Week 10

October 4th, 2016

My rupture happened on June 19, 2016. By mid-August, I was two months into recovery. I went back to my orthopaedic surgeon, and he took out my heel lifts. This was very surprising for me. From what I have read on the subject, most people seemed to take out their heel lifts gradually.

Now my foot could go more or less flat. The first week, it was very painful and tight, and I started to wonder if my foot would actually go flat again! It was around this time that I started to see my physiotherapist. She told me that I could start working on getting out of the boot. The first “step” was that I could sleep at night without the boot. While I was out of the boot, she also told me to do ankle rotations and pointing and flexing.

The next step was adding weight. At first my foot felt very tingly (pins and needles) even while using crutches. After three days this became more comfortable. The next week (week 9), I got rid of my crutches and was just using the boot. This was so incredibly liberating! No more balancing dishes, cups on crutches.

I found the weeks between 8 to 10 to progress very quickly. By week 10, I am totally out of the boot and walking (and driving). My physiotherapist has told me that I should keep the boot with me as my ankle will get tired quickly. This is true, but I have decided that I’m not going back to the boot. For the moment, I am only wearing running shoes. My ankle is still swollen and the shoes are soft at the back but provide heel support.

The exercises that I am currently working on are heel raises while sitting, ankle rotations with a change of direction every 20 rotations, and weight transfer while standing.

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