running again - a simple schedule -

March 15th, 2010  Tagged , ,

I started running again last week for the first time.
have been walking a lot, but wanted to take my time before running. My physiotherapist gave me a schedule where I have to take it slow. But it gives such a good feeling to run again. Even though it is only for a limited amount of time.
The schedule starts as follows :

day 1: repeat 10-12 times : 1 minute run, 1 minute walk
day 2: repeat 5-6 times : 2 minute run, 2 minute walk
day 3: repeat 5 times : 3 minute run, 3 minute walk

in between the exercising days, take at least one day of rest. After the third day, rest for 2 days.

I will post the rest of the schedule later this week.

One month after removing the cast

November 14th, 2009  Tagged , , ,

It has been a month already since the cast has been removed.
At first the walking was really awkward, but now sometimes I forget the rupture ever happened.
I cannot run yet, but I am quite happy that the walking has improved dramatically.
Coming Monday I have to go to my surgeon for my first checkup.
The stretching and other exercises have really helped a lot. I started going to the gym and swimming at least 4 times a week and also in the mobility of my foot I see a lot of improvement during swimming.

Not too much to tell, just to let everyone know that recovery can go quickly.
Just stay positive and listen to your physical therapist !

Physical therapy start

October 17th, 2009  Tagged , , ,

The 14th of October was the first physical therapy session.
The main focus now is to get the balance back in my ankle.
He gave me some walking exercises to improve the walking, right now it looks like I am 87. :-)
We are now 4 days after they took the cast of. The first days my ankle was swollen, but now this is getting less and less.

I do my exercises everyday, like rolling a ball under my foot back and forth. I have to stretch my tendon using a belt, my PT thinks we can start with some stretching next week.

Today I am going swimming for the first time in almost 2 1/2 months. To put it in perspective, I live on a tropical island where we used to go swimming every week at least 2 or 3 times. Swimming and going to the beach was something I was looking forward to.

Ok, I’ll keep you up to date on my recovery. Have to get ready to go to the beach. :-)

Hello world!

October 17th, 2009  Tagged , , ,

Hi everyone, I hope you are recovering well if you ruptured your achilles tendon. Or maybe your just searching for some info on this topic.

I ruptured my achilles tendon the 20th of August while playing futsal (indoor soccer). The last time I played soccer was years ago. Although I was running 5 miles at least 3 times a week and keeping fit by doing Thai boxing 2 times a week, my achilles tendon ruptured just like that. I did not know that feeling,but I knew that this couldn’t be a good sign. I went to the hospital the next morning and from there it went pretty fast.
They took an echo to see if it was ruptured and if so, to what degree.
Well, the news was that I completely ruptured my tendon. The best option for me was surgery they told me.
I went back to the hospital to get a splint. The date for the surgery was the 25th of August.
Everything went fine the surgeon told me. I could go home 2 days later.

To be honest, sitting at home at first was nice, but you cannot do anything. I had to elevate my leg as much as possible. Which I did, also while sleeping.

I had to go back to the specialist 1 week later to have him checkout the wound. Looked good, got a new cast and had to come back 4 weeks later. I was very lucky that my employer let me work from home.
I saw my legs loose volume(muscle) and was counting down to the day I would get a cast I could walk with.

The day they changed the cast for my walking cast, I was happy. But then they told me I had to let it dry for 48 hours. Pffff… a little bit disappointment, but as I only had to wait 48 hours I was over this pretty quick. 2 weeks were over before I knew it and I went to the specialist for another 2 weeks of walking cast. This is what they told me, but I got a nice surprise. I told the doctor I had a dream the night before that I didn’t need a new cast. he laughed and said he would have to do some tests with my achilles.
The results were good, no cast needed. He said that I had to start physical therapy right away and make another appointment in a month from then(10/13/2009)