I had my first post-no surgery appointment with the orthopedic surgeon. For an explanation of what I mean by “post-no surgery appointment”, see my prior posts. Anyway, my progression is extraordinary according to the doctor. He showed me how the tendon has already healed by running his finger along it (without there being a gap/hole). I was able to press down on his hand with my injured leg easily and he was impressed by my plantar flexion and dorsiflexion (i hope i’m using those terms correctly).
The plan is for me to wear the boot for another week and then move into regular shoes with lifts for 2 weeks, followed by regular shoes with no lifts for another 2 weeks, followed by physical therapy. So basically 12 weeks post injury before physical therapy, although i am almost 100% sure I will start in 10, despite the doctor’s suggestions. I also plan on ditching the boot after the weekend (3 days early).
Again, I’m pleased with my decision to go FWB right away. However, for anyone who reads my blog, please take note that my injury occurred higher than normal, near the calf. In fact, the doctor continually referenced how this recovery is different than a typical Achilles Rupture because it is more like a muscle tear. That being said, my diagnosis was a fully ruptured Achilles. I heard it pop and the MRI confirmed it.
I know I will walk with a gait next week when I stop using the boot. My next goal is to be walking normally by the time I start physical therapy in a month or so.