I’m at about 12 weeks post ATR. Only out of the boot a short time ago in public. Otherwise spent time out of it at home. The only heel lift I can do is sitting heel lift. When I stand my brain does not seem connected to my "heel lift muscles" at all. There is nothing. I’m guessing that is normal.

I also notice I am able to contract my ATR calf muscle far more rapidly and far easier than my more developed good leg calf. It’s a strange feeling cause without looking at it, it feels the bad calf has ability to flex like body builder calf. It’s like having fine motor control over the rapid contraction of the bad calf muscle in most positions.With the good calf which is decently developed and far larger than the bad, I have to think flexing and it’s far less rapid contractions.

I am wondering if this new found muscle contraction ability is because when the achilles is stitched together theĀ  muscle becomes shorter and therefore easier to contract. when standing facing the wall and toes touching wall, knee on my bad side has long ways to go to get to the wall. Dorsiflexion is not there at all. People seem to say you don’t want to heel long cause you can always stretch it out if you heel short. Any insight or experiences from those who’ve gone through this stage as to how to know whether achilles is being stretched enough or not? My rapid fire calf is making me think it’s really short. I am returning to physio next week….will be my third physio and hoping next week I’m provided with more insight also.

4 Responses to “ATR calf muscle flexing like bodybuilder”

  1. spacemonkey Says:

    I cannot offer you any help other than if the calf is a lot smaller it may just make a more pronounced movement to work, therefore appear to work faster?
    I’m no expert, but interested to hear how you get on?

  2. superjewgrl Says:

    Hiya Bionic….. Glad to hear your making progress.

    I love flexing my calf. Love it.

    For me, flexing let’s me know all is right in the world. But flexing does not feel the same in both legs. When I flex in my bad leg it feels like I’m doing something special and dynamic, but when I watch my calf and flex, I only see a small twitch. My leg atrophy is substantial.

    I had the vy lengthening procedure and my scar goes up to my calf muscle (it’s like 6+ inches) so that could be why for me.

    Anyway, keep us posted. Happy Healing!!!!

    Take Care.

  3. normofthenorth Says:

    Healing long and short both create problems. I have a “trick” right knee that may end my (long!) competitive volleyball carreer, and my last two impressive health professionals (my Podiatrist and my sports-med-clinic PT) both think it’s my repaired-short right AT that’s causing it to go out of alignment all the time. I also have super-tight quads according to my PT, but she says my LEFT one is significantly tighter than my RIGHT (and my left knee is fine), so the healed-short (repaired-short) ATR is the logical cause of the trick right knee.
    More on this on my blog page, entitled something like “Maybe healing short is scary after all!”
    Most (almost all?) surgeons trim SOMETHING off the torn ATR ends before stitching them together, but some trim more than others. Mine said he was aiming for short, because healing long is bad. He aimed there, he hit there, he wasn’t sorry about it, but it seems to be causing knee problems now, ~11 years later.
    BTW, my left, non-op, ATR has healed long enough that I can’t do a single good full-height straight-kneed heel raise (years later), but I’ve noticed NO deficit in my performance on the volleyball court, in vertical or floor defense. I can’t explain that, but that’s what I’ve experienced, and I’ve been playing a lot, and never <100% effort and intensity. Including court 4-on-4 and beach 2-on-2.

  4. bionic Says:

    Norm do you know that your right AT healed short and assuming that this caused your knee pain? Or do you know you have knee pain and therefore assuming your right AT healed short?

    In other words how do you know you healed short? Were there signs along the way in your rehab? As I go past week 13 I still have a limp and seems like a “tight” tendon right now. I don’t know if that’s normal (maybe it’s short/long?).

    I’d like to get some idea of whether it’s healing short/long right now. I’m guessing that I can slightly err on the side of more/less stretch at this stage accordingly to get best outcome.

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