Three and a half weeks and counting.

January 13, 2012

Three and a half weeks post op. I am now set at 90 degree’s in the boot and told to go to PWB 25% to 50% until January 16 then progress as tolerated to FWB. Once I am at FWB and have my balance back, good bye crutches. I start physical therapy on Jan. 16 with full range of motion excercises for my ankle and tendon. I have been told that this is crucial, as there is a small window to get back and retain my full range of motion. PT will go through the excercises and then I will aslo have excercises to do at home in between appointments. I have no pain with the PWB, which is good. It feels good to be up and around on it. I can feel the loss of strength in my calf from having a cast on and the boot. This will come back in time as we progress. More later as I enter PT.

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  • 1. ryanb  |  January 14th, 2012 at 12:00 am

    I just want to offer a word of caution about working range of motion too aggressively, too early. Poke around this site, and look for info on “healing long”. It’s right up there with “re-rupture” as one of the worst possible complications, but unfortunately, the mechanisms and causes are not that well understood. It is probably good to start active ROM work early - by all means, keep it active - but I’d be very cautious about any doing passive stretching until around the 12 week mark. You have a long time stretch your calf muscle- and the possible complication from over-doing, too early, is really bad.

  • 2. rosethorn  |  January 14th, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Wow, you’re moving along much more quickly than I am, but I’m so used to having this injury its great just to know my tendon is already attached (as opposed to wondering in non-op treatment). Enjoy those PT sessions; they may challenge you and make you sore but they’re the way back to a healthy tendon!

    I have done a few little passive stretches in the past week or so just because my ankle feels so achy. It doesn’t cause much discomfort but my surgeon took the initiative to make my tendon longer than average, to compensate for majorly atrophied calf muscles. That probably has a lot to do with the spasmodic response I currently have as well as having 90* ROM since week 2.

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