Start of 13th week post-op

This was a good week where I saw progress in some areas. I am now able to do an eccentric calf raise holding onto something with only one hand as opposed to two hands. Going down the stairs is still the same as last week and I am still very cautious since I am going [...]

Pool therapy and calf size measurement

My physical therapist measured both calves and the difference is 3cm. It is noticeable and means that there is a lot more work that has to be done.
After PT today, I went to do some pool therapy. At PT, I am improving every week when my PT asks me to walk on my toes, however, [...]

Start of 12th week (3 months) post-op

I’ve noticed a nice increase in strength, endurance, and balance between week 11 and today (start of week 12). For example, although I am still holding onto something when I perform eccentric calf raises, I am able to hold the top position for more time and am able to keep the calf higher than last [...]

11 weeks post-op

In terms of where I am now, I am walking around outside in two shoes. People tell me my gait looks normal. The speed at which I am walking is still slow. I probably walk a little faster this week than last week, but, not a drastic improvement.
Yesterday I had a lot of pain while [...]

Couldn’t walk on toes at 10.5 weeks

Today my PT asked me to try walking on my toes. I simply did not have the strength and push off to do it. I tried three times but couldn’t do it and it caused pain. My PT told me to stop and to try eccentric calf raises. I did a few of these and [...]

Picture of calf

Currently 10 weeks post op, this picture was taken at 9 weeks. Does the calf atrophy that I have look normal, too excessive, or not that bad?

Disappointed about 10th week visit with OS

Good news and bad news. I’ll start with the good news which is that the surgeon was very happy with the way the tendon looks and I had a negative Thompson test. Doctor said I can start pool therapy exercises.
Bad news is that the surgeon is being overly conservative with the rehab approach until at [...]

Start of 9th week

Today marks the start of my 9th week post-op. I’ve started to walk outside and at the gym in my sneakers since the early portion of this week at 8 weeks post-op. I take my crutches with me but I haven’t been using them. If my PT found out he would be upset since he [...]

8 weeks and 4 days post-op

As I mentioned in my introduction, everything is smooth and no swelling.  However, this past Friday, I pushed a little too hard at the gym which I was advised not to do yet by my physical therapist because the doctor has not given me the green light yet to push hard. Everything felt fine while [...]

To my fellow Achilles brothers and sisters, hello!

Hey everyone,
I am a 29 year old male, I sustained a full rupture of my right Achilles tendon when I was running while playing basketball. Thus far, my recovery has been smooth. I have full ROM and no swelling. I am hoping to make a full recovery within 6 months post-op. My doctor and physical [...]