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#firefighterninja + 4 week checkup

06/03/2015 · 1 Comment

Wow! Dennis Lappin, a 39-year old firefighter from Michigan, completed Kansas City’s qualifying course on the obstacle course TV show, American Ninja Warrior. Dennis is a second time contestant who DOUBLE ruptured his Achilles exactly one year ago at the same event. Congrats, Dennis, on slaying the warped wall, and your injury! I’m feeling inspired…

Today was also my four week followup appointment with my OS. I was hoping he would start my long road back and prescribe me PT, but he is more comfortable with a total of 6 weeks NWB post-op, and wants to keep me fixed at 30 degs plantar flexion, to boot (hehheh). I guess I am okay with that. My heel is still tender, and I’m more concerned with avoiding re-rupture (which seems to have some correlation with aggressive PT) than returning to sports quickly.

On the bright side, he did give me a copy of the rehab protocol I’ll be placed on:

Of particular note, it says there is “major risk of re-rupture between 6 weeks to 4 months, especially when unprotected.” I’m thinking of continuing to wear my boot for a full month after I achieve parallel, and setting ROM to swivel between 30′ plantar flexion and increasing dorsiflexion from -5′ to -20′. We’ll see if I can bear the weight, bulk, and sweaty foot during the summer, but I am going to have a hard time giving up my turtle shell VACO cast. It’s become a part of me.

It was kind of fun to schedule goal dates for some personal milestones into my calendar. If I don’t encounter any setbacks, I’m hoping to:

  • Aug (month 3): lose the crutches; start walking flat, easy, longer strolls; bring my daughter to day care unassisted
  • Sep (month 4): ditch the boot
  • Oct (month 5): lose the limp
  • Nov (month 6): walk on the beach
  • Dec (month 7): hike up hills
  • Jan (month 8): try alter-G treadmill running
  • Feb (month 9): start jogging
  • May (month 12): take the training wheels off - no more restrictions!
  • December 2016: San Diego Holiday Half Marathon

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1 response so far ↓

  • LindaF // Jun 5th 2015 at 1:48 am

    Thanks for posting your PT protocol. It is good to see a long term plan/ roadmap. I would have liked to have gotten something like that from my PT. I am at week 14 and was behind on some of these things, but ahead on others based on your protocol. However, my recovery is gong fine and I am getting good care. I am going to suggest to my PT that they think about providing similar info. Thanks again for sharing and hope you have a good recovery.

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