7 Month Checkin

September 1, 2019 | |

It seems that my flexibility decreases each day I dont stretch out, and my strength remains week unless I exert effort in exercises, every other day. I am more flexible than before, but I’m writing today to ask:

Will I have to do stretching exercises forever? When can I stop my strengthening exercises (like close to 90% of my good leg)?


7 Comments so far

  1. cserpent on September 1, 2019 9:18 pm

    As my doc reminds me - 1+ year is the normal full recovery time. So don’t be surprised if you’re still having to work on stretching and strength for at least a year. But, again, it all depends on your body. I’ve given up on estimates since both my feet have recovered at very different rates.

  2. Fred on September 2, 2019 6:55 pm

    I would like to hear from people 2 years or more later. Do they still have flexibility and strength problems which requires working out specifically the bad leg?

  3. cserpent on September 4, 2019 2:44 am

    Hi Fred! My right foot/leg has absolutely no problems and my bone spur surgery on that foot was 2/2017. However that foot was also totally well at 5.5 months after surgery. I’m 5 months ahead of you on my left. I’ve regressed some with the left since I’ve had to go back to just eccentric drops, calf stretches and heel lifts. If you have access to a gym use the calf extension machine. Do it with one foot at a time. Your non-surgery foot can probably push more weight than your surgery foot. Using that you can actually measure the progress you’re making in strengthening your calves. When I started out I had to use my good foot to help my surgery foot. Then as I did more heel raises and got a bit stronger I could do the surgery foot, by itself, with the least amount of weight. I’m now doing the same weight for both feet so I’m ready to stop doing the calf extension with one foot at a time.

  4. Sran on September 8, 2019 4:09 pm

    I will be 2 years removed on Oct 13. My doctor had told me 9-12 months of fully recovering but honestly it was 18 months. I’m back to running half marathons but when I run 10+ miles or lots of hills I get some pain around my heel-AT still… but it’s amazing to run pain free overall.

    I need to do the other foot now but holding off bc I know the recovery is 12-18 months!

  5. LeahMichelle on September 9, 2019 2:36 pm

    I hope you continue to get stronger and I hope things improve!

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