Hi everyone! I’m a little late for my one year - I’m actually about 54 weeks post op now. I just wanted to give a quick update to where I am now.
I did a total of 14 weeks of PT before I was released to do whatever I wanted. That was also the point where I was able to do 10 single leg calf raises off a step. Honestly, I’ve been lazy with PT since them, and I’m starting to regret that. I have been working more on general fitness, but I try to at least throw some stretches and calf raises in there.
I started rock climbing about 3 months ago, and haven’t had any issues with it. I’m only doing top rope though, I’m still afraid to take any big falls from bouldering or lead climbing. The only problem I had was on one route, I got stuck and stood up on my toes of my surgery foot for a couple minutes, and my calf/achilles cramped up and I had to come down and massage/stretch it out. I also get random cramps in my arch, but I think that’s just from not stretching enough. I still get a little swelling from a long shift on my feet or a really active day, but it’s nothing a little ice won’t fix.
Incision is fine. Still a little numb, I don’t think that’s going to go away. I find a lot of the stiffness is gone if I massage it with scar gel every night.
I had some pretty bad back/hip pain from all the time on crutches and in the boot. I was stubborn about it and didn’t go see someone until it was at the point where I was in pain from sneezing. I found a great chiropractor who fixed me up in all of three visits though. If I could have done it differently, I would have just gone to see him from the start and prevented the pain in the first place.
Overall, I’d say I’m at about 80%. My achilles is still stiff but I don’t have any pain anymore. It’s weaker than I’d like, but that’s my own fault for not keeping up with PT. I’m hoping to be back to 100% by summer, if I step it up and do better with PT.