36 Days Post Op

Monday was a good day, I had my cast removed and was given my walking boot.  Dr said try to start walking on it and get rid of the crutches when I am comfortable walking without them.  The first couple of steps were awkward and I was a bit hesitant to put weight on the foot. My ankle felt weak and unstable in the boot.  I had taken some steps while in the cast FWB and would usually just use one crutch throughout the day, but this was different.  He set the boot to have 30 degrees of plantar flexion and 0 dorsiflexion, told me exercise it 3 xs a day (30 reps of pointing my toes up and down out of the boot), prescribed me pt of 2 xs a week for 6 weeks, and then sent me on my way.  For the rest of the day, I used both crutches to get around and to get used to the boot.  By 700 that evening, I was down to one crutch and was much more comfortable walking.  That night, while asleep, I had one of those stupid dreams where your falling.  I tensed up and plantar flexed my foot.  Ouch, but the pain was not that bad.  It hurt for a minute but went away.

Tuesday was another good day for me.  I was able to put my daughter in her car seat and drive my kids to school.  That was a big step for me.  I was actually able to do something that I was able to do before I got injured.  The tendon and ankle felt really tight today though.  Maybe it was because I had pushed myself too hard on Monday.  With a little bit of massage and exercise I was able to loosen it up a bit.  While massaging my ankle I noticed that I have no feeling on the outside part of my ankle.  I can feel it, but I can’t feel it.  It’s hard to explain, but I’m sure some of you out there know what Im talking about.  I was able to ditch the crutches today for awhile and walk without them.  I even took a trip to the grocery store to pick up some things.  I was walking around the store without crutches, FWB and it felt great.

Who knows what today brings for me and what kind of progress I will make. Even if I don’t make any, that will be fine to me, knowing that I can do simple things I couldn’t do last week.  I’m going to start to working out today, I got a couple sets of light dumbells I can use.  It’s not going to be the hardcore workout I used to do, just some push-ups and upper body stuff to get the blood flowing.

5 Responses to “36 Days Post Op”

  1. Fantastic…glad to read that you are up and walking..this is encouraging for all of us to know that at 4-5 weeks you are walking without the crutch. go slow
    Doc Ross

  2. Bigg -
    Glad that you are in the walking boot. For me, it was a big step in the recovery process for not having to use the crutches any more.

    I’ve been doing push-ups, with those rotating handles. Similar to the perfect push-up device. It’s a lot better for my wrist. I should put a link to it from the “Things you might need” page…

    What other exercises are you doing?

  3. What is it with those falling, running, jumping dreams? I have had a few also that caused me to twitch my calf fairly hard. Weird.

  4. Biggs - Congrats on the boot. FWB is a nice “step” during recovery as you feel a bit of independence returning. The numbness that you feel on the outside of your ankle is most likely the result of your sural nerve being disturbed during surgery. I believe a few others on achillesblog have experienced this same numbness and it is one of the complications of surgery. The good news is that the numbness seems to go away on it own. Unfortunately, it can take up to 3 months. You may want to mention it to your surgeon.

  5. 2 weeks post op having moderate numbness on the outside of my foot. Good to hear that it should go away in time. Was kind of Freaking out because it was not like that beforehand. Hope and pray this is the case.Thank you.

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