Figured I’d contribute back and provide some comments 6 months post-op.

It’s nice to walk again and be able to keep up to just about everyone :)

Been starting p90x again.. certainly do notice my good leg being much stronger than my ruptured leg.. the leg itself is also smaller.

Late in the day it gets tired if i’ve walked on it all day.. but its still very very bearable.

Good shoes are a must! I find good sneakers and really good johnston murphy’s are a must for work.  I can’t comfortably wear my flippers (sandals) for long periods of time unfortunately… and its hot here in the summer!

My scar looks absolutely horrible.. maybe due to some of the infection I encountered a while back.. I will try to get a picture of it posted here for all to see… its bad.  Everyone says its bad… oh well - i’m over that because I’m just happy I can walk.

I do try to go for a 1 mile walk every morning with the dog to get my day started.. thats where I notice one leg being weaker than the other (as well as any leg workoug during p90x. single leg wall squats are almost impossible on the bad leg).

But.. I do notice it improving slowly as time goes by.  Each week is better than the next (just in very small increments..)

Stay strong!

5 Responses to “6 months later… checking in”

  1. payday loans Says:

    Good luck on your recovery. It would be really hard to do the p90x program with a bad leg.

  2. andreea Says:

    Hi there,
    Wonderful to hear you are so active. I am just over the 2 months mark and I would love to be able to walk in normal shoes again. I am just embarking on the 2-shoes bit of the journey now so I know it’s gonna hurt a bit and frustrate me a bit too, so good to read your story of success. As for the scar, tell the wusses to just chin up and if they “can’t handle the jandal” (good old Kiwi proverb we have back home) not to look at it. It’s a mark of brave recovery, determination and most of all a happy ending.

  3. Nate Says:

    I just turned 6 months post op two weeks ago beginning of September… 26 athletic played college football, was training for a marathon when I ruptured it. Ruptured do to someone stepping on my foot as I was jumping and fighting for a rebound in a competitive bball league. Doc and my P.T people got me on a Walk Run regiment now its been aggressive all 6 months though. Boot off walking on it in less than a month with a series of lifts going down to no lifts when I could. Walking running almost normal now, its weak though and fatigues quickly. I envy you for starting p90 x. I don’t quite trust my foot yet to start that again. My bad calve is still CONSIDERABLY smaller than my good one. Its usually sore every morning, but when I go to work it loosens up fairly quickly, but still a dull tolerable pain. Can’t wait till month 8 for me, That’s when I’m back to the grind. Don’t think I’ll play A league basketball though. Too ruff and won’t have the confidence, I think I’ll be just a step behind everyone else.. Think I’ll start with E, with the outta shapers :) (and I’ll be one of them this year :))and we’ll see how that goes… Probably wont ever be able to dunk again but o well. Stay strong, it is a very very very time consuming process. Stick with p.t. and try to walk as normally as possible, Make a conscientious effort on every step not to limp. You’d be surprise on what all gets weak, not just your calve but all the ligaments in your foot that help you with balance. Walking on it as much as possible really helped me out over the last 6 months. Keep with it, it gets better, I NEVER thought I’d reach this point but here I am.


  4. normofthenorth Says:

    +1 to everything you said, Nate. But I’m surprised how many people report experiences like yours — fast aggressive rehab, with lots of PT and exercise and STILL have significant deficits after a pretty long time.

    I’ve been much more lackadaisical than you and Foozed about exercising (as I was 8 yrs ago when I had my first ATR on the other side), but I’m still surprised that my calf strength is still wimpy after NINE months. I can only do a couple of really short 1-leg heel raises, maybe just under an inch. That is better than a month ago, but at this rate. . .

    8 yrs ago the whole recovery was different. I was immobilized “forever” in a series of casts before I even got into a walking (hinged) boot, then I stayed in that “forever”. Then one day, while I was still hanging out in the boot, I noticed that I could walk normally, even barefoot. That same day, I was capable of doing 3 or 4 good-height heel raises, too — though I should NOT have been talking into DOING them (by my PT). I then suffered real pain behind the heel, which didn’t go away for a whole month!

    But after that setback, at around 5 months, my calf was presumably strong enough to do at least ONE good high 1-leg heel raise, which is more than I can do now at 9 months. And I’ve had a MUCH shorter immobilization, with quick rehab and PT starting at TWO WEEKS after I started.

    I did skip the surgery this time. But we’re talking about calf strength here, not how my AT has healed. My ROM is perfect, so every indication is that my healed AT length is perfect. I feel great, almost 100% normal. Other than the calf-strength deficit, the only lingering effect is a slight tenderness under my heel. No problem in shoes or barefoot on normal surfaces. But when I wear the little bumpy “massage sandals” that I used to live in constantly while at home, my left heel still gets a little unhappy.

    Back to the calf strength: Doesn’t it HAVE to be true that a shorter immobilization and quicker mobility and PT and exercise and WB means less calf-muscle atrophy and a quicker return to full strength? There are certainly examples of bloggers here — doug53 pops to mind — who’ve followed that program with great results. But there are a remarkable number of counter-examples, too, including the three of us. Maybe the FOUR of us, including my first ATR.

    There is one more variable in my case, that I haven’t mentioned: I did go from a 56-year-old to a 64-year-old between my two ATRs. But I was still playing competitive volleyball with a bunch of 30-somethings. AFAICS, I had lost nothing in speed or vertical. In fact, I’d switched from competitive 6-on-6 court ball to competitive 4-on-4 court ball, and I’d also taken up some serious beach volleyball, including some (brutal!) 2-on-2 beach. Not your typical 64-y-o (now 65), but maybe that age thing is still holding me back this time.


  5. Brian Kachel Says:

    So almost 2 months since the last post.. strength continues to improve - very slowly. Much slower that I’d have thought.
    I still do tend to walk with a very minor limp, but as suggested I tried walking without one at all today and it does cause more of your muscles to work - so will try this continuously to see if that builds the missing links that bring all of this machine back to a harmonized state.

    Calf.. still much smaller.
    Scar - oh yeah its still very ugly.
    Pics here

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