Two years later- and a new problem
Hi all, thought I would drop in and give an update. I see a few of my contemporary AT sufferers also posted an update. Wow, hard to believe it has been 2 years. Seems like yesterday….
Within a year of the injury, I was fully back to all activities- running, tennis, golf, etc. The repaired leg felt great, although I will say that I never did get all the muscle back. There is a fairly subtle difference in my legs. Sad, as I always thought my calf muscles looked pretty balanced and muscular.
About 15 months post surgery, I started getting Plantar Fasciitis in my non repaired foot! I was careful and thought it would go away, but after a couple months I went to see my podiatrist. ( I believe in podiatrists for non- surgical foot care. I have been seeing my podiatrist for years as he has me in orthotics for varying foot ailments.) So, 3 cortisone shots and 8 months later, I still have a bad case of PF! I have used a night splint, I stretch daily, and I stopped running. I finally stopped playing tennis - it is just not worth the pain. Fortunately, I still golf and am now swimming to stay in shape. This week I decided to try a chiropractor - I figured I have nothing to lose, but I do not really think it will help.
So, Achilles is just fine, thanks. But this darn PF is a bear. It is depressing at times, as even a walk around the neighborhood brings pain and limping. I suspect that my uneven use of my other foot post AT rupture might have brought this on, but who knows. Plus, most other rupture victims did not seem to get this ailment.
Any experiences with PF out there? Will thiis ever go away? It has been long enough. I do not care about running so much anymore, but would love to be able to play tennis and walk free of pain.
Thanks for anyone who can share their experiences. Best of luck to the AT repairs out there.
Happy AT Anniversary to me!
I felt compelled to post as today marks the one year date from the tear. What a year this was — the AT repair was a life event, that is for sure. I am pleased to report that I feel great, heel can handle all my sporting activities, and I am very much looking forward to summer ( since last summer was a blur….) I still am aware that I am recovering from a repair, but it does not get in the way. Life is normal, and normal is good.
It is harder and harder to check out the blog site - so many new names and stories, I cannot keep them all straight! But I am still very grateful for all that I learned and support I got from this site. Walshie, Eriedutchgirl, Damacar - and you others who were around my time - how are you guys doing? Where are your one year posts? Would love a progress report.
To the newbies — go carefully. Slow and steady wins this race.
The last hurdle cleared
Hi fellow ATR bloggers, hope all is well. I still check this great site but not so often. I still appreciate all the information and support I got from my blog buddies.
I am 44 weeks and at 22.32 miles on my recovery. Today was a big day for me, I returned to the tennis court. One of my very perceptive friends decided that she would get me out to just hit before I got hooked up in any competitive games. I am definately not as fit as I was, and my arm hurt from holding the raquet too hard! The heel felt great and I did not feel like I needed to baby it. It was a very successful first time back. I had planned to wait another month or so, but opportunity and curiosity got the better of me.
So - a major milestone for me — more mental than anything, but significant. I am still not 100% and it reminds me that I hurt it last April. But at least I can do all the stuff I used to do before the injury.
I hope that all of you continue to make good progress in your recovery, and that any setbacks be minor ones.
My news is not too different from my fellow bloggers. I am so happy to have made it this far, and I am very pleased with my progress. Today I spent an hour and half at the gym, on the elliptical and the treadmill, doing my grapevine exercises, jumping back and forth, working on the balance….and it all feels really good. Now as I sit here at my desk, I can “feel” my achilles, but it does not hurt. I am aware of it and it feels different that the other one, but I have not had any pain. I wonder if this is how it will be 6 months or a year from now?
I now feel that I could play tennis, but I have not offered myself up to sub in any of the indoor groups I used to play in. In April when the weather gets nice, I will start up outside. I originally wondered if I would return to tennis. Now I have no doubts. I have missed it during this long winter….those after work doubles matches with my friends were something that helped get me through the work week.
