14 weeks post op

Well it’s been 14 weeks and things are still progressing slowly, but surely. I am doing calf exersizes every other day (mainly heel raises). As time goes on, I am getting a bit stronger and the tendon is a bit looser. My goal is to be able to do a one legged heel raise soonn, but I don’t think I’m that close yet. I’m still feeling a very strong pull on my tendon with more weight.

I am walking around better. When I concentrate on walking, I would say my limp is 90% gone. But as soon as I’m not thinking about it, old habits come back. There is still swelling going on, but it is becoming less and less.

I was starting to feel like I was out of the woods on the rerupture, but reading other peoples experiences makes me realize that I still need to be really careful. My surgeon gave me the guidelines of 3 months to walking, 4 to jogging and 6 months to basketball. I really don’t see my self jogging in 2 weeks. I haven’t even reached plyometrics in my PT yet. I’d rather take it slower and add a couple months to the rehab. It took David Beckham 7 months to get back on the field for partial games, and he is a world class athlete.

7 Responses to “14 weeks post op”

  1. Hi PD

    I have a good friend who had AT surgery on jan 5th, 2011.

    Recovery schedule ( a competitive Triathlete)

    5 wk both feet on stationary bike and exercising fine
    6 week in a shoe on a trainer spinning with a little pressure on the foot (twice wk)
    8 Week 1st bike ride outside. Very Easy tempo…Not much pressure.
    10 week boot off walking no heels
    12 week 40-45 min walk (flats)
    16 week walking slowly up hill part way (hills are tough)
    20 week (running 5 miles okay) hills still difficult

    I am understand the hard part now is the uphill walking and cycling. Flats are easy at 6months.

    Good luck you’ll get there…My advice from 4 ACL surgeries and now at ATR is don’t push to hard, but keep at it…it comes when it comes….

  2. Sounds like everything is going for you the same as me Pete. Seems like progress has slowed down like I am not reaching milestones as quickly as the beginning right after surgery. I am 13 weeks tomorrow and go to the doctor Thursday. He said at the last appt 4 weeks ago that I could start jogging after this appt. Like you I just don’t think I am ready for that yet. I still have trouble walking at a fast rate with a long stride, much less jogging!

  3. I am nearly to 4 months and would love to be running again. I tried it a couple of weeks ago for a few hundred metres and could manage a shuffle. I was feeling so much stronger and wanted some mental evidence that I was getting better. I haven’t run since then because I don’t see the point. My physio has given me a direction (much the same as an order) that I was not to run until I am what she calls +10 and can do 40 one legged jumps on my bad leg. the +10 refers to dorsi flexion range - with the toe 10cm (4″) from the wall, your bare foot flat and your knee touching it. Having been a runner most of my life I can see the logic in what she is saying. The lack of dorsi flexion will only cause stress on smaller tendons, in particular the plantar fascia which runs from your heel to the big toe. The forces of jogging or running are much greater than walking or cycling. For the moment I am content to regain my flexion and strength. I have been riding serious hills and walking faster and further. One leg heel raises are quite hard to get your head around. I can do them now but I would not suggest that this is an indication anyone else can. There are others that have trouble many months done the track. I would suggest it has the potential of being the single most dangerous rehab exercise you could do too soon. If you were going to try it I would first suggest you do it with your PT but if you choose not to do that then remember it is the going down that is important to control. Get yourself up by holding on to a chair or table and using your arms to take some of the body weight. Come down slowly again using your arms to take some of the weight. Start easy and build up slowly taking more weight as you are able. Start in your runners before you do it in bare feet. Yesterday at PT I started the dynamic exercises that will help me get back to explosive sports and was told there was more to come.
    I think your attitude and experience (reading back through all your posts) has been very good and balanced and it would be a good one for the new comers to go through. Keep that up as well.

  4. Hi petediddy
    When did you start PT and what was the first exercises you have done.

  5. Hi Pete.
    My advice is take your time to recover. I first ruptured my Achillees in May. Had surgery and was recovering really nicely. I was doing heal raises on both feet (about 50-50 weight on each foot), riding on an indoor trainer with no problems and walking with almost no limp. At 11 weeks my physio advised I was ready to try riding on the road but as I pushed off to get on my bike I re-ruptured the tendon and was back to square one.

    It’s easy to say now, but in hindsight it was too early and too risky to try riding at only 11 weeks. Everyone is different but unfortunately you never know for sure until you try. As it’s been mentioned, the risk of re-rupture will reduce with time. This time I plan on giving myself a lot more of it. Good Luck.

  6. All good advice. I’ll continue to move slow.

    CM, I started PT around 8 weeks. The exercises started with pushing in different directions with the therabands. I was also doing exersizes for my leg in general to regain stregth (quad, hamstring). Shortly after we went to single legged raises on a seated calf maching (started at 5 lbs.) and doing some balance work on a tilt board.

  7. petediddy
    Thank you for this info.

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