2 Shoes at 5 1/2 Weeks

Went to two shoes with heel lifts today.  Still wear the boot if I’m out in the yard or on uneven surfaces.  Am riding an exercise bike 40 minutes daily and working with ROM after warm whirlpool then ice in a game ready unit for 20 minutes.  Began gentle no resistance toe raises and can feel calf muscle starting to ‘wake up’.  Have been walking carefully around the house barefoot.  Jury is still out on the physical benefits of EWB but there is no question it has made a huge difference mentally.  Hoping to be on an elliptical and walking program in two more weeks and possibly on a road bike.  Hoping to golf as well.  So far, so good.

8 Responses to “2 Shoes at 5 1/2 Weeks”

  1. ggrace57,

    Good for you! It’s nice to get away from crutches and then the boot but be careful. From what I’ve read the tendon needs 2 months to heal and there are not a lot of nerves to tell you it’s hurting so take it easy on the sports schedule. I read somewhere here that a guy re-ruptured at 5 weeks playing golf. Waking up that calf should stop any more atrophy. Push ahead but stop at any discomfort and avoid setbacks.

  2. The stats I’ve seen/heard say that the vast majority of re-ruptures happen in the first 12 weeks. Maybe consistent with the first 8 or 9 being especially high-risk. And for sure, the weeks when you’re first out of the boot’s (or cast’s) protection is an especially vulnerable and scary time.

    It gives new meaning to “Watch your step!”

  3. Thanks for sharing that with us ggrace57. I am waiting for my surgery next week, and I am looking for some positives, like being able to put 2 shoes on and no cruches. Be safe and best of luck.

  4. I was a rare retear at 13 weeks, heed the warnings, I was going great but in a hurry one day stepped wrong and it all came to an end. I was cycling, walking doing a lot of ADL’s feeling like I was back o normal. My advice is until you have complete controle of the 1 leg toe raise you are still vunreable.

    I’m 4 1\2 weeks post reinjury, no surgery yet, I’m trying the conservative route this time. To get my hinged boot soon. I’ll keep you all updated with progress.

  5. So you were walking in the pool when the retear occurred?

  6. Scott, you’ve got to start a blog, to put your interesting story in one place! Gunner, part of the rest of Scott’s story is now on Mazmouza’s page.

    Next time, go the non-surgical route (preferably NOT very “conservative” or slow) the FIRST time! That’s what the scientific studies prove it’s definitely great at. It may work great for you on the rerupture, too, but those are rare enough that it’s impossible to put together a good study.

  7. Yes the studies show about 2% at my age and time post surgery will rerupture. At 48 I’m supposed to be smart enough to not do anything stupid. But lack of guidance was a downfall. That is why I’ve been drawn to this site.

  8. I think a number of us “stumbled” into situations that weren’t safe — I know I did! But most of us just got scared, and didn’t re-rupture. Once when I was walking in my hinged boot with a bunch of friends, talking among ourselves on the sidewalk, they couldn’t keep up with me(!), so I spun around and started walking fast BACKWARDS — BIG mistake! It turns out that walking backwards (even in a hinged boot) is GREAT calf exercise, and MUCH too advanced and strenuous and hard on the leg than I was ready for at 7-ish weeks! Fortunately, my leg immediately told me so, I said “Yikes!” to myself, spun around again, and I was fine.

    Another time, in 2 shoes at maybe 10 weeks (my blog knows!), walking fast in a parking lot, I got the bright idea to get rid of my little “gimp-limp” (the dip at the end of my stride, from calf-strength deficit) by walking in a slight crouch. (I figured that I could just STAY at the “dip” height, so I wouldn’t “dip” down to it.) VERY BAD IDEA, and I almost crumbled to the pavement in big pain! That was a minor version of what you did in the water (pushing hard on an ankle that was dorsiflexed too far), but my AT survived it, unlike yours.

    I was quite a bit older than 48 when I did these brilliant things.

    In short, I think we’re ALL supposed to be smarter (and better “guided”) than we really are! Most of us were just luckier than you were, Scott.

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