I am now just short of 10 weeks post surgery and haven’t posted for a few weeks. I am now fully in two shoes and have been for 2 to 3 weeks. I am in physio, back in the gym (stationary bike only for cardio at this stage) and have even had a full night out (first since injury). I am still walking with a slight limp but this is reducing. Still no leg raises, etc but feeling pretty normal again. If anything, the main concern is that I need to remember that the achilles is still in recovery and so continue taking extra care when getting about. The more the limp goes the more the risk is that you forget to step off a kerb leading with the bad leg, that you can make the crossing if you hurry, etc. Also, when back in two shoes, there is no warning for other people (not that commuters concern themselves with people with crutches, etc anyway) so you also have to second guess the stupidity of others.
In my last post at week 6 I talked about my wound becoming irritated and then opening up and considered whether this was an infection or whether my physio had been over rough. Doctors opinion at 6 week check up was that it was fine and it was just irritation from activity, etc. The surface wounds were only superficial but was enough to scab over, etc. Like any right minded person, I would obviously pick my scabs and on doing so, a small knot and an inch or so of suture came out. After initially being concerned that this would lead to my whole achilles coming loose (comedy unravelling of a scarf style), I quickly realised that this wouldn’t happen (the suture disintegrated once out so if my achilles was relying on this I was in a bad way).
On carrying out a bit of googling, I suspect the irritation to the wound, etc was actually my body rejecting the suture material and rather than disintegrating internally, my body forced it to the surface. Has anyone else heard of this happening? I will ask my doctor on the next check up this week but had not heard of the possibility of this before the googling.
Once the suture popped out, my wound has quickly cleared up and there has not been any negative impact on recovery.
Hope everyone continues with recovery and take care.
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