Guess Who’s Up And Walking?

And now for a short video for those of you who have new ruptures and need a little inspiration. There is some light at the end of this long [Lincoln] tunnel. Click the link–> Maestro walking

Happy New Year to all ATR members!! Another hurdle down, many more to come but I am now walking on my own! It couldn’t get here soon enough. Hopefully 2009 will be better for me and my Achilles. I have now been walking without crutches for 2 weeks. Feels great as all you 2 shoes people can attest to. I have to put myself in check every now and then now that I can get around. When I’m out I have to stop myself from trying to walk as fast I did pre-ATR. Careful around stairs and in the shower, don’t want to hit the high hurdles at this point in the race, I mean marathon.

How do I feel at this stage? That’s a good question. Overall I feel good. The physical therapy helps a lot. I suggest to those of you who can get some sessions to do so. Mornings getting out of bed the Achilles is tight. It loosens up after i stretch with a towel and I walk around a bit. Anytime spent sitting causes some stiffness but that’s the worst of it. Patience, patience, patience. I know, I know. It’s hard when you don’t have any patience but I’ll have to find some.

I plan to go back to work on monday after 3 months away. Never thought I’d say it but I’ll be glad to be going back.



Go Giants!!

10 Comments so far

  1. cliff on January 2nd, 2009

    Great video. I’m 9 weeks post op. I don’t have the official sanction to go without the boot, but occasionally do it anyway.

    BTW, my PT would make you point your toes straight forward. He nags me all the time, so I have to pass it on :)

  2. Smish on January 2nd, 2009

    Maestro: Sweet walking skills. Thanks for the video.

    As for PT’s who make people walk with their toes pointed forward; that is crazy. Very few people have a natural “toes straight forward” gait. You can’t really change that especially if someone has already been walking like that their whole life. My husband turns his toes out. His left more than his right. I have showed him how to strengthen the muscles he will be compromising walking that way. He is prone to and has had several knee injuries but that is just the way he was made. He runs like a gazelle (very fast) but has a tough time with things like cross country skiing and ice skating.

  3. Richard on January 2nd, 2009

    Now then !!
    Look at you - good man you appear very self assured (don’t get too cocky !!) - you’re ahead of me I’m sill getting lots of ankle swelling if I’m upright for too long but I’m making slow progress.

    How’s the NY weather? - it’s been all over our forecasts, those pavements will be a challenge!


  4. dennis on January 2nd, 2009

    maestro - Loved the video! Congrats on getting to 2-shoes. Happy New Year!

  5. gw0508 on January 2nd, 2009

    Look at the difference in those calves! Oh to have our calves back, right?

  6. andymetz on January 2nd, 2009

    Hey maestro, looking good! I hear what you are saying in regards to trying to do too much once you get on two feet, it is so easy to forget or try to do too much. Are those new kicks, too?! (I figure that will be my treat to myself when I can jog again or at least walk with no heel lifts.) Happy new year.

  7. maestro on January 2nd, 2009

    Andymetz- yes those are new shoes. Nike Air Pegasus 25. I had to get a new pair of shoes that were comfy. Got rid of the comfy shoes I was wearing when I got hurt. I’m all for treating myself!!

  8. maestro on January 2nd, 2009

    Richard- As luck would have it as soon as I was in 2 shoes the weather here got really crappy. Snow, rain, snow/rain mix, freezing temps, ice on the ground. So I am careful and on those days when it’s not too bad I go out for short walks

    There was one day where I had to go out and there was ice everywhere, yikes! The pavement was scary but I made it.

  9. Ocall on February 2nd, 2009

    Hey Maestro, congrats on your rehab. I suffered my ATR on November 12, 2008 while playing soccer at Chelsea Piers. I had surgery on November 25,2008. I am now wearing 2 shoes and walking on my own. I also have to be careful and remember to walk slowly. I am still limping a bit but I do see the progress since I started my PT. I do my stretching exercises every day and my ankle does get sore and stiff but I am learning to live with it. I am going back to work on February 9th after being out for 3 months. The only thing that worries me is the snow that has been falling the last few weeks. Wish me luck!

  10. maestro on February 3rd, 2009

    Good luck with your ATR, Ocall. I’m sure you will be fine and back on the pitch. I’m at 3 months and feeling good.

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