Next step- 7 weeks and 2 shoes!

Well I am happy to report that at the 7 week mark I was able to ditch the boot and best of all released to drive again! Nothing worse then lengthy road trips with your wife in the driver seat…not good for the marriage :-). My PT needed to see strength increases and balance. I was able to rep some single leg calf raises @30lbs. It was quite nice to see the calf muscle engaged and doing work, everything to date did not require the muscle. So after 2 full days of walking in shoes I am surprised with the normalcy of it. Yes, I have the ATR limp but I feel quite stable. Every step is deliberate and trying to exaggerate the push off to get the calf back to work. Very minor swelling to speak of, this worried me reading some of the stories here of folks fighting swelling months down the road. So PT from now on is up to 3 days a week with strength conditioning the focus. This is up from once a week. I still do band work at home as well as gym time. Next goals are simple, keep progressing and maybe get that first 5k run in April…which would be around week 13 or 14. Long shot goal is to get some late season snowboard runs in with my 2 little boys, they have been ripping it up all year which is keeping my wife on the hill a lot! Cheers to you all and thanks for the continued support and feedback.

4 Responses to “Next step- 7 weeks and 2 shoes!”

  1. jackinva
    March 10th, 2013 | 9:36 am

    Hey Dusman! Thank YOU for the update and the positive report. After having a setback at 10 days, I’m just sitting and waiting and patiently believing that this will get better. I’m concerned about re-injuring this a 3rd time and I will probably be taking a very cautious approach towards my recovery. I’ve already decided to go into a cast later this week at my follow-up appt. I won’t be going back to work for at least another 3 - 4 weeks and as long as I’m stuck at home, my primary job is to take it easy and let this tendon heal well.

  2. Hillie
    March 10th, 2013 | 9:48 am

    Why a cast and not a boot

  3. Hillie
    March 10th, 2013 | 9:50 am

    Why a cast and not a boot?

  4. Jack
    March 10th, 2013 | 5:05 pm

    Hi Hillie, Last week was the 2nd time I’d injured my achilles (1st = Feb 7 - total rupture while snowboarding, surgery on 2-14, and re-torn on 2-25 when I stumbled on crutches and stepped on the foot without the boot on). Had surgery again last week on 3-7 and am back in the splint till Friday 3-15.
    Once the splint comes off I could either go into the boot or a cast. If that cast is on, it WON’T come off. I won’t even think about trying to hobble to the bathroom on crutches without the boot on. I had my right arm in a cast for 7 weeks a few years ago and it was very strong and lightweight - much less than the AirCast boot.
    I just don’t want to even take the chance of a mis-step in the next month and screwing it up even more. My job is on the line. That’s why I’m going for the cast this time.

    (If it really sucks I’ll saw it off and put the boot back on)

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