Cut loose

I had my last appointment with the surgeon today. He told me the achilles looked “awesome” (as he said previously - his work, after all!). The therapist had told him that I had full range of motion but just 2/5 of calf strength. That seemed right to me, and the surgeon agreed. It has been so cold and icy here in Maine that I haven’t done much walking, although I have been doing the exercises prescribed at PT. The surgeon told me, as he had before I decided on surgery, that I probably would not ever achieve full power, and because the rupture had not been immediately repaired (thus bringing atrophy to the calf even before surgery) recovery would take 8 months. However, even now I am walking fine, and comfortable on stairs and hills - and, at age 70, my basketball days are far in the rear mirror. So it felt fine when the surgeon said he did not need to see me again. Thank you for everything, Dr. Asherman.

Published in: on January 22, 2014 at 6:03 pm


  1. On January 22, 2014 at 7:35 pm kimc Said:

    Congratulations on the “awesome” looking achilles! Had to be great to hear your surgeon saying that.

    Glad to hear you’re doing so well. Take care in these cold, windy, icy, snowy days. The weather this morning looked gruesome in Maine!

  2. On January 22, 2014 at 9:16 pm normofthenorth Said:

    Love the progress and the writing too, SB! Keep ‘em both coming. You may be one of the few people here who’s more senior than this “geezer” — though I think I worked harder than you to R my AT (EACH of them!)!

    Your surgeon may turn out to be accurate in lowering your expectations, but I’m betting you’ll end up at 100% or close. Don’t Stop!

    What you’re calling 2/5 of that 100% includes a normal gait with a normal push-off at the end of your stride? That sounds like >40% to me. At some point — my blog remembers! — I went for a fancy dynamic strength test where my recently-injured leg registered something around 60+% of the other one (long since fully recovered from its ATR 8 years earlier). I think (guess) that most people need around 60% to “walk fine”, though initial strength and body weight are important variables.

  3. On January 23, 2014 at 12:01 am Ron Said:

    Congrats, we all can’t wait for that day to come.

    Good luck and I wish you the best. I could not imagine going through this injury at the age of 70. Great work!


  4. On January 25, 2014 at 3:37 pm sacrebleu62 Said:

    What wonderful support from everyone here! I am grateful to belong to this generous group: thank you. (Norm, do you ever sleep?)
    I wish everyone a confident, satisfying recovery. The path is long, and not always straight, but I think there might be a rainbow at the end of it.