17 weeks– more good stuff
Today was my 17 weeks post-op for Achilles Debridement and Repair surgery (not ATR) with my Ortho. I won’t need to go back now unless I have an unexpected problem, or when it’s time to have the left AT done (sigh… we’re hoping that won’t be for years! I am in NO hurry to go through this again!) At the end of the appointment, the Ortho showed me some photos of Ultra races he completed after having the same surgery.
So, everything is looking really good and healing well. I had gotten a bit behind healing schedule when I had trouble getting to FWB a while back, but now he said I am actually ahead of where I was expected to be.
I have been given the OK to begin RUNNING in the next couple of weeks!!! :) I will start first on the track by jogging the straights and walking the curves. Once I get running steady, I can move to the rail trail and roads, and finally to my hilly singletrack trails. In the mean time, I can build up with the elliptical trainer which feels like running a bit. (I started on that with the PT yesteday.) I can now add standing climbs on the Spinning bike. I can start riding my road bike now on flat roads, being extra careful with clipping out of the pedals and adding hills gradually. I can carry on with hiking trails adding distance and more difficult terrian.
Yesterday at PT I was able to do single leg heel raises for the first time! I could do double leg heel raises for a while, but the right leg wouldn’t lift w/o the left. My PT has said that I can’t start running until I can do them, so I had been trying for a week unsuccessfully. Yesterday he tried different ways to get the muscles to remember how to fire…and then suddenly I COULD do it! I did 5 sets of 4 single leg lifts, which was enough for the first day. It was nice that the other PT’s were cheering me on, too–very encouraging atmosphere.
So, I am feeling very optimistic about things this week. My forefoot is still my biggest issue, and the Ortho and PT are both confident that will work itself out over time. It was caused by being immobile in the boot for so long. I feel it’s a pain that is mostly tolerable and doesn’t get worse unless I do too much, and it’s getting better with PT.