8 months and 3 days

Hi fellow bloggers!

Time to update my blog with some good news. I’ve been bike commuting to work three days a week since the first week of June (@50km round trip). I also started to walk/run on the treadmill about a week or so ago. Example w/o would be:
w/u with 5 min walk
1 min walk/1 min run x 5
1 min walk/2 min run x 3
c/d 5 min walk
I’m progressing very incrementally with the running. I still find that I have a bit of a ‘limp’. Not happy about that but my PT thinks it’s because of the size/strength difference in my calves. Funny how even at 8 months you still have to be patient.

Wishing everyone good luck with your recovery!

29 weeks

29 weeks

Hi Achilles Bloggers!  It’s been some time since my last post.  On April 23rd I ‘celebrated’ 6 months by taking my road bike outside for the first time.  As it turns out, I was fine riding but starting from a dead stop at busy intersections was hairy to say the least, it felt like my ankle wanted to collapse.  Since that day, I’ve been trying to improve my standing strength on the bike and have made pretty good gains in about 3 weeks.  I’m not quite ready for the daily commute yet but I don’t think it will be long now.  I don’t want to create compensation injuries so I’m trying to be smart with my training and not over do things.  Stressing my tendon/ankle but also allowing time for it to recover and get stronger.  Also keeping busy with swimming, yoga, some strength training and of course, doing my physical therapy exercises (I see my PT once every 3 weeks).

I recently saw my operating surgeon and was told I could start running once I am walking comfortably.  That means no limping.  My walking has improved to the point that most people don’t notice a limp but it’s definitely not as fluid as it could be.  I no longer have pain in the achilles when walking but I still feel tightness and stiffness.  I’ve also increased the amount of walking I do which in turn is improving my gait.  I still feel some stress in the intrinsic muscles in the foot when walking and doing PT.

All in all, the main message from both my PT and surgeon is that it will take time to get back to normal and there is no shortcut, just keep doing the PT and be patient.

To all the ‘newbies’ that have recently joined the ATR club, good luck and don’t despair.  Everyone says it gets better and it really does!

22 weeks but first blog post

Hi all,

I’m a little late getting started on my blog…. I have logged on to this site almost everyday since my ATR and have to say that it’s a great little community.  So much information and support!

A little info about me.  My achilles problems started around the fall of 2010.  I’m a recreational athlete and have competed in various races for about the last eleven years (tri’s, running races and cycling tours).  At the time I was entered in various races 1/2 marathons in Sept. and Oct., NYC marathon in Nov. and Boston marathon in Apr.  Needless to say that I as I upped the training and got great results, I also started on the tendinitis roller coaster.  After Boston (2011) I shut down the running and starting seeking medical advise.  Was told I had tendonopathy and went through various treatments such as:  eccentric heel dips, ESWT (Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy, Nitro glycerin patches, corizone (into the heel bursa), I think that just about covers it!  During this time I was still able to cycle and stay fit but eventually even walking became a painful limp.  My rupture occurred as I was walking up stairs to go to bed one night (Oct 21/12) and I had surgery Oct. 23/12.

So here I am at 22 weeks.  I often think I am behind in my recovery as I read of people walking w/o a limp or pain at this stage.  After using the search feature on this blog, I am reassured that I am not alone.  My PT’s mantra is that ‘it’s still early in your recovery’ and my mantra is ‘have patience and appreciate all you can do!’.

Have a great day to all reading this and happy recovery!

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