17 weeks along

There is finally light at the end of the tunnel. It is not all that close but I am finally feeling like a sense of normal is coming back.
I am 17 weeks post ATR non op and no longer feel walking is totally foreign.
I can do a bunch of feeble single leg heel raises without feeling like my foot is being crushed which in my world is very exciting.
Next challenges to tackle- coming down stairs like a normal person and matching up my calves. My first ATR leg now has less calf muscle. And I thought that one advantage of doubling up the ATR experience would be somewhat matching up my legs!
Wishing everyone a happy Christmas and all the best for 2015!

5 Responses so far »

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    donna said,

    December 18, 2014 @ 1:56 pm

    “Matching up your legs”…that’s funny!

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    normofthenorth said,

    December 18, 2014 @ 6:26 pm

    I forget all the details, but… Do I remember correctly that this (non-op) rehab has been significantly quicker than your previous (post-op) rehab? If not, I wonder why your ATR2 (L) calf should be bigger. It’s conceivable that there’s still some inflammation at 17 weeks, though I wouldn’t expect much. Any theories?

    Most people use their uninjured leg (or in your case and mine, the long-since-healed leg) so much that they worry about rupturing the other AT, or doing something similar. So I wouldn’t expect your rehab exercise routine to have developed your left (#2) calf muscle more than your right…

    If you’re walking down stairs asymmetrically (always leading with your left foot), I’ve published an easy trick to get you looking exactly like a normal person from a distance (and even pretty close up). Let me know if you have trouble finding it.

    If you mean you’re using my trick and wish you could stop, that’s different — though I think I may have permanently adopted that style of walking down stairs!

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    herewegoagain said,

    December 18, 2014 @ 11:14 pm

    Norm I have had a faster recovery this time around there is no doubt that the early rehab stops a lot of atrophy. Being casted for 8 weeks left my leg completely wasted the first time. I ended up seeing a strength and conditioning coach but could not manage to regain close to the original muscle bulk. This time I have been working the injured leg 3 times a day for the last 3 months and I guess that is why it has “bulked up”. I had found your stair trip and have been using it- works well thanks. It reminds me that I am injured though so would like to eventually plant my feet equally. Oh to dream!

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    normofthenorth said,

    December 19, 2014 @ 5:34 pm

    You can use the trick on both sides and “plant your feet equally” as soon as you like. Long after my own ATR recoveries, I think I still plant both feet farther forward when walking down stairs than I used to. I see no problem, unless I go too far…

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    cardiojunkie said,

    December 20, 2014 @ 11:15 am

    I was having difficulty with walking down the stairs until these past two weeks. Previously, I was concentrating too hard trying to walk down normally. All of the sudden without thinking about it I noticed I was walking down the stairs the normal way and landing each step on the ball of my injured foot. I think it is the increased strength in my foot that helped and I have been trying to do more activities on the balls of my feet. My PT asked me to start walking on the balls of my feet. I started off on a mini-trampoline (softer surface) and then transitioned to floor.

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