Full Weight Bearing Today!

Hi all.  Just had my ~4.5 weeks post-surgery appt with the doc and he has cleared me for FWB boot walking.   Wow - what an awesome feeling to be able to toddle around the house with use of both hands.  Still have 2 heel lifts in the boot so it’s a bit of an odd feeling.  Borrowed a friend’s “evenup” lift for my other shoe (the good foot) so I’m more balanced.   Next appointment in another 4 weeks.  I’m tempted to try to walk a few miles, but I think it’s best to start slowly and build up over time.

Good luck everyone!


Paul1’s Achilles’ Blog

Hi Everyone.   Today I’m celebrating my 3rd week post surgery - and yes, i’m using the word ‘celebrate’ pretty loosely!    I’m a 58 year old retired married male with 3 boys all about to head back to college so life will be a little quieter soon.  I used to be an avid tennis player but when I tore my scapho-lunate tendon in my wrist last year, i decided to move on to a less-physically demanding sport and took up pickleball.   I was really loving it until July 16th of this year when i experienced a complete Achilles’ tendon tear.  I had surgery 10 days later on July 26th, wore a splint for 10 days and I’m now wearing a boot.   My next doc appt is in 1 0 days (~4 weeks post surgery) and I’m hoping that i may start weight bearing in boot at that time, we’ll see.

First I thought I’d just mention some of the things I did to prepare prior to surgery which really, really has helped make my life easier post-surgery.   I bought a shower seat and installed a hand-held shower spray (very simple to do) which has just been fantastic.   I have crutches of course, but I have also borrowed two knee scooters from neighbors (one for upstairs and one for downstairs in our 2-story house).   So nice not to have to lug a scooter up and down the stairs.  I’m sure lots of others have recommended similar things, but I didn’t come across them quickly so thought it might be worth mentioning here.

I think I got a very good surgeon and I’m confident with the work he has done, but I am somewhat concerned that he doesn’t seem to think PT will be needed.  I’ve seen a lot of posts that describe some of the PT work others are doing and I don’t want to miss the boat on anything.   My doc isn’t opposed to it, but says he just doesn’t think I’ll need it.  We’ll see.  Would love to get your feedback on your own experience with this.   I did print off the excellent summary from Dr. Berkson that was posted to this blogsite and provides some stretches to do over time, but would love to hear what else y’all might be doing - including pool work (we have a community pool i could use when the time comes).  For now (3 weeks post surgery) I’m just taking it easy and not doing much other than wiggling and curling my toes and doing some upper-body workout stuff.  I sleep without the boot and am loving it!

Best I can figure, my planned protocol will be to start boot walking 4 weeks post surgery, and continue in the boot through ~12 weeks when I will advance to shoe walking, probably with a heel lift although i’m just guessing.  I currently have 2 heel lifts in the boot and I figure that will get weaned down over the next 8 weeks in the boot.

Look forward to sharing stories with everyone and hearing good advice from all you experienced hands out there!