ibjc’s Achilles Recovery

         My return to 2 feet!!!

December 13, 2012

Not healing well…..

Filed under: Dr Visit — Jenifer @ 4:13 pm

I’m have been released from therapy and I’m in 2 shoes but NOTHING and I mean NOTHING can touch my achilles. I’m extremely tender and sometimes swollen and the Dr. is concerned that it is taking so long and wants me to sleep in a boot or strassburg sock. Has anyone else had this problem???? I don’t have nodules on the achilles but it’s thick, tender and stiff. Once I sit or stop for any more than 10 minutes the achilles has to be stretched to work again without being stiff…..I’m 6 months past surgery and I’m worried and even more so after seeing the look on his face and telling me he was concerned that it’s not healing like it should be.  HELP…..any words of encouragement in y’all healing process.

August 27, 2012

Down to 1 crutch!!

Filed under: Boot — Jenifer @ 4:02 pm

Finally down to 1 crutch and I seem to be putting more and more pressure on my foot. I can hobble around the house with no crutches with the help of counters and furniture on some occasions. I’m now finding that the hot weather and use during the day make for a nice recipe of swelling and stiffness in my foot starting in the early afternoon into the evening and burning along the tendon. Stretching is painful and I’m hoping this goes away as my flexion becomes better but the burning as I stretch scares me….I guess this is normal as I have not had any problems.  I’m icing for the swelling in the evenings… seems to he help but wondering how long the swelling will continue to happen?

August 16, 2012

Leg Shape Question???

Filed under: Boot, Daily — Jenifer @ 5:16 pm

I’m in a vacocast and told to do my range of motion exercises without stretching yet for another week. I add that in along with my range of motion using a towel to stretch the tendon. Ok so today my question is this….. I’m doing my range of motion and looking at my leg and when I pull my toes up towards my calf there is a bulge at the base of my calf. It’s sore and I can feel the bump that is about the size of a quarter. I never noticed it before today and I just stated (2 days ago) to put some weight on my leg as I’m walking with the crutches. Is this normal? There is no tone to my leg now since it’s been 9 weeks of non use so I’m not sure if this is normal or if I should be concerned. This is NOT the site where my tear was, that was lower on my leg so I know it’s different.

July 31, 2012

Cast gone…boot now, but……

Filed under: Boot, Cast, Dr Visit — Jenifer @ 9:55 pm

Today I was sooooo ready to get the cast off and now its gone. I have a little clean, non furry leg minus the umteenth layers of dead skin. My vacocast came in earlier this week and I have had it in my mind that I would go into it and maybe walking even if a tiny bit today……NO!!!! I was much healthier in my mind….really I was! Dr. said I’m NWB in the boot for 2 more weeks. Crutches were supposed to be gone today…again in my mind! Well I have 2 more weeks NWB then I can start putting a little weight on it but always keep the crutches and that’s for another 2 weeks. Then I can start putting more weight but I’m soooo lucky I get to keep the crutches for a little more time….my guess would be another 2 weeks and then just then I can go to weight bearing for maybe the last few weeks. Do you think if I go back to the Dr and choose another door to see if I win maybe less crutch time????

Going to rest my clean shaven, small and incredibly sore leg…..it seems my brain needs a rest too from my huge wake up call when Dr said I am not there yet…um dang….what was I thinking??? He burst my walking bubble…. I’m over and out!!!!

July 19, 2012

VacoCast or NO?? Football time….need help fast.

Filed under: Cast, Daily — Jenifer @ 5:20 pm

I’m trying to figure out my next step and Dr. will put me back in the AWFUL…..deRoyal boot that throws my hips, back and shoulder off. Did I mention I don’t like the deRoyal boot what so ever…..well its true. I was in that for 10 months and hated it and don’t want to go back after the cast comes off. So my question is about the quality of the VacoCast achilles/pro. What are the pros and cons of this boot. I only get some reimbursement from my insurance company which I have been fighting the past few days so before I spend the money on this…..I need your thoughts as to what boot to look into if not the VacoCast. Everything I see and read about it is coming back positive. Here is my schedule when I’m back to walking and in a boot…..Football is here and I’m a sports photographer so I will need to be out on the field every Friday night and for some other scrimmages during the week. My goal is to be ready for the game that is being played on ESPN2 on August 26th. This is the date in my head so with that said…..what boot is the choice….pros and cons….give it to me!!!! I want to order it ASAP if possible.

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