Wow time flies when you’re having fun (ironic!). I’ve been doing daily calf strenghtening with both double leg and single leg heel lifts, and my ankle movement range is pretty much back to normal. My achilles attachment is still a bit sore and slightly swollen but feels stronger as each week goes by. Closed shoes are still a bit uncomfortable although running shoes are fine. Thank goodness it’s late summer weather here and I live in sandals or thongs most of the time.
I saw the surgeon 4 weeks ago and he said I can progress to shallow water running. I’ve been deep water running for several weeks now with no problems, but running with my feet in contact with the bottom of the pool is another thing altogether. After the first run in a 1.1m pool the DOMS in my calf was so bad I could hardly touch my leg for three days - hmm, maybe 10 minutes was too long for the first session!
Once I can cope OK with water running I can try very short runs on land. I’ve been a bit nervous to try it so far as I still have some slight swelling and a noticeable lump on my heel. I also find that if I am on my feet a lot it gets quite sore by the end of the day, especially going up and down stairs. I see the surgeon again next week so I’ll try a couple of very short land runs before I see him, so I can report on progress. All things considered I think I am on track - just nervous of every twinge!