Week 20 update and elliptical?

Bloggers and Blogettes,

Hope you all are progressing  well.  It’ll be week 20 for me on Tuesday.  My activity this last week include:

P90X leg workout.  Added light dumbbells and went well.

My PT said I am not lifting my toe enough when I walk.  Added walking on my toes and heels to my normal home routine.

I was able to do 4 reps single leg toe raises.  Pt said to forget about it and focus on activities where I can do 20+ reps.  I.e. double toe raises and shift weight to injured side as much as possible.

Walked 2.6 miles outside (2 X 1.3 miles) Swelling is MUCH better than prior atte

Put up Xmas lights.  A lot of up and down on the ladder and standing on a slanted roof.  Most challenging part of the week.

Anyway I hope that helps others gauge their progress.

Looking forward I am thinking of investing in an Elliptical at home for the low-impact benefit.  Any recommendations out there on a good brand/model?

14 weeks and suddenly ankle swelling?

Was feeling good about my progress and suddenly a week ago I started getting swelling around my ankle.  I have been lucky up until now to not have much swelling at all.  No significant pain.  Still doing PT but have pulled back on really getting after it.  Anyone else have this experience at this point in their recovery?

11.5 week follow up

Finally out of the boot!  Started PT-alphabet, circles, resistance bands and balancing on one leg.  Not as bad as I thought.  I can walk almost without a limp right after PT with shoes on.  Big thing is very little power on the injured right leg but I know it will come.  Dr green-lighted resistance exercises but no explosive movement for 6 more weeks.  He said weights actually help lengthen the tendon which is important as we age.  Looking forward to getting back to lower body work.

Wishing all you posters well!

5.5 week follow up

Went and saw the Dr today and good news/bad news. I’m cleared for FWB but will need to wear the boot for another 6 weeks and no PT yet. He said the delay was due to a degenerative condition in the Achilles before repair and it needs more healing time than it would otherwise. The atrophy in my calf is pretty startling to say the least.

With that said, I forgot how it easy it was to do things when you can put two feeton the ground. So at least there’s that.

I’m really impressed with the positive energy that everyone has on this page. Good luck on your recoveries!

3 Weeks In

Hello All, This is my second go-around with ATR. My original injury happened on my left leg while I was playing basketball 22 years ago. At the time I thought I was tripped from behind, but have others have said no one was there. I distinctly remember NOT having any plantar flex in my foot which is I thought was standard with this injury and leads my gap in treatment the 2nd time around.

On June 9th I participated in the Warrior Dash. I hurt my right leg on the first obstacle which was a little salt in the wound. My daughter who was hesitant to participate at all finished and had a great time while I was in the medical tent. My initial fear was ATR, followed by calf strain as I still had movement in my foot. Only after a month of self-rehab and a visit to the PT that I got the bad news that my first concern was the right one.

My surgery was on July 10th.  Surgeon told my wife that there was some previous damage there and a tear was inevitable.  Also said the tendon was “tight” and I will really have to baby it initially.  I was in a splint for two weeks and then an air cast.  Still NWB until at least August 17th.  The PA says the protocol is to go right to shoes and FWB.  Should be interesting.

I have been doing upper body work and even crutch around the neighborhood for exercise.  This helps physically and to keep my spirits up.  I have been  eating a  lot better than I have in a long time due to fear of gaining a bunch of weight.  I’m hoping this will help me overcome the 10 pounds I have been trying to lose for years.

It has really helped me by reading about others’ experiences on this site.  Real challenge is to remain patient knowing there is such a long road ahead.