2+ years post surgery

June 5th, 2015

It’s been about 2 years and a few months for me post surgery.  I was extremely active before with soccer but have felt it’s too risky to fully return to the level I was prior to surgery.

My rupture was a bit different than most peoples.  My Achilles tore completely off my calf muscle which kept me in a cast for quite some time and atrophy set it strong.

2 years out now and my calf still has serious strength issues which is my main concern for not being able to play competitively any longer.  I still even when trying for weeks straight to gain strength and endurance in my left calf, can’t seam to get over the hurdle.  After 10-15 calf raises my calf cramps and I simply can’t continue, it psychically isn’t possible.

Has anyone else had this experience?  At this point I’m 32 years old and know the time is now to push it and gain my strength back but not sure if it will ever be possible at this point.

Other than my calf, I rarely have achilles pain.  Flexibility seems to be normal.  My calf is still visibly different than my right calf.  At work I walk a few miles a day I assume and I’m always standing.  Even so, my calf won’t gain strength.

I really need some advice or thoughts on this.  Thank you for any advice, tips, knowledge you may share with me!

2 Responses to “2+ years post surgery”

  1. donna on June 5, 2015 11:48 pm

    Put tomtom in the search box on the top right of the main page. In his blog he talks about how he couldn’t gain calf strength nor increase the size of his calf, perhaps you’ll find what your looking for there. Best of luck.

  2. housemusic on June 24, 2015 7:13 pm

    I am almost four years post op on my ATR and I have never regained the strength and size in my operated leg. In addition, my leg is atrophied and about 1.5 inches smaller in circumference than the non operated leg. I have also lost my balance. Needless to say, I no longer engage in the activities I used to love, but life goes on.
    From what I understand, all the above is quite common in ATR victims but a trip to the doctor may be useful. Perhaps a bit more therapy or an exercise regimen you can do on your own?
    I have done my eccentric contractions almost every day for the past 3 years. No progress with the size but I do see a bit of muscle when I flex, and I do feel a bit stronger.

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