ericm98’s AchillesBlog

Week 9 PT, Into 2 Shoes…Whew..What a Rush!

February 11, 2015 · 3 Comments

I literally almost cried at PT after taking a few steps. What a feeling.

Anyways, quick dateline…9 weeks post surgery, right foot ATR, 5 weeks post partial re-tear

Scar, tendon all feeling and healing well per PT. Did some massaging, bike with no boot, walking, stretching.

Will gradually transition to 100% in shoes over next week. I have flat feet and over pronante so I learned the nike frees are bad for me :(

Picked up some Brooks (beast and adrenaline brands) on the advice of PT.

Went from 0 degree boot right into the Nike free’s (which are almost like going barefoot) and no heel wedges. Things went well.

PT feels no need for heel wedges at this point.

Will continue PT x2 per week and at home exercises:

  • heel raises
  • laying hip thrusts
  • baby squats
  • therabands
  • Free DF/PF
  • biking

Goal is to be 100% in shoes and driving within the next week - 10 days.

Not sure if it’s been helping but here’s what I’ve been doing diet wise:

  • lots of protein
  • lots of water
  • 1000mg vitamin C supplements per day
  • Ligaplex I
  • 2-3 servings of Jello per day (for the gelatin)

Routinely icing throughout the day, no pain just habit I guess.

Only slight discomfort today was ankle on the bike but nothing bad at all.

Now the key is to not overdo it and get cocky with the recovery process. I’m very happy, thrilled even, given the re-tear at week 4 and my current timeline. Trying to maintain an even keeled attitude, for the last 9 weeks I’ve tried really hard to not get too high or too low and not overthink things. I plan on keeping that mindset b/c I’m at a vunerable stage now in shoes. I plan to ween off the boot slowly over the course of this week and next while taking it super easy.

It’s nice watching things get tucked away..the iWalk, one crutch, etc.

Onward and upward

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3 responses so far ↓

  • farnz // Feb 11th 2015 at 7:12 pm

    Great update Eric, glad to see things are going well. And thanks for the information, you always have good takeaways to implement.

    Here’s to continuing on the recovery train!!!!

  • donna // Feb 11th 2015 at 8:09 pm

    YAY for you.

  • andrew choe // Feb 12th 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Nice update. I am 12 weeks post op and feel that I am falling behind a bit. I am doing 2 leg heel raises but can not do 1 leg heel raise on injured foot without feeling a pinch in the achilles area. Are you able to do 1 leg heel raises? I am getting concerned now that sometimes when I walk I feel the same pinch and feels a lot better when I ice the area and elevate.

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