Here I am at basically 5 weeks post op. Time flies when you’re having fun.
Today I had my first PT session which was good and the ankle feels looser and stronger just from the one session. Seems like I had a pretty standard PT experience starting with the whole patient history spiel followed by testing the current range of movement. My dorsiflexion and plantar flexion is about 10 degrees less in the injured foot than the good one, ankle inversion looks good, but eversion is pretty wimpy at this stage.
This was followed by pretty strenuous massage in and around the incision which felt fantastic, a little discomfort at times, but nothing too worrying and my initial 6 exercises for homework (ankle pump, inversion/eversion with stretchy band, toe curls, hip abduction and assisted hamstring stretch). For now it’s all fairly conservative stuff as I still have a week left in the boot. Will most likely have two sessions a week for the next 4 weeks or so and I expect it to get a lot more challenging.
The only slightly depressing thing was my lack of strength in the calf, could not really do seated calf raises too well at this stage. I measured my calf this morning and even though I seem to have only lost about 1/2 and inch on the bad side the muscle is basically just a passenger at this stage. Weirdly I feel as if I may even have been too conservative in the exercises I’ve been doing up to now. It’s hard to know how much you can push when you have no professional guidance and are justifiably terrified of re-rupture, but I feel like I could have been further along. That said it’s fantastic to be actually doing something positive to recover and I know I’ve been luckier than many in the speed of my recovery so far, so it’s all good.
Hope everyone else is having a good day and keep hanging in there.