Apr 12 2008

Finally a picture

Published by ross at 9:39 am under Picture


Here is a 4 week post op picture..

15 Responses to “Finally a picture”

  1. brendanon 12 Apr 2008 at 10:28 am

    Ross - nice work…on the picture! Your scar is a long one…but makes for a better story for sure. How is it feeling today?

  2. rosson 12 Apr 2008 at 2:45 pm

    Feeling great…No crutches, using my 7 iron as a cane. Acutally walked up steps like a normal person…anxious at first but can put full weight on it with no problem.
    Daughter went to get a pedicure and manicure…14 years old..I tagged along and said what the hell and had my first pedicure…not sure I should admit it but it felt real good, my ugly feet feel good but their still ugly..LOL
    Swam the last three days and amazing how much stamina and strength you lose over the 4-5 weeks…
    I trust you’re doing well…how’s the weight bearing going??
    Remember we’re one day closer to the end.
    Enjoy a cold one..
    Doc Ross

  3. brendanon 13 Apr 2008 at 8:02 pm

    Ross - good idea on the 7 iron…I’ll have to try that sometime. Weightbearing is going pretty good, I’m probably at 50% or so. I spent quite a bit of time today on my feet, working in the garden, and my AT is a little sore/swollen tonight. I’m icing and going to take it a little easier for the next few days. My theory is that since I didn’t bear any weight for 5 weeks or so, that it may take a little longer to get to FWB. My goal is to be FWB in two weeks (8 weeks total). I’ve got my cold one right next to me too…my Nuggets are finally playing some defense!

  4. Doc rosson 14 Apr 2008 at 6:34 am

    Brendan and all..

    Glad to hear everyone is moving forward..literally..

    Brendan….Ask for an achilles brace..I am wearing it (with the boot) and it cuts down on a lot of inflammation as well as gives me more support. I will try and take a picture of it so you can get an idea..

    Dennis..tried the treadmill walking idea and thanks…really awkward at first..was wondering about details…
    speed?? time on it??
    Did you ice/heat after??

    As I am FWB with boot..was wondering how it would feel putting on another sneaker…so I put it on and walked around the living room and felt great but looked like a chicken…
    Now I’m excited…
    Thanks to all
    Doc Ross

  5. dennison 14 Apr 2008 at 8:46 am

    Doc ross -

    The treadmill walking was at a fairly slow pace. Like a slow walk. The speed was increased to “moderate walking speed” walk after I became more comfortable with the walking.

    Please keep in mind that the exercise was done in normal shoes for me, but I can see it help with walking in the boot as well. The PT emphasized heel-to-toe walking as well as making sure that I was comfortable putting my full weight in my strides.

    They iced my heel at the end of my PT visit with e-stim (at the same time).

    I’ve only done this exercise at the PT’s office as I don’t have access to a treadmill.
    You might want to speak to your PT about the exercise first, as I am doing this exercise at a later recovery stage.. (it’s my favorite one).


  6. dennison 14 Apr 2008 at 8:57 am

    Doc Ross -

    By the way, the time I spent on the treadmill was about 5 minutes.

  7. Doc rosson 16 Apr 2008 at 12:27 pm

    My surgeon gave me an ankle brace that helps to support and decrease the inflammation associated with going FWB but still in the boot. You can actually see the tendon after wearing it. Here is the website of the brace. He gave me the Bauerfield Achillo Train Pro. Ask your surgeon for it or get something similar.

    If you have any questions about it let me know.

    Doc Ross

  8. Tomon 16 Apr 2008 at 2:28 pm

    Ross - The brace looks very intriguing. Do you think it would still be of benefit at my point in recovery? Or is it more appropriate in that 4-12 week period?

  9. Doc rosson 16 Apr 2008 at 4:00 pm


    Definitely can give you more support during the rehabiliatation phase. It is not something we want to depend on all the time. If you notice swelling after a workout it can help. This is the analogy I use when advising patients about using a brace….”professional athletes will tape their ankles not because they have a problem but because they will be stressing their legs and anything that helps to support can reduce sprains and strains.”
    I plan on using one when I return to action for the first year. Then hopefully mother nature has healed it thoroughly.
    “We are one day closer to the end”

    Dr. Ross

  10. dennison 16 Apr 2008 at 6:53 pm

    doc ross -
    Please let me know if there is a particular one that you’ve looked into already. I’ve also heard that compression socks are good if you have swelling from standing too long.

  11. chilidog61on 22 Apr 2008 at 10:15 am

    Hey Doc Ross…

    Since U seem to be the techical guru on this blog site I had a question I hope U could answer…

    I basically drop kicked my patio deck with the ATR foot one week post-op after I lost my balance…I had a major surge of pain that went right thru to the heel and surgery site…

    I am concerned I might have done some damage though it feels good right now…I have a 2 week post-op appointment this Friday…

    Should I request an MRI to check for damage ??? Will the “Thompson” test and visual observation suffice for any damage done ???

    Any recommendation would be most helpful and put my mind at ease…


    Kurt…AKA Chilidog61

  12. rosson 22 Apr 2008 at 11:57 am


    Are you in a cast??
    Did you notice any swelling after or just the pain?
    There can be pain from tearing the adhesion/scar tissue that is healing, pulling of a stitch, of just stretching the AT. Since it feels ok my bet is that you just stretched it out and it will be fine. Obviously let the surgeon examine it and make sure everything is intact. Make sure you are icing it down if you’re not in a cast.
    Let me know how it goes Friday?

    Doc Ross

  13. chilidog61on 23 Apr 2008 at 12:40 pm

    Hi Doc Ross,

    I am in my “first” cast…I definitely had more pain than any swelling after the “drop-kick”…Should I request an MRI ??? I think I simply performed the “ultimate stretch” exercise…Ouch…Thanks your help…

    The Chilidog

  14. Tomon 23 Apr 2008 at 12:57 pm

    Chili - I don’t want to answer for Ross, but I thought I’d throw in my 2 cents. Are you still feeling significant pain from the “drop kick”? If not, you’re probably just fine. I think a number of us have done something similar while on crutches. I hit a wet spot on some smooth concrete causing a crutch to slip and ended up using my injured foot to catch my balance. Had the same pain you described that lasted about 30 min. I was nervous the rest of the night, but then was fine the next morning. I believe it’s pretty difficult to do any significant damage while your foot is immobilized in the cast. IMO an MRI isn’t necessary unless a Thompson Test is inconclusive. With that being said, you should definitely discuss with your doctor.

  15. kev34on 23 Apr 2008 at 3:05 pm

    I think we have all been there..i fell down a small flight of stairs(maybe 4 steps) shortly after getting on crutches…I landed on the tip of my toes on the ATR foot…I called the Doctor asap, and he said that it was almost impossible to injure the tendon while it was in the hard cast…at least hearing that gave me peace of mind…good luck with it…Kevin

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