crossfitmike’s AchillesBlog

Overdue Update

May 11, 2011 · 3 Comments

It’s been busy to say the least. A barrage of projects due, interviews and family life have taken up the bulk of my time. I visited the doctor last week and got good news and bad news. The good is that my left leg was finally able to breathe.

Might not be able to tell, but my left calf is definitely smaller than my right. I was also able to get a glimpse of what the future scar look like.

Warning, may be graphic

Continuing with the good news, the stitches were removed and the doc says that everything is healing nicely. No pain during the removal, just felt like pin pricks and slight tugging at some points.

The bad news, or less fortunate, I should say is that I got put back into a hard cast. This time, my foot was angled to be perpendicular to my leg. I felt a good stretch as he held it in place while putting the cast back on. I’m able to partially bear weight on the cast leg with the assistance of crutches and will follow-up two weeks from today.

I’m still continuing to work out my upper body, core and good leg to remain active and have begun doing very light-weight, high repetition leg curls with my bad leg.


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3 responses so far ↓

  • normofthenorth // May 11th 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Everything looks and sounds pretty good, Mike. Me, I would have put you in a boot a few weeks ago, and I’d have you FWB by now but maybe still with some heel lifts. In your situation, I’d go easy on the WB for a day or so, while your leg gets used to the new “stretch” angle.

    Your incision seems to be dead center on the back of your leg. Many surgeons bias it to one side or the other, mostly to avoid having all your shoes and boots rubbing hard on it. If it heals up fine, that probably won’t matter. Just “listen” to it, and if it’s getting irritated or inflamed, change something so it doesn’t.

  • janet // May 15th 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Wow…back in a hardcast…hang in there. My scar runs straight up the back of my leg…so far it doesn’t seem to get to irritated by shoes. Its funny because it hurst mostly at the sides and not directly on the scar.

    Glad to hear you are working upper body, core and good leg….LOL..I used the weight of my cast and boot as resistance for the bad leg. I can honestly say that having done that while NWB helped immensely for when I was FWB. I am, in some ways, probably in better shape now than before the injury. I think because I worked my legs as best I could…the size difference in my quad was minimal and my calves have a 1/2 inch difference.

    Muscle memory is an amazing thing….I’m starting to see a baby calf muscle….and once I was able to really work my legs it is taking very little time to regain strength in my hamstrings and quads….the calf, of course, is taking a little more time.

    Glad to here it is gonig well for you.

    happy healing

  • Nick9671 // Jun 16th 2011 at 4:47 am

    How is your recovery going? I am 3 wks and 3days post op. I get my cast off today and am anxious to hear what the next step is. Hopefully into a boot that I can soon walk in. I have been back in crossfit the last 2 weeks which has been great. I know you are a few weeks ahead of me so wondering if you are back to wearing a shoe and walking yet? Give us and update man.