September 2009

Well I had my, 3rd Post-Op since my re-rupture surgery today and the Doc approved of me wearing 2 shoes again! Only limitation is no running or jumping. He said that it’ll be another 3-4 months before I can start running again. I can however start doing more strengthening in PT. As for any other activities, I am to moderate the amount I participate in them based on the amount of pain I have.

PT thus far has pretty much been the same as I posted before, however we did add some leg lifts, walking exercises, and stair stepping exercises into the mix.

I feel like I walk a bit slower in the shoes right now than I did in the boot, not sure if its just a mental thing or an instability thing. I do need to go out and buy new shoes though. 18 weeks ago before, 6 hours before I ruptured the first time, I had just bought brand new shoes. Now I have a brand new left shoe and a beat up right shoe.

I also drove my car for the first time since May. I miss driving my own car so much!

Anyways that’s all I have for now really, I have my final post-op appointment on December 2nd.

Well, as the title states, I’m 10 about 10 weeks post-op ATR #2.

I’ve been doing hour long PT sessions twice a week. Most of the sessions consist of the following –

1. 5-8 minutes on a bike
2. 15 minutes of ultra sound
3. 10-15 minutes of massage
4. 5 minutes of balance exercises
5. 10 - 15 minutes of stretching

My first day of PT my ROM dorsiflexion was -4*, as of last week I was at 9*. My other ankle has a 15* dorsiflexion, so I’m getting there. Walking in the boot is going well, I still have pain in my heel after a extended period of time on my foot. My PT said this is perfectly normal still and that it will take some time for that to go away.

Anyways an interesting fact that I came across today…As of August 31, this whole ordeal has cost my insurance $40,000. It’s costing my insurance $600/hr for PT. For now I am going twice a week until my Doctor re-evaluates on September 30th. My PT said that he expects another 6 weeks of PT to be ordered after my re-eval for some more intensive strengthening. So when all is said and done, I’m expecting this whole thing to cost my insurance between $55,000 - $60,000. Remember I’ve torn my Achilles twice this summer and had 2 surgeries 6 weeks apart.

That’s all for now…