I had my first visit in a month to my surgeon today and expect it will be the last. He basically said don’t come back unless you have a problem. After taking a look at the ankle he pronounced himself happy with the results and then enquired into the PT situation. I told him all was good and that ROM is about 90% there, but strength is still a problem. He seemed to think that was pretty normal and basically said keep going to PT until I feel like it’s not benefiting me.
Actually he surprised me with an unusually (for a surgeon :-)) insightful comment that this stage, 2 months post op, can be tricky as it’s the point where real life starts to intrude into ones recovery and PT regime. I’m definitely feeling that right now, much as I love PT, going twice a week for an hour and a half + travel time etc.. is a hassle and increasingly finding time for exercises during the day is getting harder. I’ve let a few things slide work wise and now really need to catch up. Going to have to re-arrange a few things and get back into some discipline to make sure I keep up with the PT homework.
Essentially I think I’ve reached the point where the AT is no longer “THE PRIORITY”, but “A” priority amongst many.
AT wise things are good. As mentioned above the ROM is pretty good and I’m even starting to be able to walk down stairs normally which was my last hurdle to regular walking. I’ve started strengthening exercises on the calf, but not seeing huge improvements yet. Both my surgeon and therapist say that I’m past the danger point for re-injury so whilst I’m not about to take up karate or anything I feel a little less paranoid. Surgeon says follow the same routine for another month and then at three months go back to normal activity as much as physically able.
That’s it for now, hope everyone else is doing well.