My scar is great. Maybe the pre-op lecture I gave the resident and the surgeon about the scar and my future in golf shorts and tennis skirts did the trick. I seem to have a small bump/lump at the bottom of the incision… maybe due to where my shoe cuts in. I think it is a keeper, so I have gotten used to it. The achilles on the repaired side feels fatter than on the other leg. And speaking of shoes, I am wearing my heels again - the ladies out there can relate to this one. I wore some flat black sketchers for months. It is nice to be able wear my shoes ( and longer pants) again.
Nothing earth shattering, just slow and steady progress. I will never forget April 26th when I was sitting on the court, icing my foot, totally pissed at the accident, and wondering how long this was going to take. Who knew?? But the positive message is that little by little, you regain your normal life back.
All the best to my blog buddies. Hope this new year brings you great satisfaction and healing.
Well, not really, but it was time for my 6 month post and I wanted to start on a good note. Hello fellow bloggers, hope you are all doing well. My heart sinks every time I read about a rerupture, dvt or wound problem. Even after 6 months, I consider this a special community with “strangers” linked together with this bizarre and life changing injury! Thanks for the all the posts, comments and information. It was so helpful when I really needed it.
But now the update - October was a great month. I celebrated my bday in Rome (turned 52, yes, I am really old…) walked up and down the hills and cliffs of Montepulciano, Montalcino, Postano, Capri and loved every minute of it. Later, I went to PT about 6 or 7 times, and saw continued progress with my flexibility, strength and overall confidence in the foot. I walked 18 holes of golf, and I started wearing normal shoes to work. One week early in the month I felt sore and the heel felt swollen….then a week later I forgot I was injured. Now that is a great feeling! I wish that for all of you very soon in your recovery.
I am done with PT - I know the exercises, I just need to do them, so I will go to the gym on my own time and work out. The doctor suggested I hold off running til November. That is OK with me as I am biking and using the elliptical, and walking uphill on the treadmill at a good clip. I can do one legged heel lifts. My calf is still thinner but my husband and PT noted it was filling out.
I am a type A - but I have surprised myself by not pushing the recovery stuff. Even though I am not 100%, I am enjoying all the stuff I can do, and confident that I will make it to 100% some time. I am surprised with my own patience. This is the same person who was FURIOUS that I had to wait 5 days between injury and surgery! Go figure. So now that summer is over ( and what a long summer it was…) I can finally start to do all the things I wanted to do during all the nice weather. Such irony.
Again, to recap - surgery May 1, cast for 6 weeks, walked with cast around 3 weeks, boot for 5 weeks, and no PT until about 18 weeks.
What did you all do with your old boot? I can’t bring myself to toss it. It just sits in my basement by the bike. Hmmm
I would post an Italy picture, but I have not figured that out. Pretty sad for a computer professional.
That’s it from my end of the swamp. The last thing I can say is — go Phillies!
Vacation here I come - 5 Months later….
Wednesday September 24th 2008, 11:57 am
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We had booked a trip to Italy well before all this ATR stuff happened. I figured I would be recovered enough to go, and I am very excited that I am getting ready to leave tonite. I have started taking walks around the block, and last weekend went to Happy Valley to see Penn State v Temple. Afterwards we walked for a hours and I kept up with me friends. It proved to me that I am ready for Tuscany and Positano! At least I hope I am,
I just passed 5 months and feel fairly normal, but not 100% recovered. I have been to PT 4 times total - they have useful exercises that are illustrating how much farther I have to go. I have lost alot of lateral movement in the foot. I am walking, riding the bike and golfing. It still aches or pulls or throbs — not really pain, just a reminder that it was injured. Other parts of my foot hurt - like some others have said, ATR changes the whole dynamic of the foot. The scar looks good - not very noticeable. The calf muscle is coming back, but still looks smaller.
Progress at this time seems slow — I think I measure my progress in weeks and months. I look forward to the 6 month mark. I enjoy hearing all the news from my fellow ATR club members - my best to you all, and happy heeling.
Yes! Nine holes!
Ok, so I am 15 weeks and change. My doctor said to wait til September for golf, biking, elliptical, and PT.
