S/P Right Achilles Surgery–7 Weeks

Pretty Eventful week for the ol’ ATR Recovery.  I saw my Ortho yesterday and he cleared me to get out of the boot and go into two shoes.  He was happy with the mobility in the ankle and told me that the tightness I feel at max dorsiflexion is normal and it will ebb over time.  He also told me to expect to limp around for a week or so before I start walking “normal”  After the customary 2 minute appt. he sent me on my way and told me to make another appt. at the 12 week mark.   Later that day I saw my PT and actually got a good explanation and plan for the next six weeks.  She said that I should be walking normally soon and gave me a bunch of exercises to add to the cursed Thera-Bands.  I can now start doing assisted double heel lifts, squats, and work on the Leg Press.  Of course, I can’t add weight to the leg press, or calf raises yet, but it’s a start.  I used to work out with 400-600lbs on the Leg press, so getting on there with no Plates feels a little weird, but oh well, I just want to get better. 

It’s exciting to get started on the actual strength work, but it just makes me realize how far I have to go.  I do think, however that I will be playing golf within the next 2-3 weeks in shoes, though I will need to rent a cart.  To anyone out there who has just ruptured your Achilles, you can look to weeks 6-8 as the time when you will begin feeling “normal” again.

3 Responses to “S/P Right Achilles Surgery–7 Weeks”

  1. Did you have to do any PWB before going into two shoes, or did you go from NWB straight to FWB ? Glad to hear your good news.

  2. When you return to the course in 2-3 weeks, albeit in a cart, will that be your first time back out since the injury, or did you start earlier at least at the driving range? I’m hoping to play on July 11 (likely in my boot), which will be just shy of 6 weeks post-op. A quick 9-holer.

  3. recoverytime09- I was PWB for about 2 weeks before I went FWB. While I was slowly cranking the boot to a neutral position (I started about 40 degrees plantar-flexed) I was able to put partial pressure on my foot in the boot. Once the boot went neutral I was able to start FWB.

    trisportgirl–Yes, when I get back to the course over the 4th, it will be my first time back. I’ll be out at the range this week once or twice to see how the swing feels. I’m betting that I’ll lose about 20 yds on my drive and have to club up on most iron shots. I won’t load on my right foot on my backswing like I normally do to take pressure off the tendon so distance will go bye-bye. I’ll be playing on the 1st 2nd and/or 3rd of July, which will be 9 weeks and I’ll let you know how it feels.

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