Saw a PT today and got some stats. Affected calf is 3cm smaller than the other and my dorsiflexion is 10 degrees less than good side. She seemed to think I was way ahead of schedule, but was unwilling to push things much with doc ordering boot for 11 more days (even though I told her I have been walking without it for 6 weeks). She gave me some basic exercises that don’t really push me at all, but psychologically, it feels good to be doing something to help my own cause. And getting what amounted to a foot massage wasn’t all bad.

4 Responses to “Stats”

  1. And you’re STILL quietly walking around without the boot, you sly dog!

    Those numbers sound pretty good for <9 wks post-op, Pete. The 10 degrees, especially, is trivial. It will probably go to zero, and if it doesn’t, you’ll still be fine. I think I lost about 10 degrees in that direction from my ATR surgery (8 yrs ago), and my surgeon and I were both delighted with the way it worked out — my volleyball teammates, too! (My opponents “not so much”!)

  2. If I am going to “heal long” the damage is already done. However, fear of re-rupture and my doctor’s warnings have kept me from doing most other things early. With 10 official days left in the boot, and the snow coming down hard outside, I will just wait it out now and crank things up a week from Monday. I thought the range of motion sounded good, but 3cm seems like a lot…or at least looks like a lot when I look at my legs together.

    One odd thing. I showered at the company gym yesterday and found the locker room floor near the showers (that hard plastic matting) to be almost unbearable to walk on due to heel sensitivity. I have had 0 issues walking around barefoot on any other surfaces (unless I step on a kid’s toy), but that rough plastic hurt for some reason. Any ideas?

  3. What’s the 3cm, Pete? Is that the difference between your foot placement when both knees are touching a wall and your feet are as far from the wall as they’ll go? I think that’s about what I had for the past 8 yrs, with my repaired AT dorsiflexing less, so closer to the wall.

    I am TOTALLY with you on the sensitivity to rough surfaces!! I am so comfy with FWB I’m pretty sure I could do volleyball-style jumps without bothering my feet, but when I walk barefoot into our molded non-skid shower-stall, my left heel says “Wait a minute, where are you taking me?!?”

    I also used to pad around the house many hours of the day in cheap Chinese flip-flops of the “massage sandal” variety, with little “erasors” or “buttons” or “pimples” under the feet, kind of like a traditional ping-pong paddle. Those things are still too aggressive for my healing heel! Nothing else bothers me.

    For a while my life would flash past my eyes when I stepped on an electrical cord barefoot, but that’s not a big deal now at 14 wks post-immobilization. But the semi-aggressive textured surfaces still seem WAY aggressive to the heel that spent 2 weeks NWB. I’m guessing that people who spend longer NWB have an even tougher adjustment, on average — though I bet nobody’s ever done a careful study of THAT! ;-)

  4. The 3cm is the difference in calf circumference between good and bad. Not sure if that is standard, more, or less atrophy than normal. Probably in a standard range I would imagine.

    Glad to hear the heel sensitivity isn’t only me. So very odd, when I can do everything else without the slightest care on the heel. That locker room surface is like walking on hot coals.

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