Just met with my surgeon 14 weeks after being put back together. I have clearance now to start:

Strengthening the calf. Until now, I’ve been limited to stretching, walking, and about 10 minutes a day on an elliptical trainer.
Jogging slowly. Not that I’d be ready to set any speed records, but I can now start jogging [...]

Short visit with my Dr. yesterday and now I’m walking in two shoes. I don’t know who’s happier, me, or my wife now that she knows she doesn’t have to shuttle me everywhere. Here’s what I think helped me get to this point these past four weeks since losing the cast:
1) Do stretches first thing [...]

Four weeks to the day after surgery and I’m now in a boot - DeRoyal Pacesetter Air Walker. Getting the cast off yesterday was a thrill. Seeing my ‘peanut’ for a calf, however, was a reality check. Thanks to reading other posts on Achillesblog.com I knew not to expect much (thanks alfia). I will use [...]

Had a good, quick check-in with my surgeon on Friday the 2nd. They gave me a debrief of my injury, letting me know I did shred the Achilles. They see shreded Achilles in older people that have weaker connective tissue, which surprised me. They believe I just landed in a way that caused the tendon [...]

A little of what to expect those first 10 days after surgery:
1) The first 48 hours suck. I was groggy, out of it, and in pain.
2) Before the nerve block finally wears off, have the pain pills at the ready. I didn’t fell a thing the first 12 hours after surgery. My boys could poke [...]

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December 22, 2008 | 24 Comments

Day 3 after surgery, no pain in the heel, and my calf likes to remind me its around with a spasm (no pain) every now and then.
Top 5 things you can do the first few days postop:
5) Get in touch with your sensitive side…yes, Oprah’s on!
4) Import all your CDs into iTunes. If anyone wants [...]


December 20, 2008 | 17 Comments

I’m fit. I cycle. I run. I strength train. I am 37 years old. I just can’t play basketball anymore. Tried to Thursday morning (Dec 18th), first time playing in a pickup game in 9 years. The last time I played I gave myself a high ankle sprain. So I hung up my shoes and [...]