Mar 25 2009

Am I crazy? What’s this bump?

Published by schmeck at 11:15 AM under Uncategorized

So at 3 weeks Post-Op (5 weeks post-rupture) Archie the Ortho-Tech put my boot at 22.5 degrees, told me to not to try to move my foot up (dorsiflex), and put no weight on it.

Between then and now (4 wks + 2 days), I’ve gradually adjusted the boot to 0 (or 90, depending on your boot/perspective), been moving my foot, and started to put weight on it in the boot.  Actually today, I took some steps around the kitchen without crutches (does that count as FWB?).  I’ve also been doing toe raises, but just with the weight of my leg as I sit on the bed or a chair.  I don’t think I’ve been pushing it - I haven’t flexed past the point where I feel tightness, in the boot or out.

The incision closed up within a couple days after the appointment, and it looks alright.

Things feel pretty good.  I do have a bump on the tendon at the top of the incision.  It’s been changing shape a little bit, mostly getting smaller, so I’m hoping it’s just some scar tissue.  The tendon seems to go in a little just below the bump which seems a little stange, so I’ll have to ask the Doc about that.  Another blogger mentioned the surface of their skin being uneven and I had that for the first few days after the cast came off but I just have the one bigger bump now.  I though the unevenness was from where the stitches were.  There were a couple points that were tender when I touched them early on, but that’s gone now.

Leg at 4 Weeks

I don’t know if the Dr. will be pissed off that I’ve done more than he recommended - probably.  But he recommended to not do anything, which I didn’t like.  I’m debating whether I should set the boot back to 22.5 before I go see him on Monday so he doesn’t know, but full disclosure seems to be in the best interests of good healing.  Someone told me that doctors here can drop you as a patient if you aren’t following their advice - hopefully it doesn’t come to that.

The loose skin around my calf muscle has tightened up some, and at least my calf doesn’t seem to be getting any smaller.

I suppose the majority of people would say I should do what my doctor says, and they’re probably right.  Following the advice given to someone else by another doctor probably isn’t smart, but basically I’ve been doing what feels right to me, and picking and choosing from other blogger’s protocols.  Crazy?  Maybe.  Maybe.  What do you think?

Zander - Another bath

5 Responses to “Am I crazy? What’s this bump?”

  1. ganahlsearchon 25 Mar 2009 at 3:36 PM

    Wow! Cute kid.

    I would not lie to the Dr. - You dont always have to take their advice as they dont know everything but you should not lie to them, share your thoughts with him/her ask them to explain why they want you to do what it is they want you to do. Good luck with you rehab. My skin is uneven too. I chalk that up to the sock pressure or boot, I figure it will go away eventually.


  2. Smishon 25 Mar 2009 at 4:12 PM

    I love the pictures of your baby. Makes my day. Everytime I see you have a new post I click to it and scroll down to see the pictures. Then, I must admit, is when I go back and read your post. I bet he is sooooo much fun. I had two boys and they grew up way too quick.

  3. matthewon 25 Mar 2009 at 5:43 PM

    i would be very careful not following the docs advice. remember your only 4 weeks post op. A lot of the tendon hasn’t healed. be careful and good healing!

  4. bookladyon 26 Mar 2009 at 12:15 PM

    Hi Schmeck —

    Your wound looks beautiful and Zander is getting more delightful at each post!

    As much as the visible transitions of the our post surgery (plaster casts, crutches, boot, etc.), help to measure our progress, four weeks is still a short time for our tendons to recover from such trauma. Your tendon is still very vulnerable at this stage. I would want you to be able to be able to carry and sprint after your little boy freely.

    Wishing you well –

  5. Tysonon 01 Apr 2009 at 3:04 AM

    Yes, you’re crazy. Smarten up.

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