7.5 month update

PT ended for me about a month ago.  I was sad and happy and scared to leave all at the same time.  I didn’t expect to be scared or sad, very strange, but I guess after going through what we all have, or are going through, takes its toll in unexpected ways.  Last saw the Dr. on 9/8 and he was very happy with what he saw.  I almost got kicked out of his office for asking him whether or not in his mind 10 months (he originally told me 10 months to resuming normal activities assuming I was progressing appropriately) meant 40 weeks, or 10 calendar months, because 40 weeks takes me to 12/26 and 10 calendar months takes me to 1/21 (I don’t want to miss any snowboarding time if I can help it).  He chuckled and told me I can go, but warm up, stretch and if I feel any discomfort I should stop.

I’m back in the gym now which feels great!  its been more of an extension of PT in some ways which isn’t bad.  I’m doing cutting exercises now and feeling no discomfort.  still no deadlifts or squats, but that can wait.  Ive been working the bike, and elliptical along with upper body.  I cant even begin to express how good it feels to be able to work out again.

every once in a while I feel some stiffness back there, but for the most part, I have no complaints other than what’s going on in between my ears.  I suspect that’s going to be a struggle for a while.  its amazing what this injury does to your confidence, even when you feel good.

I attached a pic of my Achilles area taken this evening (I hope it uploaded because I don’t see it on the draft of this post).  my right is the one that was repaired, and is definitely thicker than the left, but not so bad.  my surgeon repaired me using the arthrex pars system/procedure, and you can see my scar is perpendicular to my Achilles, but it is very small.  my range of motion is comparable to my uninjured leg as far as I can tell.

I hope that all of you are feeling well, I never thought id get to this point, it sure was a long road, but so far I couldn’t be happier with the result.


3 Responses to “7.5 month update”

  1. I see my picture didn’t make it. if someone can tell me how to do it I would be greatly appreciative

  2. Thanks for the update and it looks like you are doing very well. Regarding the pics. Many people have the same problem. You may need to site specific search on the main page for an answer, Ryanb gave good instructions that worked for me but it has been so long now I can’t remember how to do it. His instructions are the best so I hope you can find them. I had a go but couldn’t. They may be on his blog.

  3. Hi Sturat, day 56 update. Saw consultant again last Thursday & after brief examination and pinch test he said that it’s healing ok but there’s still a small gap but was pleased that I could to move my foot up and down naturally. This seems like a contradiction to me, surely if there’s still a gap I wouldn’t be able to move it?? He said to take one more wedge out this week, leaving just the heel cup, & keep the boot on for 3 more weeks when walking but take it off while resting and sleeping. Then revert to normal shoes with heel pads for a week before seeing him again, when he should be able to sign me over to PT. I was planning to travel a week after that, so would I be able to take exercises from PT and do them myself independently? I was planning to do easy walking & swimming every day while I’m away and could also have access to an ex sports PT privately if necessary. My other question is how long does the sweelling last? My foot & ankle are ok in the morning but still swell up during the day. Thanks, Jon

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