Week 11 - Walking in 2 shoes! But sore…

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!

6 Comments so far

  1. kimjax on June 24th, 2012

    Wow - that seems like a lot of calf stuff at 10 weeks. I’ll have to work up my courage for that! :) Does the PT limit you to 12 min on the bike, or is that just to finish during your PT session?

  2. Andrew on June 24th, 2012

    Certainly appears that people in the USA have a much more aggressive approach to full recovery.

    To me it looks like you are doing brilliantly, so congrats, know your limits but keep pushing, looking mighty impressive so far.

    Happy healing

    Andrew

  3. housemusic on June 24th, 2012

    Hello NYC!
    Your recovery timeline and PT approach is similar to mine. I went to two shoes at ten weeks post surgery. My PT protocol included most of the exercises you are doing, and the PT also empashized the eccentric contraction (i.e. negative part of the movement).
    I live in LA and we drive everywhere.I also lived in NY and I cringe every time we hear from a New Yorker on the blog. The city streets are full of booby traps for healthy tendons…let alone a fragile one! You are still at risk for re-rupture. I presume you are avoiding the subway and you are getting help carrying grocery bags, etc. Keep in mind your right achilles is bearing a higher burden than normal and it may start complaining if you do a lot of walking.
    Good luck on your healiing journey and keep us posted!

  4. Scott on June 24th, 2012

    I went to two shoes at 8 weeks and it takes a few days before the Achilles wakes up and starts to remember how to work.

    Keep working hard and remember that an ice pack is still your best friend. Congratulations - wearing two shoe is huge :)
    Blessings and keep the faith - Scott (aka - Skutr)

  5. rupturedinnyc on June 26th, 2012

    Kimjax - the PT doesn’t limit me to only 12 min on the bike, but the goal of the bike is just to get me warmed up before I start the more calf targeted workouts.

    Andrew - thanks for the words of encouragement!

    housemusic - I’m from LA originally and I sure miss my car right about now. Good thing is I’ve found the bus to be a rather pleasant experience compared to the subways.

    Skutr

  6. rupturedinnyc on June 26th, 2012

    Kimjax - the PT doesn’t limit me to only 12 min on the bike, but the goal of the bike is just to get me warmed up before I start the more calf targeted workouts.

    Andrew - thanks for the words of encouragement!

    housemusic - I’m from LA originally and I sure miss my car right about now. Good thing is I’ve found the bus to be a rather pleasant experience compared to the subways.

    Skutr - thanks and yes I love that ice pack. Looks like you’re doing amazingly well on your recovery!

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