Just thought I’d check in again and say hello and hope you are all progressing well with your recovery, whatever stage you are at. Take heart in knowing it does get better each week and the more you research and involve yourself in understanding your injury and commit to doing what is best for you at each stage the more positive your attitude becomes.

I had another visit with my physio on Wednesday and she was very happy with my improvement from the week before.  I have very little swelling in my ankle now even after the busier long days, my gait is practically normal now, the more I walk each day the better the gait is. Sometimes my ankle starts off a little stiff but the more I move around the better it comes as the day progresses.

The Achilles itself feels really strong and no inflammation in the repair site anymore. My incision scar looks fabulous, and no more hard areas underneath that area just all feels normal again. My incision was down the inside of my leg, not at the back.

My exercises still consist of

10 X double heel raises twice a day.    10x neutral to planterflexion with  therabands to work against for strengthening  twice a day 10 X circles to the left and then 10 circles to the right working against the theraband twice a day, hydro therapy in the pool doing the same without therabands but working in the water

Walking as much as I can in a day but still avoiding steep inclines & declines until muscles become stronger.

No pain, no throbbing or aching just not walking as quick paced as normal but I would say a regular pace for many.

The physio did some sports needling on Wednesday which assists healing & activates blood supply and breaks down colonies of scar tissue and fibres that have gathering during the healing process. Must say it really makes a huge difference to ROM and dorsiflection is most certainly starting to improve

The physio doesn’t want me to start and stretching of the Achilles as yet as she said it wasn’t necessary as I haven’t heal short or tight so not a lot of stretching out exercises will be necessary  outside of normal movement.  Basically it is just about building back the feet, ankle & calf muscles and strengthening for me at this stage.

I’m back in regular shoes instead of half a size up which I needed at first due to the swelling in bad foot, but that has now all subsided happy to say

Im really pleased with my progress and especially happy I have not had any set backs at this stage.  Yahoo I have hit 12 weeks so out of the prime danger zone but of course I am still mindful of being cautious and not getting too confident there is still a lot of work to be done to get back to how it was prior to accident

Im still drinking one raw vegetable green juice daily with pineapple to boost Achilles’ tendon recovery, still massaging natural coconut oil into scar and surrounds, still taking Vitamin B complex for cellular restoration, magnesium & Vitamin C for boosted healing and one protein drink post exercises. Did I mention I have lost 4 kl since the accident still eating the same I guess the health component of my healing boost has also given my metabolism a boost too

Happy healing people, stay positive, stay disciplined and commit to a positive recovery It does get better

Thinking of you all Robyn


frankie88 on 15 January, 2016 at 3:51 PM #

Nice! Good to hear!

bobbie24 on 15 January, 2016 at 7:45 PM #

frankie88 I couldn’t find your post so am not sure at which stage you are at, hopefully you too are well on your way to recovery and finding this site as beneficial as I have. Great to know we are not alone on this journey all the best

beanie on 16 January, 2016 at 12:30 AM #

Robyn what awesome progress! You are healing so well! It really sounds like you are going to breeze through the rehab and be 100% back to normal in no time. It’s so nice to hear such a positive outcome and you are obviously doing everything right in terms of looking after your body so that you are healing really well. Congrats on 12 weeks and all the best for your continued rehab!

beanie on 2 February, 2016 at 8:23 PM #

Hi Robyn, I wanted to let you know … I contacted SportsMed but the PT there that does dry needling and scar tissue work is on honeymoon, I booked her for March when she gets back. I really wanted to get going earlier so I searched and found an Osteopath (I’be never heard of this before) with credentials including travelling to the States to study adhesion release and 15 years experience. I decided to give it a shot with him and had my first session today. It was pretty painful, he did lots of pressure point release along the achilles and it really hurt - I’m amazed how many sore spots I have in there. Anyway, the release felt great, so I’m going to continue with him twice a week for a while and see how things go. Thanks again for all your advice. I hope things are still going super well with your recovery!

bobbie24 on 7 February, 2016 at 10:04 AM #

Yes Beanie my recovery is still progressing really well, my walking pace has really stepped up now with no limp Yay! Working on strengthening now heel lifts are really good and my injured leg almost the same lift as uninjured now. Something I thought would never happen two weeks ago. How are you feeling now you have had the adhesion release therapy, yes it is a little tender when they do it but the following results are fabulous. I only had three sessions if needling now working on deep tissue massage when at physio and she does a lot if massage in the Achilles which has made it feel a lot more normal & pliable Let me know how it’s feeling now Hopefully helping

beanie on 9 February, 2016 at 10:45 PM #

Yay Robyn, it sounds like everything is going really well with your recovery! I’m sure you are loving walking limp free at a normal pace again, it’s the best feeling!

I’ve had 3 sessions with the Osteopath now. The second one was really hectic! He did release on the tendon which was excruciating. The worst part is that when he presses and holds with my toes pointed it doesn’t hurt, but then when I then have to flex my foot while he keeps hold it hurts like crazy … so I am the creator of my own pain! … lol!

