbled, swung my arms (and the crutches) wildly, twisted to the ground while trying to maneuver onto the john, and overall struggled to adapt. After a few days, my body adjusted and I cruised around the house like a bionic man. I returned to work last week and am traveling greater distances on crutches. A few times, I roamed outside the office for a few blocks for a bite to eat. During those treks, I started to feel winded, and my good leg was soar for a little bit afterwards, which is expected. The Achilles in my good leg felt a little sore as well, but I couldn’t tell if I was just creating this mentally. I am in the cast and will use crutches for another week.

Which brings me to the point of this post: For those on crutches or who have moved past crutches, how is/did your “good” leg hold up? Experience any soreness in that Achilles while using crutches and exerting the healthy leg with more weight and stress than it’s accustomed? Any danger in seriously stressing the other Achilles while using only one leg?

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2 responses so far ↓

  • jenniferanderson // Apr 4th 2012 at 7:28 pm

    It has been 2 weeks and a day since my surgery. Yesterday was the first time I ventured out on my own (my doc said to keep my leg elevated the first 2 weeks). I didn’t walk very far but man was I winded. My Achilles was sore last night and still is today. I’ve been worried about it so I’m anxious to see what others have to say.

  • Janus // Apr 4th 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Not soreness in the Achilles for me, but the boot with heel wedges can throw off your natural alignment. So you might feel some strain on the knee, hip or groin area of your good leg. You’re using it to balance and stablize much more than before.

    While on crutches, think I also had some minor extra tightness or pain in the good leg’s hip area if I was out and about for any time and distance.

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