Dec 15 2011
Since my last update, I found myself getting a little frustrated with the slow pace of my progress. My working theory has been that the best way to rehab my injury was simply to use it- skate, bike, ski, walk, etc.
I’ve been rethinking that a lot lately- and have decided that while it may be true in the long term, right now I need to re-focus on specific exercises and activities for Achilles rehab. So, I made some changes, the biggest being that I’m now spending 2 days a week, working solely on strength building for my Achilles and calf.
“PT day” at the gym
I’m taking my own advice, and approaching this like a bodybuilder: I’m working my calves hard, 2 times a week, being sure to give them sufficient time to rest and recover.
Muscle tone has improved a lot.
I’m making a gradual shift in my nutrition program too; rehab is more about muscle (re)building now. So, more traditional high protein, less Jello, weaning off the kelp, enzymes, and such. Basically, I’m consuming what I have left, but not restocking the tendon specific supplements. I am trying to decide if I think my normal (vegetarian BTW) diet may have had deficiencies contributing to my initial ATR injury. I might decide that I want to make a long term adjustment to maintain tendon health (Jello once a week or something)…
I still have some atrophy issues to resolve. Good view of my scar status here too
After my battle with insurance, PT is now wrapped up for me- I’m on my own from here on out. I’m OK with that, my sense being that I was getting diminishing returns anyway. Through my job, I can access 4 additional (on-site) PT sessions with a new therapist- I plan to take advantage of that in January, just to get a fresh perspective and maybe some new ideas.
Balance is improving
I’ve have reached one important (seems to me) milestone. Up until recently, whenever I’ve worked my injury, I’ve felt like the injury itself has always been the limitation. I’m not sure if my Achilles has just gotten stronger, or if my calf has continued to get weaker, but that’s not always true now: If I’m careful, and doing fairly high reps, I can actually work my calf hard enough that the calf itself fatigues/fails. Usually, it just hurts so bad (up high, away from the injury, a good weightlifting “burn”) that I have to quit
Lastly, I’ll mention that I’ve been working through another physical impediment during the last couple weeks. I crashed hard on the skis… for a while I thought I might have broken ribs. Turns out, I dislocated one, but I spent 10 days struggling with that before finally getting it popped back into place. My inability to breathe, all around hurting, and just generally being miserable surely contributed to my frustration. On the plus side, the down time gave me time to re-assess my plan/progress, and so perhaps it will end up being a good thing- getting me back on a more productive path.
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