I continue to do well. Went from two lifts in the boot at week 4, to one at week 6, to no lifts now. I am walking around the house, carefully, without the boot. Very,very slow and careful on stairs. I have handrails on both sides so that helps. If I didn’t, I don’t think I would even try it without the boot.
My achilles has definitely been “tightening” and now I feel it most of the time. It has some nice tension to it. It is clearly much thicker than the good one. i have a modest lump at the bottom of my incision, and it likes to swell there a bit if I do quite a bit of walking. Doing lots of ROM daily.
Last 8 weeks have added about 10 pounds to me, so I started taking that seriously 1/1/2013. I am a very active guy who loves to eat! I really can’t wait to be more active again. More weight ain’t good, period, so I am on it.
If you want a laugh - snow shoveling with the boot requires planning. Two heavy socks help, but it is important to keep your booted toes out of 16 inches of local snow! While shoveling is not on the PT plan, it sure is aerobic! This isn’t the recommended way to ice your achilles!!
Ice all around - so. I think it will be some time before I venture outside without my boot.
My achilles feels stiff, with a sensation that it’s pretty inflexible in a two inch segment. My range of motion is about 85% of my good side. better with plantarflexion than dorsi, of course. I can really feel the tightness on active dorsi, and I do stretch it as best I can, just short of pain. No point is overdoing it now, and some of what I read suggests that week 7-10 is a critical time to avoid re-rupture. I am sure that I can’t rupture with active stretching, but my brain says go easy.
Next appointment on Tuesday. I expect my surgeon will be happy with my progress, and will scold me a bit for walking without the boot. He has spent 8 minutes with my achilles since the surgery which includes 5 minutes to put on a cast. Reading everyone else’s PT schedule has been helpful. While I do understand that patients and doctors are different, it has encouraged me to go just a bit quicker than my doctor suggests. So to be clear I am not playing doctor, but I am moving a wee bit quicker given my good progress to date. My goal is to be deliberate and to make steady progress.
By the way, I have to “remember” to walk slowly and correctly when i take my boot off. I take smaller steps, but I try to make them a normal walking motion. I do have a limp.
I have had some modest hip pain at night. I have done my best to even up my two feet when I wear the boot, but at the end of the day my hip on my boot side has been waking me at night. So I figure this will improve as I use the boot less often.
Back to doc on 1/8. I am ready for PT!!