Well I got the OK to ditch the crutches as long as I stay in the boot. While this is a step in the right direction I realize I’m still closer to the beginning of this journey than I am to the end. It’s a strange mix of emotions - optimism and frustration. I don’t start PT for another 2 weeks but I have to abmit I’ve been doing some flexibility and stretching exercises that I feel have started to recruit the calf muscles and begin to awaken the long dormant fibres. I can actually see the calf working and while I may be imagining it my calf actually seems to have gotten a bit more pronounced from it’s non-existant shape post-cast. It is really starting to fire again.
I do still have some heel pain which my Doc says is to be expected but is nonetheless vexing. I wonder if anyone else has experienced this. I had a tendon transfer so I’m thinking it might be where the tendon was attached but the pain is on the bottom of the heel not the back. I did replace a heel lift in the boot with my orthotic and this seems to be helping somewhat since the boot provided zero arch support.
I had the repaired area treated with a Platelet Rich Plasma injection about 4 days ago and I must say the whole area is feeling a lot more stable when I do take off the boot. I have started standing in the shower for the first time since the operation. I had been really paranoid about rerupture but I think I’m getting past that fear.
I have also been trying to walk for at least an hour a day and yesterday my wife and I were walking for over 2 hours without incident. I must say hills and steps are a bitch but I’m out there so I’ll take it.
Next stop 2 Shoes.