Survey-One Leg Calf Raise..What week were you?

Columbus, OH-I was just wondering when the best time was to try a one leg calf raise. After reading about the most recent doctor induced re-rupture of a one leg calf raise, I went to PT. My PT told me to try and do calf raises with both feet which is fine, but to let myself down only on my good calf. I tried it one time and felt a sharp pain back there when just on the one foot so I quickly stopped? When did you try/do a one legged stand. My PT says that I have to be able to do three sets of ten one legged stand before I can try to run? Does that sound right? Thanks in advance everyone!!

5 Responses to “Survey-One Leg Calf Raise..What week were you?”

  1. 1 damacar July 17, 2008 at 9:40 am

    I’m 10 weeks post op and i haven’t even tried calf raises with both feet! My Doc suggested I just walk for a while before starting the next phase of PT. He and my PT said just walking in 2 shoes is probably the best thing I can do to build strength for a while. I’m ok with that. Believe i’m ready to go to the gym. I can visualize myself running but…I started riding my bike. WOWEE does that hit all the tight spots that the stretches and walking don’t get to!


  2. 2 jim July 17, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    I’m 19.5 weeks post op and still unable to stand on one leg and lift my heel off the ground. I send the order to the engine room, but she just won’t give me full power. The calf is a strange muscle. It’s very difficult to get them to grow even when they are not injured. The strength in my calf seems very positional at this point. In certain positions, it’s strong, and others still very weak. The weak positions seem to be slowly shrinking. Another thing that seems to complicate strengthening the calf is that I have become so good at protecting it from use, especially when I walk. I find I have to do things it’s not used to doing so I can “fool” the muscle to work. Things like biking, jogging on the treadmill, and walking backwards (this is a good one, but I’m convinced my neighbors think I’ve lost it), and pretending to stomp on imaginary bugs with the ball of my foot help trigger those areas I protect. I try to visualize it a few times a day and how good it will feel the first time I pull it off. Don’t worry, you will all be the first to know when it happens!


  3. 3 walshie July 17, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    Great post Jim…you vets are vital.

    Ive been doing 2-legged calf raises leaning up against a balance ball for over a week now…my bad AT is pretty much along for the ride, no strength at all really. I have been doing seated single calf raises, trying to make my sneakers “wrinkle” by the toes…I do these all the time, it really works my calf..my puny pathetic calf. I hate this injury.

    Matty your comment on my blog made me cough up my vitawater through my nose, thanks.

  4. 4 Tom July 17, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    Matts - My experience is very similar to Jim except I almost an extra 8 weeks along. I’m still not able to lift my heel up while standing on one leg. I have no problem doing it in waist deep water, but can’t manage to hold up my full weight when out of the pool. I also practice the single leg heel raise while holding onto a bar or table, but my arms are really carrying almost all the weight. I think there are others who have been able to get up on a single leg much quicker, so hopefully for the rest of you, I’m the exception in taking so long.

    Jim - I like the bug stompin’ idea! I’m going to have to give that a try.

  5. 5 jim July 18, 2008 at 12:17 am

    Tom, I figured that whole bug stompin’ thing out by accident. I was in the garage, saw a big spider, and stomped it reflexively. I realized since I didn’t have time to screw up the motion by thinking about it, I had used different muscles. I probably walked for 30 minutes afterward, making sure I used the new muscles and didn’t forget. My gait improved dramatically and the constant pain on push off decreased substantially after this slight change in gait. The stomp motion was leg straight, knee locked, foot slightly out in front of me with the ball of the foot off the floor about an inch. All the motion was initially in the ankle, just bending the foot down forcefully, and then finishing off with some pressure with the leg. I don’t know why this did anything for me, but it just made me feel some muscle I was protecting. Most of the time in this recovery there are things I can’t even describe or understand myself, and sometimes things just click. That may be part of my problem, trying to analyze every motion like it’s a golf swing or something, instead of just letting it flow. I feel silly writing so much about this trival instant, but it was a breakthrough for me. I just want others to know that at times of great frustration (I hadn’t made much progress for almost 2 months), something will just click, and you will progress. Spider got the raw end of that deal…thank you spider.

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