Last (?) Visit with Surgeon

Tomorrow will be 15 weeks post injury. I saw the surgeon today. He checked out the tendon, tested my strength etc. He was very pleased. I had a concern about the swelling I still exhibit, and he wasn’t the least bit concerned about it. In fact he said I’d be more swollen if I’d let him do the surgery. I leave for Florida in 2 weeks and he said it’s totally up to my own preference whether I go to PT down there, or continue my regimen at home. He gave me an Rx for PT should I decide to pursue it. He said I don’t need to see him again unless I have some concern down the road. He congratulated me on going non-surgical, and felt, at this point, I made the right choice. (He had recommended surgery at our initial visit, but I opted for non-surgical). I celebrated by taking a 3 mile walk, my longest walk yet. No issues with tendon. My back got a little stiff, due to my slightly altered gait. Feels good!

14 Weeks!

Today marks 14 weeks since my injury. I walked a bit over 2 miles yesterday, after my PT appointment. PT is very pleased, somewhat impressed (I think that’s because I’m their first non-surgical ATR client)… adding more balancing exercises, continuing to stretch and do calf raises. Still doing double calf raises up, and trying to focus on injured leg when coming down. PT was favorably impressed with strength and ROM tests compared to when I started PT 5 weeks ago. So am I. I don’t walk normally, but getting closer all of the time. I’ll be leaving for Florida Dec. 26, arriving there after Jan.1..I think I’ll be able to golf by then. I could probably golf now if the course wasn’t snow covered. Another few weeks should really be good.

varicose veins

I’m wondering if any in the group have noticed varicose veins developing on the injured foot/ankle area. I’ve never had any, but I am definitely developing them, only in the area where I’ve had the persistent “cankle”, on the injured achilles.

12 1/2 Weeks

Nothing amazing to report.  Making good progress at 12.5 weeks.  More strength, more stability, better walking gait week by week.  As I mentioned before, things that were hard-impossible two weeks ago, are easier and do-able know. I feel better and stronger nearly everyday.,definitely week-by-week.

For those of you not as far along as I, be heartened.  It gets better.

10 Weeks+…I drove today

Not much to report other than nobody died. I did my right achilles, so driving was impossible with the boot. I am just about 2 weeks out of the boot, walking in shoes, working on the gait. I walked a mile in shoes yesterday, with my poles. No problems. A little tight this morning, but not bad. Not much more so than normally, I suppose.

A Question for the Veterans: Stretching

I am wondering when you all started stretching the achilles. I was looking at the Twaddle Protocol posted, and it says to start stretching after you can do a single leg “toe raise”. I wasn’t sure what a toe raise was, so I Googled it and got two distinctly different results. One was just what it sounds like, you pick your toes off the ground with the heel on the ground. But other examples were what I’d call a “calf raise”, or “heel raise”. Also adding to my confusion is the fact that once one starts walking in two shoes, in order to improve one’s gait, one needs to have a certain amount of stretch of the AT. So when, and how, did you all start stretching your AT? thanks!

9 Weeks, Cleared for PT, and Shoes

Finally have been cleared for PT, although I was doing a few things on my own. My PT has zero experience with non-surgical cases. He was amazed at how far along I was based upon my range of motion, and strength, which he tested just by having me resist his pressure, or resisting my pressure when I moved my foot around. He was also taken aback by how well developed the tendon looked and felt. He even asked “are you sure it was completely ruptured? Yes, it was. Eventually we got down to some exercises I did there, and to be done at home. This was Thursday, BTW. By Thursday evening I was ready to put the boot back on, as I was getting a bit sore. Friday was great. Did all of my exercises, spent the entire day in shoes, including walking about 1/2 mile with my poles. Slept without the boot, which I’ve been doing, but it was the most comfortable it’s ever been without the boot.
I have to admit though, it’s a bit sore today, so I have the boot on, foot up, and plan on taking it pretty easy today. Probably just do some of the gentle stretches. The weather sucks today, so I won’t even be tempted to try another walk. Hopefully I stressed it just enough, not too much.

8 Weeks Post-Injury Today

To update:  a week ago, at week 7, I saw the surgeon who said my tendon is healing nicely. He still wanted me to wait 2 more weeks before I start PT formally, but he gave me some ROM stuff to do myself.  I’ve started a few other things that I’ve picked up from others’ blogs and videos.  I’m doing the “towel scrunches” and trying to do seated calf raises, but that’s coming rather slowly. I have my appointment with PT in 6 days. I am eager to meet the PT, and see how conservative or aggressive he/she is. Protocols do seem to be all over the map.

Closing in on end of week 5

Closing in on end of week 5 since my injury, treated non surgically. Today is the end of my 2nd week in the boot, and I can walk without crutches, and can also get up and down stairs without crutches. I do get a bit fatigued, so it’s not 100% of the time, but quality of life is much better. My brother set up my bike on his trainer stand, and I am doing 25 minutes on that, 2 days out of 3. Also he and my wife set up my Total Gym, so can work out on that as well. Life is much better now than it was 3 weeks ago.

First Night with the Boot

Hah! I’m supposed to be able to sleep with this thing? I thought the cast was annoying, but the boot is a whole “nutha” step up the ladder of annoying. I’m sure it will get better, but last night’s sleep was pretty fitful. C’est la vie. We’ll get through it.