I had a follow up on Monday. After 4 weeks of PT, my calf is still a lot smaller and weaker than my healthy one. I still have a little pain when I walk and I can’t stand "tippy toe" on one foot yet. I showed him what I can and can’t do. Dr. said this is normal. I asked him what activity I can’t do now. He said "Nothing". What??? 4 weeks ago, he told me that I can not jog , Zumba, and tennis. "I can play tennis?" He said "Yes, but not competitively yet." I still have pain when jumping and sometimes just walking… I am afraid that I might rupture my AT. I asked "how long before the suture will melt completely?" Dr. told me "No, I did not use that kind. It will be there forever." Silly me. Somehow I was thinking the doctor used absorbable surgical sutures and I only have about a 6 month security. So, I was very careful with the PT, exercise , and any movement that I thought might cause a re-ruputure. He said "now it is all up to you to built back your calf muscle. But, after exercise, if you feel pain, stop that activity until the pain is gone." The doctor assured me about "NO RE-RUPTURE". I left the doctor’s office very happy.
September 13, 2011
August 2, 2011
One week since my cast was removed. I am at 70 degree now. Puffiness around ankle is gone.
July 27, 2011
Today my cast was removed! Yeah!! I am wearing a walking boot with removal soles. Each week I will remove one layer of sole. Dr. asked me to flex my ankle, but it was stiff as a stick. I was so scared to move my ankle… Dr. told me with confidence that " It healed. Move it. But not with your weight yet. See you in 3 weeks."
I am very happy that I can wash my right leg and take a bath, and I don’t have to use crutches anymore.
July 20, 2011
I was playing tennis on June 11 Saturday when ATR had happened. I went to a walk-in clinic to see a doctor (only clinic open on Saturday). The Doctor told me that I had ATR. The nurse from walk-in clinic called me to set up appointment with an orthopedic physician. I got an appointment on afternoon on the same day. (Since I didn’t know any orthopedic physician in this town, decided to see this doctor.) He explained that full recovery is 6 months. After a surgery 6 weeks in the cast, then 4-weeks in a walking boot, in 3-month I will jog, in 6-month I can go back to play tennis. I had a surgery on June16. Since the surgery on June 16, I have a lot of time to research how the other people recover from ATR. I was surprised to see the difference of starting PWB. Why is it so much difference? Should I have researched doctors before I had a surgery?
July 15, 2011
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