He also did Graston in that session. It’s the first time it’s been done on me and I can now confirm that what I was self-inflicting was no where near to what he did. It felt like he was carving up my leg. I honestly thought when I looked at my ankle I would see blood. But there wasn’t any. It was bruised and quite sore for two days afterwards but I have better mobility and my achilles feels more free and pliable and so does my ankle and big toe. So I think that it is working and am going to keep it up.

Thanks again for all your help and support. Please keep us updated with your progress as your life returns to normal.

hollymt5 on 9 February, 2016 at 11:45 PM #

I’m so fascinated by this “Graston” and “sports needling”. I’m definitely going to look for someone in our area (Southern Cal). I’m so glad to hear things are going well for you, Robyn.
I have also lost weight during this rehab, which is so weird. I’m also taking most of what you are taking so maybe we are on to something! My doctor wants me to add Magnesium so I’ll be doing that tomorrow.
Thank you for sharing!

bobbie24 on 11 February, 2016 at 7:42 AM #

Went to the physio on Wednesday and she noticed one small area near top of my incision scar that still had some adhesion so she did more needling to release that. Have to say it sure tickled a bit, like hurt like hell but today I can certainly say it did the trick. Made an enormous difference and I’d say my Achilles and ankle all looks pretty much like how it used to except the Achilles is slightly thicker. ROM really good, planter and dorsiflection the same now as uninjured leg. Double heel lifts good and weight evenly distributed, she has now set the task of being able to do single heel raise on injured leg by the next visit. Wow! That’s a challenge as I just don’t have the strength to lift up bad leg in its own, long way off. Still have to do all the other exercises but concentrate on the single lifts. Right now it’s not happening. Walk is great, no limp, pace is good I’m happy to say but strengthening needs lots of work.
She did give my Achilles a great manipulation and massage and she did say it has heal really well now I just have to recruit all the other tendons and muscles to get functioning as they used to and push the workouts to get them going.
Beanie thrilled to hear how well you have been progressing, has the work helped the lumps that were bothering you, hope so. Holly great to hear you are on the road to a positive recovery keep me posted, Robyn

metonia on 11 February, 2016 at 8:43 PM #

bobbie24, its great to hear you are doing so well,

bobbie24 on 11 February, 2016 at 10:13 PM #

Thanks Metonia
Not long and there really is a light at the end of the tunnel. Happy to read you first week is on track, I think the first two weeks a the most frustrating and then each week progress happens that Spurs you on to the next week. Don’t look too far forward or it feels a little daunting, just concentrate on the weekly achievable goals and before you know it you’ll be feeling very positive about your progress. Cheers Robyn

beanie on 13 February, 2016 at 11:35 PM #

Hi Robyn, great that you are still progressing so well! Your PT is asking for a lot from you with single calf raises by 15 weeks, wow! But your progress has been so good that I’m sure you’re going to get it. I found two things helped me with these. One was to have the good foot in front and then raise the heel of the bad foot to toes then back down then back up then down etc, slowly I’d lift the good foot a little so the first part of the raise was just the injured foot but I was still rolling forward onto the good foot instead of trying to go straight up. The other was to lift on both but come down only on the injured one as slowly as possible. Actually there was a third - standing on tiptoes and trying to progress to walking on tiptoes so the injured leg holds all your weight for a bit. It’s a slow process but you will get there!
I’ve had 4 sessions now and I think that it really is working. I can actually feel other tendons and muscles around the achilles now and although there is still a lot of tissue it’s much softer. The top lump is still there but it’s not as defined or hard anymore, I can’t grab it like a golf ball. Also the release work is getting less painful, I can feel the tendon moving easier as he pins it down. There are some sections that still sound hard with Graston but not nearly as bad and it’s not as painful either. And finally my dorsiflexion is improving and things feel much more free. I’m very happy I followed your advice and am seeing someone for the scar tissue release because I was not really making much of a dent trying to do it myself.
Thanks again and please let us know how you get along with the single heel raises!

summer on 16 March, 2016 at 5:19 AM #

It was great reading through your post.
Happy healing …

bobbie24 on 16 March, 2016 at 6:52 PM #

Hello there summer, I do hope there is something in what you have read that helps as you move through your own recovery, take heart, it’s not as bad as it feels at the beginning, time passes quickly enjoy the weekly milestones and let it progress positively I’m about to write my Reflections Yay I’m almost done

Liz on 30 January, 2017 at 12:45 AM #

hi Bobbie. Can I please ask who your surgeon and physio was. thanks Liz

Robyn on 30 January, 2017 at 6:43 AM #

Hi Liz
Are you in Adelaide
My surgeon was Dr James Clayton SportsMed Stepney, and I cannot recommend him enough, brilliant technique and he was recommended to me by a physio who had him when she did her Achilles, two other people I know have also gone to him with the same successful outcome
Here it is some 15 months later and outside of the incision scar you would not know I ever ruptured my Achilles I’m wrapped.

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