Week 11 Update

Today I had my 3rd check up with my ortho, and he gave me the ok to start putting more weight onto my injured leg and transition out of my crutches. The wound is healing and I discussed with him my concerns which I had over  the last two weeks.

Since the removal of my cast, the therapy sessions (4 thus far) have been small ROM exercises. I was not able to put my injured foot on the neutral position. Again I was a bit hesitant (and scared) to do harder exercises.

Well after my check up with the ortho and his assurance for me to put more weight on my leg, I had my 5th PT session (PT in the same building). Last week my therapist explained to me that I have to start with stretching the tendon to at least the neutral position.

During today’s PT session, and after my ortho’s comments, my therapist had me do tendon stretching exercises, and exercises to gradually have my body weight on the injured leg. Well, the exercises were kind of painful (but bearable) and I was astonished on the feeling of having the body weight on my leg. And how weak my right leg has become.

all in all, I am now able to put my foot on the neutral position. Today’s exercises helped in loosen up the tendon a bit, so finally I am able to put my foot flat on the floor. That’s a great feeling for me, after a long time. A small but important step/ progress  forward, this cheered me up today, especially after the last two weeks of little progress.

the therapist recommended for me to keep doing the exercises at home to keep up the progress. Progress, It feels good :-)

Week 9 update

So now it has been 9 weeks post op. Last week my hard cast was removed and the surgeon recommended PT right away.

So far I’ve attended 2 PT sessions, which the therapist is taking it very slowly, with ROM exercises. Besides the Atrophy of my right calf, the tendon is very stiff. I cannot do dorsiflexion at all, but I do have some Plantar flexion.

I would like to hear from you guys, how your regaining dorsiflexion/ flexion experience were? How long it took? Any pain experienced?

I’ve taken it a bit slower than usual, as I’ve noticed that my wound was not healing fast enough and getting a bit bigger around the edges, which was due to the movements exercises, which stretches the skin around the wound on the back of my heal. Luckaly it is now “drying up”/ closing. Once fully closed I will amp up the PT exercises (as indicated and listening to my body).

Today, for the first time since removing the cast, I’ve been experiences swelling of my foot, and feels warmer and gets a bit red (like blood gushing in) than my good foot. This is when I stand for a few minutes on crutches, but it goes away when I elevate my foot. Has anyone experienced this?

Scare moment

Today as I was crutching around the house, when I lost my balance (due to one crutch got stuck at a wall corner). As I reflex and to prevent from falling, I stepped hard on my injured leg, which this week I started PWB. The scab on my healing wound opened and blood gushed out. I was scared and my main concern is re-rupture.
Right know wound has been dressed, the foot elevated, some swelling.
I’ve touched the tendon area and seems ok hard and I still have the partial movements I started to regain this week. Tomorrow will be my first PT sessions, hope then I will also check with my surgeon to check.

Week 6 & 1st follow up visit

Today was my first appointment (week 6 post op NWB) with my ortho surgeon. At first the consultation went well, he explained that I will go straight to PWB (with crutches) for the first week or so, no boots, just plain foot. Also, that PT to start right away and even scheduled my first session the following day. I was soo excited at this news, until we proceeded to remove the cast and the stitches.

The wound incision healed well, no signs of infection, the tendon attachment seems that went well. However, there was a problem where the head of the screw, he used to put back the piece of calcaneal bone back together, came out through the skin of my heal.

He sends me to the hospital’s cast division (hospital is just less than 5 minutes drive), where he will have to remove the screw, otherwise the wound the screw made, won’t heal which could lead to an infection and other complications.

The screw was removed using a surgical screwdriver. The wound bled a bit, then it was cleaned up and dressed with antibiotics coated wound dressing.

Because of this unwanted development, he orders for my leg to be put in a half plaster cast for 1 week (NWB), as a precaution and to allow the wound to heal.

Next Monday I will have my 2nd follow up visit to remove the cast/check the wound, and hopefully all will go well, so that I can start with PT as originally discusssed.

I feel a bit down for this setback as I was really looking forward to start PT and PWB. Now I have to wait for another week, and my PT sessions postponed until I get the ok again.

Week 4 post-op

Well it’s been 1 month since my AT surgery, and looking back I can’t believe a month has already passed.
My current status is that I’m still in the hard cast NWB, my first Doctor’s appointment is for 10/2 (seems so far away). These past 2 weeks I’m sort of getting myself into some sort of at home routine (lots of reading, movies, TV) and crutching around the house.
I eased off the pain releave I was prescribed (diclofenac sodium) mostly because of the side effects I’ve read. Now here and there I’m just taking Advil. Also, This week was the last dose of the daily injections of blood thinners (to prevent cloth).
What I’ve noticed is that this past week, I’ve feeling like “current” going through my heal area, and feels a bit like a burning/tingling sensation and swelling, but it goes away as soon as I keep leg elevated and no movement for a few minutes. I was a bit worried if it might be some signs of infection (which is my main concern atm). Especially, while in this hard cast I cannot inspect the wound. I don’t feel the rushing of fluids down my leg everytime I put my leg down, as it did in the first 2 weeks post op,  but the swelling still persist, especially at night time.

Overall I keep a positive attitude, and thinking on the things I’ve taken for granted like; Walking, driving, being independent, and yes working (I get full paid leave during my recovery at home). Looking forward for when the cast comes off, but wondering what would be next. We’ll see.

Post Op Pain

I’m now 16 days post op, and last night I had the most uncomfortable pain thus far. It felt like a burning and like electric current running through the back of my heal up my tendon. It felt uncomfortable and even though I was my leg raised, the swelling didn’t go away.
I was surprised, since the last couple of days the pain level was so much less. Has anyone experiences something similar a couple of weeks post op?
This morning the pain has lessened, but still some swelling.

Recovering Achilles Surgery

Hi all,

Two weeks ago I ruptured the Achilles’ tendon on my right foot playing tennis. The next  day on the 15th of August, I was scheduled for repair operation. The operation went well, and according t my orthopedic surgeon, the tore was very close to the bone, as well as a small part of the calcaneus bone was fractured along with the tendon, which he had to put back together with a screw.

After the operation, the pain was tolerable though I was on pain killers regimen for the next three days post op, along with a soft cast. On the 4th day post op, x-ray was taken on my healing foot, and a hard cast was put on leg, which according to my doctor I have to be in for the next 6 six weeks NWB.

I’ve been recovering at home for the last week now, and what I’ve notice is my foot swells when put my healing leg/foot down the pillow or when I’m walking around the house using my crutches.

My next appointment with the surgeon is for the 2nd of October, hopefully then I will get more in depth details from my doctor about what’s next in the recovery period.

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