So, what did I do this morning? Ta da, played 9 holes of golf. I played pretty much bogey golf, which is about what I did pre rupture. I usually walk, but the hills are still intimidating. Plus, since I was already going against protocol, I figured I should take it easy. My husband fretted and helped with any steep terrain. I finished the day off by swimming about a half mile. It is amazing how normal today felt, and how much I enjoyed it. A month ago it was hard to see this day coming. So, hang in there folks, it get’ better, and you will truly enjoy slowly returning to the active life you used to have. And, believe that you WILL return to that active lifestyle.
So, tomorrow, maybe 18 holes?
Phrustrated in Philly
Today is week 14 — day 98, 3 1/2 months. Saw doctor this week. He said I could walk and swim, and do toe raises. No bikes, no elliptical, no PT and no golf until September.
I happen to like the guy and think he is a good surgeon. He tells me I am not “out of the woods” yet, so I need to be careful, and tells me what he would and would not do if he had the injury. He is extremely conservative - I am probably the only person on this blog who has not had PT by week 14. He is now saying that he does not want me running for 9 months (before it was 6 months.) He recommends no tennis for at least 6 months but says he would feel better if I stayed off tennis for more like 9 to 12 months.
So, I think I am ok with all this, but I am going to golf this August. I will wait til I hit the 4 month mark, then I am going to start with 9 holes.
The night before I had my visit, I woke at 4am with bad leg pain. It was not along the achilles, but kind of internal to the leg and and on the outside of the ankle. It lasted a few hours then subsided. Of course, I had done alot of walking during the weekend, and hit some balls on the range. Well, I also did 20 minutes of biking without the boot, which was also on the “no” list. Seems like I cheated and my foot responded.
What a quandry. Any thoughts? What would you do?
Three months. In some ways it has flown, in other ways - seems like a lifetime.
The good news — I have a nice looking scar, I am wearing shoes more than the boot, I can drive :), I can swim, I can ride the stationary bike (with boot on…), and I don’t constantly think about the injury anymore. I can practice putting and chipping, and I can run errands for myself again. I found some shoes (sketchers) that are a cross between sneakers and dressier shoes and they feel great. I made up some pretty cool gift baskets for the 5 wonderful souls who drove me back and forth to work. I feel like life is almost normal again. And, my calf muscle is coming back. (That was nice surprise.)
Bad news….foot still swells some by end of day. I seem to have a limp that varies by day and time of day. Other parts of my foot hurt– the bottom, the outside ankle. Oh well. I still have not had PT - my doctor suggests I may not need it. We will see how much I limp in 2 weeks when I see him again.
I have learned alot this summer. The most important thing I learned was to be patient- I did not think this old dog could learn that trick, so I am kind of proud of that. I also learned to appreciate the little things, and that I am incredibly lucky to have an injury that will heal. I also learned that social networking (ie blogs) are the coolest thing when you have a shared experience.
Strange, but Good..I Guess??
I had my 10 week post op appt today. The doctor told me I could gradually start wearing shoes, for 2 weeks just around the house and office, (only short distances). In the following two weeks he told me to start wearing shoes except for long walks, walking on the grass, and walking in places with lots of people, such as ballgames, etc. He also said, no PT for another month. Yes fellow bloggers, that will be 14 weeks of still wearing a boot part time and no PT!! He also said no golf for another month, just putting and chipping, and told me I could stationary bike with the boot on “if I have to”. I am now to figure out when to use a boot or shoe for the next month depending on what I plan to do. Strange, but good?? Too much of my own judgement calls for my own good, I think.
I already had decided that I would skip winter tennis (indoors) this year, and pick it up outside on the soft courts in the spring. I told him that and he thought that was an excellent idea and what he himself would do.
But, when I asked the MOST IMPORTANT question — that is, WHEN CAN I DRIVE– He said I could try it with a shoe now and see if I can handle it. He said to just use my judgement, if I feel I can control the gas and brake to go ahead and do it, and if not, try again in 3 to 5 days. Finally, something I wanted to hear.
So guess what I just did?! I just drove around the block!! I am so happy I could jump, (except I can’t.) This was the day I have been waiting for and it feels great.
So my words to those ahead of me - thanks for the hopes and guidance. To those behind me - keep the faith, good milestones will come your way too. Really.