I’m just over six weeks post-op and am ridding myself of the walking boot this week and switching to two shoes.  My surgeon had agreed to put me directly into a walking boot at week two instead of her usual protocol which had been cast for three weeks and then the walking boot.  When I went in for my six-week post-op, Monday, I told her I had gradually gone to walking on the boot without crutches over the last few days prior to the appointment and had been applying scar gel and massaging the scar several times a day for the last several weeks.  She told me that she was so pleased with progress and scar healing that she thought I was ready for two shoes as soon as I felt completely comfortable walking in the boot without crutches.  She gave me an AchilloTrain to use as a walking aid with two shoes.  It is fantastic!  It is woven wrap that goes over the heel/achilles with a gel-like wedge under the heel and provides compression/support around the achilles.  I started walking around the house yesterday with the AchilloTrain and today I’ve been walking with it outside with two shoes and no crutches.  I’m walking slowly and not without a limp, but it does not hurt and it really feels good/safe to walk on my own.  I encourage everyone to check it out.  At PT today I also got to try something called the G-Trainer, which is really cool and helped me a lot with walking.  The GT is an anti-gravity treadmill, which allows you to walk without putting weight stress on the injured achilles while working on your natural gait.  I’m going to use it as much as I can.  Thats it for now.  I want to thank everyone on this site for all the great information and support.  I’m so happy that I went directly to the boot instead of a cast.  I only learned about this option from others of you ATRers.  Same with the scar gel.  Same with compression socks.  Now it’s my chance to share the AchilloTrain.

5 Responses to “AchilloTrain”

  1. Glad to read that you like the Achillotrain. It would have been helpful for me too early on..

    For others on the site, here is a link to it: (Towards the bottom)

  2. Wow, I was interested in getting an Achillo Train but are they seriously worth $120. You said that your doctor just gave you one? Wow! I wonder if insurance would cover any of it.

  3. I think it’s worth it. The gel-like heel works really well. And it also provides compression/support around the achilles to reduce any swelling. I’m pretty sure my insurance will cover any charges for it. I’ll let you know.

  4. most insurances cover these as they are medically necessary for rehab of an ATR. I have one and hopefully will get the green light to wear mine with TWO shoes on 2 19 2009…and if they dont cover them, most docs will give a private pay discount…all you have to do is ask if they can give you a break on the price..and most will work out a payment plan with you as well…..IT IS WELL WORTH THE MONEY TO BUY ONE!!!!

  5. I’ve been wearing mine for the last five weeks and I think it’s great. I took out the insert about a week ago and now just use it for ankle support and to reduce any residual swelling around the ankle, especially during exercise. The compression around the tendon is really a great feature. I pretty much wear mine now only when I exercise. I’m at 12 weeks post-op and everything is going really well. I’ve started running on a treadmill this past week and it feels very good on the tendon. My AchilloTrain was covered by my insurance.

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