ericm98’s AchillesBlog

Week 12 Update Slow and Steady

March 2, 2015 · 6 Comments

Not too much to report on, really loving the Brooks sneakers though. If I’m out for long periods I still due the gauze and magic tape around the bottom of my scar as that is where the shoe rubs.

Have my 3/mo OS follow up today..nothing major, poked/prodded, went over PT. Expects me to be able to resume full athletic activities within 2-3 months which is excellent news but not to rush things (I doubt I’ll personally get back into anything high impact at all really…just walking and jogging is fine with me..swimming, etc)

PT down to 1x per week on Wednesdays, mostly for gauging progress and tolerance. All exercises are being done at home. I’ve grateful that my PT and OS are not money grabbers and give me honest advice (like, I personally don’t need to go to PT 2-3 x per week, didn’t necessarily need 2nd surgery after partial re-tear, etc).

Doing squats now, fast walking, seated heel raises, double toe raises, and some light work on leg press.

Ankle still swells from time to time, no pain really just occasionally some achy-ness if I’ve done too much the day before. Walking step over step upstairs now, but not down yet. One legged balancing, etc.

Have totally ditched boot (sleeping w/out it is so nice), scooter, and iWalk. Walking barefoot is going ok when needed.

Went back to the scene of the crime for the first time last week to do some light bike and elliptical work, walking by the court was a fairly powerful moment.

Overall just going day by day, certainly noticing marked improvements in gait and push off. Hoping to keep that going, the process day to day is slow but as with other milestones it feels longer than it really is.

Focus now is on cleaning up the gait and then moving into some more dynamic stuff with some light jogging maybe in a couple weeks.

I have vacations coming up in about 2 months and I’m hopeful, as long as I don’t do anything foolish or have an unfortunate accident I hope to be pretty close to 100% with respect to walking and normal activities (not anything dynamic mind you). Both my OS and PT feel that is a very achievable goal.

Hope you all are moving in the right direction. Onward and upward.

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6 responses so far ↓

  • donna // Mar 2nd 2015 at 4:05 pm

    YAY! Sounds good eric…pretty much what most of us experience by 12 weeks. Just one month ahead of you and I can see the progress from week 12 - week 16…such as small moments of walking now where I don’t feel anything different in the repaired tendon than in the unrepaired one, the ability to walk downstairs normally, and of course being able to put your pants on normally…you have that to look forward to along with your vacation! YAY!

  • normofthenorth // Mar 2nd 2015 at 5:50 pm

    Check out bit.ly/downthestairs
    for a tricky way to walk down stairs “normally” while you’re still short of ROM and/or strength.

  • skelonas // Mar 4th 2015 at 5:30 pm

    Making great progress Eric! Interesting what you said about walking by the court where you had your tear. I hadn’t really thought about it, but it will likely be intense for me as well. I hadn’t been playing hoops really at all for 2 years, and in any kind of league for probably 8 years, and that first men’s league game for me was so much fun, then pop, that’s the end of it. Likely will be intense.

  • cjernigan81 // Mar 5th 2015 at 12:56 pm

    Eric,
    Last week, I also watched a basketball game on the court where I ruptured my achilles. It was definitely a grim reminder of the crime scene and where it all started and how much I don’t want to go through this again.

    I’m at 10 wks and just got into two shoes today so things are definitely looking up. If we can get rid of this snow and ice in Tennessee, I would be doing much better though!

  • ericm98 // Mar 5th 2015 at 9:24 pm

    It was probably a heightened sense of intensity Skelonas b/c this was playing in my ear buds at the time

    youtube.com/watch?v=mgmVOuLgFB0

    BTW - Pats didn’t pick up Vince’s option, that’s sad.

    I’m up in Rhode Island cjernigan81, I think I’ll have snow in my yard until May haha..be careful out there.

  • squashedat // Mar 6th 2015 at 3:58 pm

    Hi Eric,
    good to see things are going well…..good one on the scene of the crime, will have to try it out and see how that feels……

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