Jun 12 2010
I’ve been meaning to post for weeks now and have been checking the progress of my fellow ATR folks on this site from time to time. Perhaps as a benchmark to my own progress, so time to give some back…
I’ve been feeling really good lately, swelling is down considerably over the past few weeks, even after a strong PT workout or just general activity around the house. Some mornings I’ve got the limp until the AT warms up, but usually it’s ready to start the day each morning. Scar is nearly healed and the AT itself is getting thinner. Bumps on the AT have smoothed out as well. Seems all good there.
I can now do at least 15 single leg calf raises, but not nearly as high as the "good" leg. PT has me on the treadmill now doing a fast walk to warm up, then run at 7.0 for 1 min, walk for 1 min, about 5-6 times. I don’t have extra swelling or excessive soreness from it either. I’ve been mountain biking again (since last week), and even surfing (past 3 weeks). I can say that I’m pleased with the progress. Had my Ortho follow up on 5/26 and he essentially dismissed me, saying call if you feel you need to see me. I’ve got PT for another few weeks and then I’m on my own.
The only issue I have is when I crouch down low and put all my weight on it, I get a pinching pain in the front of the foot (opposite from the AT). PT said it could be due to the swelling around the ankle bones, tendons and bursas. I feel the pinch after I land after a jump or a low crouch while surfing. Seems to hurt for a few minutes then goes away. Anyone out there have a similar experience?
It’s clear I’m nowhere near 100%, but I’d say 65% is probably close. Hey, kinda like that Marathon tracker, eh?
Overall, progress comes weekly now, where I feel I can do slightly more of all my PT exercises (jumping, heel raises, running, dips, etc). Just in time for summer! Still playing it smart, not going full steam into sports I know could set me back and especially those I don’t usually do (which is how I got here in the first place.)