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    • Name: duke
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7 weeks - progress(?)

Posted by duke on November 14, 2011

7 weeks since my surgery.  I am in a phase where my progress continues but the pace has slowed.  I have been a bit frustrated but know that this is par for the course.

After my 6 week post-op visit I was down to two wedges with permission to drop to one when I felt ready.  I tried it and felt like I was doing okay until last Wednesday.  After being on my feet for most of the day, I had my first day of wondering whether working was the right thing for me to be doing.  I started getting more soreness in my achilles, a little too reminiscent of my achilles tendonosis pain and had a lot more swelling.  I elevated and massaged my ankle that night and then started alternating between one and two wedges through the rest of the week.

Went on a trip out of town (to Pittsburgh) and decided to relax, put two wedges in my boot for the weekend, and use one crutch.  I was on my feet for most of the day Saturday and really did okay.  Just didn’t feel like pushing it while going places/doing kids with my kids was going to further my cause.  Back to work today with one wedge all day and did all right–maybe slow and steady really will win the race.

Massaging my tendon has seemed to be helping me, less tightness, more relaxed ROM and helps get the swelling out at the end of a long day.  I have been obsessing a bit about ‘healing long’ (even though there aren’t clear answers to why it happens for some) because my ROM has been improving.  At the end of the day though, I am trying to follow my doc’s protocol, g-e-n-t-l-y stretch as symptoms allow, and follow my PT’s strengthening plan.

Until next time…

2 Responses to “7 weeks - progress(?)”

  1. Peter Says:

    Hi There

    I remember when I went to two edges , then one wedge and i too was sore for a few days, but in time it went away. I went back and forth for a few days and slowly the pain subsided. In my very non-professional opinion I would say this is a normal part of the rehab. As an example when I was at week 14 i spent a whole 4 day weekend in Birkenstocks (negative heel) and on the 5th day my heel was so sore I almost couldn’t walk. I met with the Dr and he said this was just the tendon pulling on the facia that I was just going deeper into “stretching” my tendon. Nothing wrong, just getting back to normal.

  2. normofthenorth Says:

    I think that’s what progress often looks like at that stage of rehab. The only part I can’t relate to is choosing to use one crutch. I HATED that!! Even a cane was better, and I couldn’t stand that for long, either!

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