Basically 2 weeks post-op
I had my injury 12 days ago, so far - here is my experience.
I took pain killers for the first 3 days after surgery and - like many - tried to get away from them as soon as possible.
The first few days - it was really important to elevate my foot very high, as it is suggested. I could actually see the purple go out of the toes when you lift it up.
On day 6 I went back to work for a while - I have a desk job - so as long as I just sat at the desk, with my foot elevated it was good. I worked 5 hours, then 6, then a full 8 for the rest of the week. I didn’t think it was too bad, all things considered. It was relatively easy to keep my foot elevated. I experienced some cramp-like calf pain - felt like the lower calf was cramping - and of course couldn’t do much about it. This lasted for about 2 days (days 7&8)
The temporary cast started unraveling on about day 10, I have repaired it a little but it needs more work.
I have had a couple of twitches while sleeping where I must have tightened my calf muscle or something and it felt like I was stretching the tendon a little. Quite painful and it was difficult to get back to sleep after. (I have read other blogs with similar experiences)
One question that has been on my mind - and I know it is just playing with my mind is - When I go to the doctor - is he going to tell me that one of my twitches re-ruptured the tendon?
The last couple of days I have what I would consider “incision” pain - it feels like the cast is pushing against the suchers or something - if I get the right position is seems ok.
I can’t get in to see my surgeon until the 3-week mark (August 20) I am a little bummed by this but I realize I just need to take time and let it heal - maybe this will teach me some patience.
Otherwise - I don’t do much, TV, computer, books, and try and play with my family (5 yr old and a 2 yr old)
My wife is having a hard time with all this too, pretty overwhelming - -I feel sorry for all the extra work I have caused her - I’ll just have to get her something nice for Christmas. I can’t wait to get back to a position where I can help her out again.