Mar 29

No walking dead here, not even walking yet… sort of walking… just read on

I got a letter from my surgeon. He told me to not jump around like a "young horse" and to keep at the rehab. Speaking of rehab, here is what have been doing every day…

Towel curls with my toes - 5 mins

Towel curls anterior and post-terior - 5 mins

seated calf raises at 90 degrees 3 x 20

seated calf raises with 4 inch heel lift 3 x 20. The heel lift helps strengthen tendons and muscles at the extreme point of plantar flexion.

Three times a week I am on the stationary bike and am doing core/upper body too. Although it is tough to stay motivated.

I also have my PT working my range of motion every way except dorsiflexion. At 3 weeks, I had my plantar flexion up to 35 degrees… compared to 42 on my healthy leg. Healthy is in italics because my left foot has hardware in it and also had it scoped last year to remove bone spurs.

My doctor also told me I am not to go past neutral for a few weeks. Not sure what a few is, but I will follow my team’s Achilles protocol (US Snowboard Team) to make sure I am 100% for next season.

The good people over at VACOcast sent me their Achilles/Pro boot. I received this last Friday. For the $299.00 price tag I highly recommend this for any Achilles rupture recovery. By the suggestion of my PT I am at 20 degrees plantar flexion in the boot with 30% body weight bearing. Roughly 60 lbs… of pure muscle… duh. VACOcast can be adjusted so many different ways.

Today I walked on a treadmill under water with my boot on. I also did some aqua jogging… senior citizen style. The VACOcast is going to help out a ton with rehab as it can go underwater.

I am in no pain now and hopefully will be weight bearing with this boot in a week or two. The tendon will not be fully recovered for roughly 3 months after surgery. My goal is to be back on snow in September.

I’ll keep posting about how rehab is developing.

Check out my newest video. A long hobble to my snowboard sponsor.. Kessler

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2 comments so far

  1. 1 Bballmatt
    6:50 pm - 3-30-2012

    Glad to hear your progressing, Young Horse. I’m 26 and tore mine about 3 weeks ago, had surgery 12 days ago. I’ll be out of my cast in 2 weeks and start physio then. It’s good to know I’m on a similar time table and can expect to be working on it sooner rather than later. Pretty sweet you have access to all of that equipment; I’ll most likely be using an old moldy towel in my basement to stretch the tendon; then maybe hit up Craigslist for a used stationary bike. I’m also shooting for an earlier return to action date, not as aggressive as yours, but hopefully by November I’ll be doing most things again. Keep at it and keep us updated on how rehab goes. I’ll want to know what I have in store.

  2. 2 joncheever
    5:11 pm - 4-1-2012

    Thanks Matt,
    I’ll probably update this every week or so. Just remember don’t stretch your Achilles in the dorsifexion position (toes up lengthining your calf) until the tendon is completely healed or you can end up with a elongated Achilles.
    From what I gather that can take away power and range of motion. When I am riding the stationary bike I am in my boot.

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