A question for everyone

Hi all, this question is going to get a huge range of answers because everyone’s recovery is unique. I am wondering how long it took individuals to gain strength back in their calf. How long did it take until they were able to stand on their bad foot and be able to do a single leg calf raise?

4 Responses to “A question for everyone”

  1. Hi savvy525,

    this could be totally wrong/conservative but I just came back from my 8 weeks visit with my OS who was very happy with my ROM and strength of tendon in general but told me that they don’t even start exercising the calf muscles until week 12 (surgical and non-surgical patients alike). My guess is that your PT knows best.
    Good luck

  2. hi savvy,

    when i did my last ATR, i’m not exactly sure about when i could do a single leg calf raise, but i know for a fact i was playing soccer again by 5 months. i think i was doing the single leg raises around 3.5 months. from what i’m reading on other people’s blogs, this seems fast and i can only hope to reproduce that recovery for my current ATR. as soon as physio started, i did make a point of doing some kind of exercise pretty much every waking moment. like i remember when i could finally do single leg calf raises, i was doing 3 sets of 20 probably 9 or 10 times a day. i was probably overdoing it but i definitely think this helped and plan on doing it again.

  3. I too am curious about the average time most say. I’m at 10 wks post a re ATR. Mine was surgically repaired in march, I got to 13 wks and it blew out, 1 wk after the surgeon said all was good. He believed there was some stitches still there so he did the conservative route this time. I have yet to get to the 1 leg calf raise, and right now don’t really try. I do test it Norm’s way with the bathroom scale. I stand on the floor with the good leg and put the bad foot on scale and slowly apply pressure until the tendon feel sore or the heel goes down. I can do 1\2 my body wt right now, sometimes 2\3’s. Not scientific but at 8 wks it was 45 lbs now its 110 lbs. So I believe I have a long way to go.

  4. Scales ARE scientific, Scott! (And I stole the scale idea from some other folks here, including Doug53 — who also had one of the fastest rehabs hereabouts.) BTW, I found I got VERY different scale readings, depending on whether I did it bent-kneed (soleus?) or straight-kneed (gastroc?). I’ve been much stronger bent-kneed, at least this time around.

    After my first ATR (and surgery) I did some (and shouldn’t have) at about 17 weeks, under my PT’s foolish directions. That caused a sharp pain at the back of my heel that kept me from walking properly barefoot again for another month. After that I didn’t rush to do more 1-leg heel raises!

    But when I saw my OS for the last time — maybe 7 months in? — I could do a bunch OK, but I was grunting and groaning. (He told me to lay off high-risk sports until the grunting and groaning went away.) By about 10 months, I could do a bunch of them without the noise, and I resumed comp. volleyball.

    This time (no surgery, and also 65 y.o.) strength recovery is much slower. Everything else has been much easier and also much quicker, but at 8 months, I’m still just getting my heel maybe 1-2 cm off the floor, depending on the hour and how it feels. Other than doing a few half-hearted raises while I’m brushing my teeth (2x/day), and bicycling ~30 mins/day avg, I’ve been a total truant at calf work.

    There’s also another thread here somewhere called something like “That damned 1-leg heel raise” where a slightly earlier “generation” compared notes — and frustrations.

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