Four months from debridement/Haglund’s removal/anchoring

Today marks four months from surgery. While my recovery has been on the easy side of achilles recovery scenarios, I did find myself wondering if there has been any measurable progress this past month.

I remember reading a post whose writer noted that “progress is measured in millimeters.” I’d like to find that post again to see if the writer was at four months or thereabouts when he/she posted that gem!

At 12 weeks I was cleared to begin running and  I began by interspersing slow and short jogging intervals with walking breaks. I’ve also done some running on the Alter G. Neither activity bothers me at all when doing it, but I haven’t been able to ramp up the activity without consequence. (By ramping up I mean increasing minutes, distance, speed, or frequency - only one thing at a time, though). All in all, I’m certainly no worse for the wear, and am just beginning to grasp that the return to running may indeed be measured in millimeters!

On the bright side, if I wasn’t so focused on returning to full running, I think I’d feel mostly recovered in terms of  the daily life.  I am walking without pain and getting in some major mileage that way. It gets me outside and on the running trails, and that in itself is a tonic. Walking doesn’t leave me hobbling afterward, as it did pre-surgery. That’s a gift I notice every day.

On Monday I’m starting a cardio tennis class. Ron - did you take note of that? I’m not a tennis player, but I’m producing a fundraising video for community tennis center’s capital campaign and thought this was a perfect opportunity to jump in and try something new. (Class description says all abilities, all ages, all fitness levels welcome).


  1. anne Said,

    February 24, 2014 @ 7:44 pm

    Congrats Kimc!!!!!

    My PT has said to me in the past that my progress would be measured now in months rather than days/weeks. I’m 7 months. About 1 month ago I did 6 miles at 62% body weight and thought for sure by now I’d be running at 85% but no such luck.

    I now put in the effort, and try hard not to be concerned with the outcome.

    Bravo on your upcoming tennis class. Keep us posted on your progress.

  2. Janis Said,

    February 24, 2014 @ 10:35 pm

    I didn’t realize you’re only a month ahead of me! Your post op protocol was much more progressive than mine. Oh, what a feeling, to take a walk and not suffer for weeks because of it!

  3. normofthenorth Said,

    February 25, 2014 @ 3:13 pm

    The half full part is great, the half empty part Not So Much.

    One thing I’ve noticed here and on, too:

    People who start out in bad shape often have better rehab experiences than those who were at the top of their game. Mostly because it takes less time for them to feel better than before. Maybe not better physically, but psychologically.

    Good luck with the tennis! It’s actually tougher on leg parts than running, IMO.

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