ericm98’s AchillesBlog

13 Weeks..New Hurdle

March 11, 2015 · 3 Comments

So far I’ve been pretty fortunate with respect to swelling, pain, and discomfort. I’ve had minimal throughout the process.

Gait has been cleaned up quite well, I’m back to using my stand up desk during the day with no problem, and I’m back to going to the gym and doing 30 or so mins on the eliptical at a pretty good clip.

Now, we are moving to what I think is going to be a tough hurdle. Calf strengthening, single leg calf raises, etc.

My only issue with walking at the moment is a slight limp on push off. So today we did the leg press with surgical foot (ball of) on the bottom with the heel off. 20 pounds to start. I am to straighten the leg and push down with the ball of my foot and roll back by dropping the heal.

20 pounds was too much so we went down to 10. Now I wouldn’t call this “pain” per se, like I didn’t feel like grabbing my tendon or stopping the motion nor did I feel any sharp pains.

I did feel the pull though and the muscle fatigue/achiness one feels when getting near the end of a tough weight set. I was told that was normal and to expect some of that during this time period. Being that it’s really the first time I’ve ever felt anything like that in the tendon area I was pretty nervous. So I’ll do a little more RICE today than normal and try to more mentally prepare myself for this new challenge. Being doing nighttime elevation as well, as I work my previous workout routine back into the mix.

Nothing else has changed, things are pretty much back to normal now re: working, working out, playing with the kids, driving, shopping, etc. So for that I’m grateful. Hopefully I’ll get this thing strengthened right up by the end of April in time for vacation, which will require a fair bit of walking. I can walk for awhile before any noticeable fatigue sets in but that push off needs work…

Also, went back on the bball court yesterday just to shoot some free throws…at the same end of the court where I had my ATR back in December.

Onward and upward.

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3 responses so far ↓

  • skelonas // Mar 11th 2015 at 4:15 pm

    And 1! Knock down those free throws Eric - you certainly earned them!

  • bailey // Mar 16th 2015 at 2:48 pm

    Until this injury I had never had any feeling in my tendon area so any sensation there now is new and a bit weird. A tired tendon isn’t something I ever expected to feel. Tired muscles yes, but a tired tendon?

  • ericm98 // Mar 16th 2015 at 3:02 pm

    Yeah…lots of weird feelings I’ve experienced since December :)

    Weirdly when I did the exercise again Friday it was much easier and smoother as were my one legged balancing tasks (I feel like a zoo exhibit sometimes).

    It’s fascinating how quickly the body (and mind) respond.

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