8 weeks post op

February 13, 2012

Valentines day, tomorrow is 8 weeks post op for me. I am still in the boot, locked in at 7.5 for the time being. I have already started the pool thereapy and have advanced quickly. I am cleared to lift weights as usual with the upper body but also to start lifting with the lower body.

I can get out of the boot and into tennis shoes to work out. Currently I am using the Nu-step and the stationary bike. I can use the leg press (both feet at the same time)no single leg presses with the surgical ankle. Hamstring and calf excercises. Basically anything that I want as long as I don’t put over half of my body weight on the surgical repair for another week. It feels great. My surgeon is laying out the plan along with my PT  for transitioning from pool thereapy to land therapy excercises and strength training. February 21 is 9 weeks and the plan is to get me out of the boot permanently a week from now, per my surgeon. I was fitted for an Arizona standard brace last Friday. I am to wear this during all officiating events for the next 6 months to a year untill it is fully strengthened. I tried a sample breace, and it actually is fairly comfortable as well as prevent over extension of the tendon on rapid starts.

The incision is great, fully healed, and actually doesn’t look bad. i have been putting vitamin E on the scar to minimize the scarring. Who knows if it actually works, but hey, it cost me $2.50, so what is there to lose.

As far as the brace, if nothing else, it will give me that peace of mind knowing that it is there initially. Mind over matter. Sometimes it isn’t the physical part that holds us back, but the mental part.

To all out there, keep the faith. It gets better. Take it easy and keep working the range of motion consistently as your surgeon allows.

Thanks to those for all of the personal emails giving me support.

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  • 1. Phil Kirk  |  February 14th, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Hang in there milford505, there is alot of support here and I hope you feel it. I am 100% with you on the mental recovery, sometimes it seems harder than the physical

  • 2. Janus  |  February 21st, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    That’s sounds like great progress for just eight weeks! I’m just over four weeks now, and not very mobile to say the least.

    Glad to hear your good news. It’s encouraging.

    All best.

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