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Leg Strength

Posted by mikerford on July 27, 2008

The thing that has most surprised me about this injury is how my leg strength has deteriorated.  I am wokring with a 4 pound ankle weight to help with the quads etc., however, my calf is still very week.  I am 4.5 months post op and still cannot walk on my toes.  I have been doing double toe raises (standing and lifting myself on my toes, however, massively favoring my left - non-injured - foot.  I see that Dennis is running by month five on a treadmill.  Man, I would love to be doing that!

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Couldn’t I have just broken my leg?

Posted by mikerford on July 27, 2008

After learning what a long road that I would be going down, I often said this.  However, I have had to keep it in perspective.  A good friend of mine also is having medical issues.  Dave Welch’s site explains it all www.38lemon.com.  It makes me thankful that all I have wrong with me is a ruptured Achilles (repaired March 10, 2008). 

Still, it is quite depressing that on the NYC marathon race, I would be at mile marker 10.  16 miles to go.  It makes me wonder if I will ever play basketball/volleyball/tennis ever again.  I will be scared out of my mind to even move.

I truly have missed those three sports and missed being able to throw my canoe on top of my car and go fishing this entire spring/summer. 

My physical therapy has been good.  It is nice to read on this site that my PTs are having me do what I am supposed to do.  I am 4.5 months post-op and pretty much have a normal gait.  However, after tons of walking/standing my foot still swells up pretty nicely.   Does anyone else have this issue?

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