Filed under: Medical | Tags: achilles, acupuncture, Buenos Aires, Frances Ren, rehab, Vaco cast, VacoCAST
Hi everyone. It’s been 8 weeks, and so much has happened since that infamous POP.
My Achilles Rupture was a high rupture, meaning the doctor actually recommended non-surgery and to cast. Seeing I live in Argentina, they wanted me in the cast for 8 weeks. After having read all the information hear I knew non-surgery was the correct choice but 8 weeks was definitely too long in a cast. So the fun began at week 5…
I had a friend bring me back the Vaco Cast for my achilles from the States. WOW. What a #%#@! awesome piece of equipment. Brooke at VacoCAST (Oped) was great and shipped it within 1 day to get it to my friend before she left to come back to Argentina.
I waited to the 5th week to get my cast off because I wanted to go straight into the VacoCAST. Unfortunately it took me seeing 3 doctors until one finally agreed to cut it off (the other two were like “that’s not how we do it in Argentina”). So into the boot I went, set at 20 degrees, and my calf half the size of its twin. Sigh…
So here’s a timeline now…
Week 0 - 5 In cast (Non surgical option)
Week 5 - In VacoCAST set at 20 degree - work on range of motion of foot and get acupuncture treatment daily
Week 6 - VacoCAST now set to 17.5 degree and continuing the above treatments with massage as well. Lots of swelling at the end of the day
Week 7 - VacoCAST set to 15 degrees. Swimming with a pool buoy between the legs. AWESOME to get some exercise in finally. On one crutch and Partial weight bearing (PWB). Continuing acupuncture and massage.
Week 8 - VacoCAST at 0 degree (so my foot is now at 90 yay!). Swimming without pool buoy. Getting acupuncture and massage. Limping in the pool. Range of motion has readily improved.
So here I am… some thoughts on the whole ordeal.
- The VacoCAST is worth every penny. Not only can you take it on and off (and have a normal shower!) the slow progression to 90 is a god send and it seems like the right thing to do.
- Showers with a chair suck.
- Acupuncture triggers the muscles to start working again. Highly recommend. I was going to Frances Ren - a great acupuncturist here in Buenos Aires (http://www.francesren.com)
- My wife rocks.
- I should probably have started PWB earlier (like week 5)
- My foot feels like it’s on pins and needles when I place it down and my heel is quite sore after a day of limping around
- This site is great for your mental health