I started walking with two shoes a week ago at week 10 (huge milestone for me!). It felt great to feel like a “normal” person again without that big contraption on my foot, but it’s definitely more difficult to get around the city quickly. I felt really good in the boot, with no pain, and I could keep up easily with all the hyper fast walkers in NY.
Now withou the boot, the tendon definitely feels pain after I’ve walked for too long and I can’t walk very fast yet. Last night was the first night I actually felt a sore pain that worried me a little (I was standing for a couple hours straight hanging out with some friends at a crowded bar).
PT has gone well twice a week and the therapist is focusing on light weights to target my calf muscle without straining the tendon. Just 12 min on the stationary bike. Assisted 2 legged calf raises with partial weight on my hands, standing squats holding the 90 degree position with no weight, resistance band, one-legged calf stands (slowly lowering myself on the balls of my bad leg and then rising up with the help my good leg), and finally single leg calf presses on the leg machine with 20 lbs.
Therapist says that the negative muscle motion is more important than the positive, so I’m focusing on pausing at the top of any movement and it really gets the calf muscle burning.. Even shakes uncontrollably when I get close to muscle fatigue but the therapist says thats totally normal.
Nowhere near running at all yet, but the walk before the run is definitely in full effect!