9 wks out, non-op

OK, so I guess transitioning into 2 shoes isn’t as smooth sailing as I thought it’d be. I’m still just wearing shoes in & around my home, but that can still translate into a lot of walking when tending to my 2 toddlers. Yesterday & today I’ve been feeling more of a new ache & soreness near the rupture site that got me worried. Also a bit more stiff in the a.m. I’m assuming its from using my foot more over the past week while using shoes around the home, but can’t help from feeling a little set back. SO, sporting the boot & trying to “take it easy” more the next few days . Hoping it passes soon!

6 Responses to “9 wks out, non-op”

  1. You’re still early in the healing process so icing and elevating are still a good idea when you’re feeling aches/pains. :) I’m 33 weeks out and I’m still icing. And, yes, you’ll have ups/downs in the healing process. Generally the downs come when you overdue it - LOL!

  2. I am also a “non-op”. I’m 7 months out. 9 weeks was just about exactly when I went to two shoes, and also when I started formal PT. Ice is your friend. I was very weak when I started in 2 shoes, but you’ll progress.

  3. Hey Jobie, I was just checking in on the site, when I came across your blog. Like you I went non-op. Frankly, I am surprised more folks still seem to opt for the operation, despite the outcomes being essentially identical if you go early weight bearing. My surgeon definitely encouraged me to let him cut, but after 3 1/2 months post-injury he seemed to agree that I’d made the right choice. It’s an emotionally devastating injury when faced with the long road to recovery, and disruption to lifestyle, especially for active athletic people (who are the most likely to suffer it). I’m 7 months out, and am still not completely “over” it, but I can walk, play golf, and generally have my life back. I did mine playing pickleball (for the first time) and have chosen to give up racket sports. I’m 65 years old, and I just don’t trust myself. Good luck, and this too shall pass.

  4. dan914 - thanks for dropping a line & letting me know how far you’ve come. I MAY play tennis again in 9-12 months from injury. We’ll see. I agree about the variability about when ppl choose non-op vs op. No right answer I guess. others are surprised to hear that I didn’t choose the procedure, nor didn’t need surgery to heal. I work in the medical field so may be a little biased in weighing in the benefits, risks, & alternatives to either route.

    I used 2 shoes a bit more at work today & it was reassuring:)

  5. A provocative thought about the surgical versus nonoperative approaches, if I may. I suspect there is no difference in the outcomes of those two approaches because people who have surgery usually go through a rehab that assumes the surgically repaired tendon is just as weak as a nonop tendon. I had surgery, started very lightweight calf strength work less than 48 hours after surgery, and gradually increased the resistance from there. I was putting the limited, but not zero, strength of the surgical repair to work, starting soon after the postop pain had subsided. Because of this early strength work, and perhaps because of using a vibrating massager, my calf atrophy was not that bad. I was able to do a minimal single leg calf raise nine weeks postop. By three months postop, I was doing multiple sets of 30 single leg calf raises every other day. This is just one person’s experience, and maybe I was lucky to get away with this accelerated rehab, but I do wonder if this approach could work for others who take the surgical path.

  6. Interestingly coincidental. Mine occurred first time I played pickleball too! 5 weeks in, no surgery, still in boot, foot swells, heel sore at times, using crutches still, some range of motion exercise and resistance push with foot against towel. Really would love to see more progress…

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