Week 9- Standing Heel Raises

Well, I now officially know why people cry in physical therapy.  Up until now, it’s been pretty fun, aside from the occasional massage/torture on scar tissue.  Today, my physical therapist asked me to do things I don’t even remember how to do- like stand up from a chair without using my arms and leaning forward [...]

5 weeks down… PRP, PT, FWB?

The trip and the holidays made those 5 weeks NWB fly by.   I saw my ortho at the 5 week point and he was much more positive this time.  This time, my foot responded to the Thompson test and so there was a little cheer by everyone when it moved!  He was much happier [...]

Cruising on One Leg

This was going to be interesting… navigating through airports, new hotels, new places, different countries… all on one foot and a knee scooter.  I had so many questions and the “unknown” was unnerving.  I had already been dumped on my scooter because of bumps in the road so I was pretty nervous and feeling pretty [...]

Questioning the fit of the Vacocast

I wear a size 9 women’s shoe so I was really in between sizes.  When I ordered my Vacocast, I went back and forth trying to decide on a small or a medium.  I chose small based not the advice of the Vacocast team.  They said I was right in between and it would be [...]

Driving at last!

At about week 6-7, I was able to start driving.  My foot was strong enough to brake and definitely push the gas.  I lifted my knee a little bit off of the seat to make it higher so I could prevent any scary motion and the possibility of re-tearing my achilles.  It was totally working- [...]

Physical Therapy was my life

So physical therapy became a big part of my week.  I would go 3 times a week and by week 6, I was full weight bearing and at 0 degrees PF.  That was such a huge relief to ditch the crutches.  Tina taught me how to wean myself from the crutches by using just one [...]

And so begins Physical Therapy, week 3-4

After 1 week in a splint and 2 weeks in a cast, I went in for another check-up.  I was SO thrilled when he told me I would go directly into a boot.  The cast room guy brought out a big, black boot and showed me how he was putting 3 wedges in the boot [...]

One week post-op

I couldn’t wait for my doctor’s appt.  He saw me in the cast room and he and all of the technicians seemed thrilled with the small incision and how it looked so far.  He made the decision to put on a cast for 2 weeks, NWB.  So, I walked out with a big ole hot [...]

Surgery Day- PARS and PRP

6 days after the “incident” on the tennis courts, I checked in to my doctor’s office to brief before the surgery.  He showed me the video of the technique he’d be using, PARS.  It was fascinating, although I didn’t even realize there were different ways of doing this surgery.  He explained that I’d have a [...]