2 Shoes

Happy days, I have officially started wearing 2 shoes. After a few sessions on an Alter G I am boot free at home, slow and cautious but it feels fine. I can take small steps limp free, and pain free which feels awesome.
I am not pushing dorsi flexion too much right now, I know that it will come- the rest of my ROM is getting very close to my good leg. I just need to keep building strength and balance which I am not worried about, it will come over time. As far as my tendon goes it is doing well, not too much scar tissue- just has one section which is slightly narrower. With time and PT it will continue to fill out.
So at 10 weeks non-op things are on track for a successful and full recovery.
Happy healing to you all

5 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    normofthenorth said,

    November 1, 2014 @ 3:08 am

    Good stuff, don’t stop! :-)

  2. 2

    SR Richard said,

    November 1, 2014 @ 12:21 pm

    This entry made my day! I’m at the end of my third week. I just got my second cast and almost a 90° angle. I too had nonoperative treatment for a full Achilles rupture. I’m hoping my recovery is a successful as yours. I am 44 and live a very active life.

    Best wishes, Richard

  3. 3

    herewegoagain said,

    November 1, 2014 @ 1:48 pm

    Happy I brightened your day Richard! Early weight bearing and early physiotherapy are key in a successful recovery. All the best to you, Lisa

  4. 4

    atrbuff said,

    November 1, 2014 @ 1:56 pm

    Hooray, more non-ops!

    But a second cast Richard, so uncomfortable, maybe less safe, and less capable than a good modern boot, preferably with hinged ROM for gaining early mobility, retaining flexibility and minimising atrophy.

    Recasting is also expensive on manpower, materials and time, very old tech, I’d ask for a boot if I were you.

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    normofthenorth said,

    November 1, 2014 @ 10:44 pm

    Boots are important to conforming with the only successful non-op protocols, including the three listed/linked in Achillesblog.com/Cecilia/Protocols . They permit early mobility exercises and PT, as well as DIY adjustments for optimum support and fit and to avoid pressure points. Old-style repeated, protracted “conservative casting” was associated with miserably high rerupture rates, so Don’t Go There.
    Non-op treatment can be as good as or better than surgical treatment, but ONLY if a modern fast successful protocol is followed, so do that!

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