The transition to two shoes

The last days in the boot

I went on holiday for 3 days and covered some serious ground for the first time in a while. I recorded at least 8000 steps a day - not much for a normal person, but boy that felt good in a boot! I felt really confident for the move to 2 shoes as, with my first ATR, I never managed to walk that much in the boot.

8 week Check up

8 weeks and 1 day after my right ATR was my birthday… and check up day. My doctor inspected my Achilles and I was cleared to transition to 2 shoes.

My doctor added one heel raise to my running shoes and I can also wear my boots with small heel (without a raise). Last time I had custom raised shoes made, but this approach is much more flexible.

With my shoes on I was ready for the first step… And it was awful! Because I had a cast and then a boot on for so long, it felt like my leg was floating and wouldn’t stick to the ground! But, with the help of my crutches, I soon had a walking motion going!

I was then instructed to try a calf raise with about 20% of my weight on my right leg. Such a strange feeling!

2 shoes

Last time I was instructed to wear 2 shoes inside and my boot outside for a transition period. This time, I’m wearing 2 shoes everywhere - unless there is a good reason to be careful (like needing to get to a meeting fast!).

My strengthening programme involves increasing the number of calf raises every second day, until I can do 60 in the morning and 60 in the evening. Then, I’ll work on putting more weight through my right leg. I’ll also add bent leg calf raises to work my soleus.

My main focus though is to get plenty of walking into each day. Over the last 3 days my walking has come along in leaps and bounds. My leg feels stronger every day. I’m focusing on walking as normally as possible, so that I do not develop a limp. I no longer need crutches inside, and just take them when I go outside to help with uneven ground, slopes, etc. So far, I think I’m well ahead of where I was 8-9 weeks after my left ATR.

I’m also gradually introducing biking into my routine. It’s scary how much fitness you loose with this injury, so it’s great to be able to start come cardio work. Getting to the gym is a real challenge, as I wont be driving for another 4 weeks or so. My Uber bill is sky rocketing.

My biggest challenge at the moment is swelling. My ankle area is getting extremely puffy. I have a compression bandage, but it’s not enough. I’m scared to try a compression sock though, as I got stuck in one when recovering from my left ATR! I’m massaging and elevating my foot twice a day to try and manage the swelling. I see my physio in a few days - hopefully she’ll have some ideas to manage the swelling better!

Happy healing everyone!

3 Responses to “The transition to two shoes”

  1. Congratulations for giving the boot the boot! I have been two shoes for 3 weeks or so and I also am having to manage swelling. I tried a compression bandage for Achilles, but the half of my foot that stuck out from the bandage swelled up like a balloon. I have ordered a compression sock to try - we’ll see how that goes. Please pass on anything you learn about what works and what doesn’t.

  2. I bit the bullet and tried my compression sock. It’s perfect. No struggles getting it on and off this time. And no swelling!! Hope yours works well :)

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