May 07

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So I am coming up on my 9-month mark in two-weeks!  Things are going well.  I started jogging about 3 weeks ago and got back on a basketball court last week (just shooting around).

Aside for some occasional Achilles soreness, life is feeling pretty normal.  For those of you that recently injured your achilles, hang in there!  Before you know it, you’ll be back on your feet.

That all said, I don’t need my VACOcast boot anymore, so I am passing it on to someone else that needs it.  It was a great boot that allows me to progressively push my Achilles.  You can even swim in it!

Nov 11

So it’s almost been 3 months since my injury.  Time has been flying by quickly!

It’s been great having normal shoes on full time now.  I still have a pretty noticeable limp since my right leg can’t fully dorsiflex yet and my right calf is still pretty atrophied compared to my left foot.  I really can’t complain though since life has been so much more normal the past 2 weeks compared to the last couple months.  Being able to drive again is so liberating!

Question to all the readers, how soon are you guys able to go down stairs with alternating legs?  My doc said that’ll happen much later since it requires quite a bit of dorsiflexion.

Happy healing everyone!

Oct 28

Cleared for 2-shoes outdoors!!!!

Which also means, DRIVING!!!!

BYE BYE, BOOT!  It’s been great, but I won’t miss you at all.

Oct 21

First of all, I finally got my disabled placard yesterday!  Yes, 9 weeks too late…  (Took a while to get the doctor’s signature since he is 1.5 to 2 hours drive away and scheduling a DMV appt took a while too)

In my last update, I mentioned going to neutral a week early.  Well, after 3 days of it, I felt a little Achilles pain, so I quickly switched back a 10 degrees lift.  After a week (week 8), I gave neutral another try and I’ve been in neutral for about a week now.  Feeling pretty comfortable in neutral now.  For those using the Vaco boot, switching between the 15 degrees wedge and the flat bottom is definitely a big jump.

Lastly, I JUST STARTED 2-SHOES INDOORS LAST NIGHT!!!  It felt a little weird to be in two shoes for the first time in over two months, but no pain, so I can’t complaint.  Making progress!

Happy healing everybody!

Oct 10

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Oct 08

I visited my doctor for a check-up today and got a couple pieces of good news!

He said my progress was good.  So far I’ve been pretty painless and almost no swelling.  My ROM is great too.  Because I am looking pretty good, he is allowing me to move towards neutral a week early!  AND I no longer have to wear the boot when I sleep.  AND if I feel pretty good in a week, I can be 2-shoes around the house!!!!

2-shoes in a week!  So excited!  (But also a little nervous too)

Hopefully everybody is doing well too.  Happy healing!

Oct 03

I just started FWB 3 days ago and it’s awesome to be able to use my hands again!  I think one of the best things with FWB is to be able to walk and use my phone at the same time! :)

The timing of FWB was impeccable.  We just had 80 people at our son’s 5th birthday party.  It was so great to be able to help with setting up, walking around the party, and cleaning up.  My heel felt a bit beat up after a day of standing, but otherwise I am feeling pretty good.

I was a little tentative to follow the schedule and go FWB AND down to -10 degrees (from -20), so I have myself at -15 degrees and I’ll inch down to -10 as the week progresses.

Happy healing everybody!

Sep 27

Just a quick update…

I just had my 2nd PT session yesterday.  We started working on my hips and lower back.  Some of the hip exercises felt awkward since I’ve never done those movements before.  For example, doing leg lifts on my stomach and side leg lifts inwards (toward other leg as opposed to way from body).  Also got on the bike for a 10 minutes.  It felt good to do some exercises.  The Achilles felt really good after the massage too.

After week and a half of PWB, my legs are feeling pretty ready for FWB!  In case I am a bit clumsy when I get back to FWB, I bought myself a cane.  Don’t want to risk falling down.  It seems like the #1 cause for re-rupture.

Happy healing everybody!

Sep 22

After waiting a month for my disabled placard, I finally got my… REJECTION!

I got rejected since I didn’t send in the original doctor’s signature.  So annoyed!

Sep 22

So I had my first PT visit today nearly 5 weeks after my injury.

He was completely shocked that I went the non-op route considering I had a complete rupture, I am still relatively young (35 y/o), and have an almost 5 year old son.  Totally making me second guess my decision.  :(  Hopefully I don’t regret it later….

Other than that, the session went pretty good.  I got a nice massage that loosened the tendon quite a bit.  It wasn’t painful at all!  I also learned from the PT that a complete rupture is actually less painful since all the nerves were also ruptured.  That’s a silver lining :)

Other than the massage, I did some VERY gentle exercises pushing my toes side to side and slightly up (not to stretch the Achilles at all).  Also picked up some marbles with my foot.

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