crossfitmike’s AchillesBlog

On Two Feet

June 16, 2011 · 5 Comments

Sorry, I’ve been swamped at work. I’m sneaking in 15 minutes to post an update.

So I was officially taken out my cast at 8 weeks - it was dreadful. I was told that at 6 weeks post-op that it would be removed but that didn’t happen. A few days before the appointment, I got a nasty rash that originated from my elbow. I went to my general doctor since my casted leg wasn’t affected but the next day it flared up big time on my non-casted leg. Long story-short, I went to see the podiatrist and I may have had a late reaction to the anti-biotics - I hadn’t taken any for weeks prior. My cast was taken off to check for infections, fortunately there wasn’t. I was excited because I figured he leave the cast off, but a new cast was put on. Bummer. I tried to refuse, to no avail. The nurse then told me that he is very conservative and stubborn.

After enduring the final two weeks, I was relieved to see it removed. My once muscular calf was no more and it I had tons of dead and dry skin. I was given a walking boot and padding if I experienced any pain. But being the curious and anxious guy that I am, I tried on two shoes immediately when I got home. I was able to limp around without any pain so I figured I would be okay. As it stands, I wear the boot to work and two shoes to workout and when going out. My range of motion is improving daily as I’ve been adamant about making sure I get stretches in. At the gym, I’m still not doing any oly lifts or heavy lifting that involves the legs, but am able to do ass-to-grass air squats (bodyweight). I can balance on weak leg, but no single leg calf raise yet.

I haven’t started any PT, but that may be coming soon. My only discomforts are from taking the first steps after waking up in the morning as the tendon gets tight. I get some swelling and inflammation as the day goes on, but I can mitigate that with elevation. My next appointment is next week and I’m not sure what to expect.

Best,
CrossFit Mike

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5 responses so far ↓

  • cellblock4 // Jun 16th 2011 at 12:23 pm

    congrats getting the cast off. once you’re FWB and in 2shoes, it’s a lot easier from here on out. just have to be careful not to push it too hard. i was able to go for my first jog at 6.5 months. good luck with PT, you’ll notice rapid improvements in the first 2-3 weeks.

    that’s not san jose, ca in your pic is it? i grew up there and left in 2002 and i don’t remember downtown looking like that.

  • normofthenorth // Jun 16th 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Be careful, Mike. It’s tempting to try to catch up with a fast rehab in a hurry, but you may be more vulnerable now than somebody who’s weeks earlier, but has been in a fast rehab.

    Some good news: After my first ATR (Yup, torn ‘em both!), I got surgery from a guy who kept telling me how conservative he was, as he applied multiple casts for WAY too long. At 10 months post-op, I was back playing competitive volleyball with no performance deficit, AFAICS!

    So if you’re lucky, all the nuisance and frustration and atrophy from the slow long casting won’t hold back your ultimate recovery.

    Good luck, and Watch Your Step. And don’t forget that it’s not just the calf muscle that’s atrophied, but all the other muscles that stabilize your ankle and provide balance, etc., etc.

  • polly // Jun 16th 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Mike, very happy to hear you are out of the cast, and I imagine that 8 weeks in the cast means you are very well healed. Did your Ortho elevate your toes every couple of weeks or so? Meaning, casting and recasting? I dont know a thing about it, but it did seem like most people here on the ATR blog had their removed after 4 weeks?

  • crossfitmike // Jun 16th 2011 at 4:10 pm

    @cellblock, that’s just a default picture from the wordpress theme. I tried changing it but it didn’t work for me.

    @norm, I’m definitely not trying to push too hard. I had a discussion with some in-laws who have also had ATRs and they’ve mentioned the same words. Congrats on your recovery, must feel good that you didn’t miss a beat and are able to pick up where you once were. I appreciate all the advice.

    @polly, I got recasted a total of 3 times. And yes, it does seem that others are out of the cast a lot quicker.

  • Nick // Jun 17th 2011 at 9:49 am

    Mike,
    You still been hittin up crossfit? I got my cast off yesterday and am in a boot. Dr said to ween myself of the crutches over the next week and walk in the boot. Seems like your doc kept you in a cast for quite a while, I bet you’re glad to be in the boot as well. I am excited to begin walking so I can start attempting air squats and maybe wall balls. My right leg has shrunk top to bottom. Hope you’re doin well man.

    Nick