Hello all. Hope your recoveries have been going well.
It turns out I am now dealing with some flat footed walking as well as posterior tibial tendonitis. This is the new twist in my recovery, unfortunately. When I sit for long amounts of time, and then get up to walk again, I am VERY stiff, and the pain/soreness is pretty bad until I walk it off. By then, it gets a little better, but now my foot points a little outward while I’m walking to compensate for the pain I feeling in my inner ankle area. It’s kind of frustrating because it really comes and goes. One day, I’ll feel pretty fine, but during the next, I’m pretty much still all day not matter what treatment or exercise I do. Luckily, I got fitted for some custom sports orthotics in my shoes, so I’m hoping very much so that these can ease the tendinitis when they ship here in a few weeks.
As for PT, everything is going fine. I’m able to do the elliptical with resistance and pretty much any type of leg exercises outside of squats and dead-lifts, though I do admit that weighted calf raises (on the machine or seated) are a definite struggle. Finally able to do some ultrasound on my Achilles, though I haven’t seen a remarkable improvement with it. My surgeon last week told me that I can start jogging after New Year’s, and he pinpointed a February return to playing sports.
Another quick update..
I drove home to see my OS about the small part of my incision that is sill not all the way closed up. He looked and determined that there was a small part of a suture still there, so he removed that. All in all , he wasn’t concerned, but told me he wants to see me again this time next week. Anything to make sure that everything is ok. He also agreed for me to try to find a PT place that will allow me to be able to run around, cut, and all the activates that athletes can do. He had me run around the parking lot, which was HILARIOUS because he actually jogged with me a bit, suit and all. xD I was so very pleased that I was able to jog/run around without pain. He’d like for me to start jogging around the neighborhood/apartments as well as at the gym. Since I was off my feet for 4 months essentially, it will take at least double that to gain my strength back. Once my leg strength begins to get a little better, then my tendinitis will subside as well. All in all, a good news day. Let’s hope that I can keep this up! Thank you for reading guys.
Hello all. Hope everyone is progressing well. As for me, I am now 5&1/2 months out from my last repair in August. Ty surgery scar is now FULLY CLOSED and no longer leaks, which is amazing and opens up more opportunities at PT. I had to mail my orthotics back a couple days ago in order to get the “teardrop” in them removed because they were bothering me when I ran and stood for a long period of time. Walking around campus this week has been kind of tough because the tendinitis returned as soon as I went out the first time without the inserts. In therapy, we have been doing a lot of one legged balancing exercises, which are killer but appreciated. I feel like my quads, hamstrings, and glutes in the injured leg are pretty strong, but as soon as you look down past my knee, the lack of muscle is evident, and my foot dorsiflexion is still horrible. We have been working more on one legged balancing and strengthening, jumping on a “total gym” from one foot to the other, hurdle work, feet chopping and planting, weights, squatting, etc. On my own when I can get to the gym (2-3 times a week), I can run on the track, the elliptical, and do weight machines. Still no free weight exercises like squats, box jumps,etc because I feel like I am not strong enough to do them yet. The tendinitis is present through everything I do, but my therapist told me that it will be present until the muscles in my foot get stronger and stronger with each day.