Four Months One Week Update`

Just got back from a 4 day trip to visit my two eldest in St. Louis, Missouri, and all went well. Compression socks helped during the flight, and I controlled myself at the gym.
My achilles tendon has ached a bit and felt stiff, possibly due to my doing less walking and exercising these days, and I had the interesting experience of walking carefully in a grass field with all sorts of irregularities. used to walk these fields and back yards with no problems or even thinking about it, but now I kept being careful not to step into a gopher or mole hole. ;-)
Achievements this week:
- Got regular hard soled slippers for the house, without heels (maybe 1/4 of an inch. It feels a bit strange, and might be the cause of the aching and twinges in the heel, tendon and ankle, but will check it tomorrow at Physical Therapy.
- Am able to get up from sitting on floor with no problem using the recovering leg to lift myself.

I’ll catch up with everyone later!
Happy healing………. Manny

15 Responses to “Four Months One Week Update`”

  1. Hello Manny, yes, grass fields are so uneven, it’s better to avoid them at this point… Yay!!! Congrats on your new achievements!!!

  2. nice one Manny! keep it up!

    i rebelled and took the heel lifts out, and it’s been fine :D

    suerte

  3. Hello Manny
    Good to hear you enjoyed your trip. I have to agree that I never noticed how uneven the footpaths where I live are since I started to venture out-well done on the field, that’s still on my ‘todo’ list

  4. Great progress Manny, I have hard soled ortho slippers and love them. Regular soft slippers are just to painful yet.

  5. Hey Manny, glad to hear about your progress and your achievements, at nearly 2 months in now I cannot tell you how helpful it is to listen to those a bit further up the road. Your last comment about getting up from the floor using your recovering leg is so encouraging, I can’t see yet how I will get to that point, but guess I am learning to trust it will happen. Thanks!

  6. You are most welcome, couchy007. I, myself, was surprised at seeing myself easily getting up from the mattress on the floor where I spent one night! :-D
    Of course, a six year old who regularly plays with his dad’s weights and lifted over 60 lbs! I made the leg lift as he did, and my knees hurt! so I took 20 lbs off. LOL
    During the trip I also got a new pair of slippers, giving up on my old sneakers with lifts inside, and started wearing them inside the house. Since then I noticed my tendon was getting stiff and I had sharp twinges in the center of my heel, on the bottom, which the therapist says is that I’m stretching a tendon there…. So this afternoon I decided to wear my new sneakers with lifts and this eased my discomfort. Being non-surgical, I suspect I should let the tendon rest more and let it stretch mose slowly… I’ll keep everyone informed. :-)

    Thanks again, and Happy healing!……….. Manny

  7. LouLou, you will soon be tramping around the fields like before, but meanwhile just be patient and give your tendon time to heal. :-)
    For me it was actually a bit exciting to know that I was doing something risky! LOL
    Take care and happy healing!……… Manny

  8. Hey Manny I have a question for you. You mentioned stiffness on your calf. Is this the first time you felt it? Do people who choose non op route not feel stiffness? I read this guy’s blog that was one of the blogs listed here. Not sure if you read it. He’s some kind of a health guru that wrote books about health and he went non op. According to him he was 100 percent healed in 6 months. Is that possible? And he never mentioned any stiffness. I think the blog is feedyourheaddiet dot com. I am very curious to know if the stiffness issue is worse for people who had surgery. Was curious on your opinion since you are such an expert! Thanks!

  9. The blog is feedyourheaddiet dot com slash pop dot html.

  10. s40love, I had not read the blog http://www.feedyourheaddiet.com/pop.html, and it is really interesting.
    He was non-surgical and he was jogging at 4 months! Wow! I will just point out that he as in great physical shape, ate according to a plan, and definitely believed he could heal quickly. Mind over matter is no joke, and he is a real live example of healing quicker than others do.
    As for not mentioning stiffness, he mentions that he never felt any pain. We are all different, and heal (and hurt) in different ways. Without endorsing his diet, I will say that he definitely did very well in his recovery.
    He reports being 100% at 6 months, going back to all his former activities. And without a whole lot of PT sessions, to boot. This is really impressive, and I’m glad that he did not re-rupture his tendon, so I can push the envelope just a little more (I will be going on excursion next week!).

    I’m over 4 months, and the stiffness has come about as I’ve started walking without heels, so I’m not sure what to say. Today I did no exercises and almost no walking, and still feel the tendon and have occasional needle stings on the sides of the ankle. Can’t explain it, but I hope its just a sign of recovery…. My orthopedist and others say that it takes around a year of rehab for the tendon to repair itself (taking all the internal scar tissue out and replacing it with tendon cells), and that the tendon has the characteristic of just about always repairing itself - though in the past people were lame due to stretched and badly healed achilles tendons.
    And thanks for feeding my ego! I’m really no expert, I’m just repeating what other people have said. LOL.
    I hope this answered your questions. :-D

  11. Thanks Manny for the insight, very helpful. My theory is non-op have less issues with dorsiflexion stiffness due to not losing tendon length, and the tendon reattaching naturally, but it’s just my theory, I might be wrong. I agree that healthy mind and what you put in your mouth make a big difference. Your needle stings could be just the nerves or muscle trying to come back. It should go away eventually. Happy healing!!!

  12. Manny and others further up the road, can I ask a question? I am at the stage at 8 weeks where my boot as of today has movement to it, only a little, and I need to start to learn to put weight on it agin. I have been PWB with both crutches for a couple of weeks, no probs, now my Physio wants me to use the crutches differently - as an extension of my natural arm movement, so a crutch with opposite leg. This means that I have to put my full weight on my ATR leg and one crutch, and I am absolutely terrified it will rupture again. I know I have to get through this bit, but I am so scared of doing it! I got to 46 yo without a scratch and this has really stopped me in my tracks. Plus I have never been fab at trusting my body… Huge learning curve. Know I need to get over it and man up, but would really appreciate the insight you may be able to offer. How do I get to the point where I really believe it will be ok with weight on it?
    Thank you all x

  13. Hi there. Answer is somehow simple. The boot will take the weight and you won’t suffer any damage. However it is a confidence exercise and you may want to build up in a trusted environment. So, don’t jump out to the world with the new set up and start building up indoors, put gradually more weight on and see how it feels.

    It will get tired but shouldn’t be painful, do ensure a right fitting before you start. Once you’re into it you can basically do everything you did before in terms of normal movement (up and down stairs, walking relatively long distances, dancing as manny would have you know and more!)

    Suerte

  14. Hey Couchy007, just like Pozaicer said, the boot protects your tendon from stretching which could damage it. Although it may feel counter-intuitive, applying force to the tendon in the form of bearing weight actually helps it to heal stronger. We all experience that fear of actually walking on it again. One of the easiest methods to help you get comfortable is to remove the problem of moving with crutches. Try standing at a table top where you can lean on your hands and easily balance. Then start to just shift your weight onto your injured leg and then back. Slowly as you feel comfortable and don’t feel any pain then you can put more and more weight onto the leg until you can stand and balance there on one leg. Once you’ve felt that then you’ll be more comfortable to try it out with the crutches because you know your one leg can support you. Good luck! I’m sure you’ll be walking around on that boot in no time :)

  15. Pozaicer and Beanie, thanks both very much. Am trying all of that and more, much appreciated. Have ordered an even-up which should also help. Cheers!

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