Week 10! Fore!!!!

Hello all, time for another update in Seaweed’s recovery saga, LOL.

So I followed my plan, decreasing the Vacocast 5 degrees for the last few weeks and ended neutral position at week eight. At that time I decided to move along with the suggested protocol and started walking in running shoes around the house or anywhere “safe” and only put the boot on for unsafe walking. Since I was vacationing at my parents cottage with the kids, there was lots of “unsafe opportunities” on the rocky beach and up and down the dirt roads at the cottage. Glad to have the boot for protection. I tried a heel lift in my running shoes but found it uncomfortable so I took it out, I think they already have enough of a heel lift.

Upon my return I decided it was week nine, lets see if I can swing a golf club with the boot on as there were two upcoming golf events that I was supposed to play in but had tentatively declined due to injury. I set the Vacocast to -5 to +10 setting and went to driving range. To my surprise and delight, I found I could swing with no problem and could hit almost the same distance as usual. The next day I saw my PT and told him my plan, he agreed it should be safe in the boot, so this weekend I played two rounds of golf (power cart to get around)! It felt great to be participating again! I could certainly feel it by the end of both rounds (even with a cart there is plenty of walking and mostly on slopes) but just the level of discomfort I would expect with rehab of this injury. A second tournament for Special Olympics this weekend, can’t wait!

I have also ditched the cast when going to the gym and started doing both the bike and elliptical machines in running shoes. Tentative at first, but after a week or so I am back to almost my normal speed and resistance on both machines. Also have returned to leg press, leg extension, and leg curl exercises with both legs, much easier with no cast in the way. Have not tried any calf exercises yet, sticking to PT exercises for now. My PT was quite surprised that at nine weeks I have my full range of motion on the injured ankle…I told him I thought it probably had to do with the hinged boot and early WB protocol I had been following. I also saw an orthopod (mine is in Chile for three weeks) and he said everything looked great but cautioned full recovery is six-nine months out and to be cautious.

So for now I am continuing with PT…regular gym stuff, theraband exercises with more rigid tubing, started balance board at week nine (but nothing past neutral)…I can walk easily but do have a limp, made worse the faster I walk. I can climb stairs one leg at a time but cannot go down the same way, always bring the second foot to the same stair before going down. Some heel pain if I am on my feet for a long period, but nothing bad. And some swelling around the ankle at the end of the day, but is mostly gone after sleeping all night.

I had wondered where the tendon ripped but given the bump on the back of my heel where the scar tissue is being laid down (much like others have seen) it is not hard to imagine where it must have torn. I’ll try and post some pics of my leg and me golfing in the boot later this week.

So far so good, LOL!

5 Comments so far

  1. spacemonkey on September 9th, 2013

    Good to hear you are getting out and playing sport.
    I am still wearing a boot all the time but as the swelling goes down the bump in the tendon is quite visible. I am a bit concerned of how it will feel when I start to work it again in a couple of weeks, however encouraged to hear you are getting on well in the gym with trainers!
    The best thing about the boot is taking it off at the end of the day and putting your foot up!
    Best of luck with the Golf …..

  2. normofthenorth on September 9th, 2013

    Seaweed, that’s certainly a brilliant and blistering non-op cure! But PLEASE keep Watching Your Step for a few more weeks because the risk of rerupture is still hanging around, and you really don’t want to blow it now. You sound super-confident, and that can be scary…

  3. kellygirl on September 10th, 2013

    Sounds great! Echoing Norm that you are still healing for the first 12 weeks. My Dr. said it’s important to be cautious during that period. Good luck with the rest of your recovery!

  4. seaweed on September 11th, 2013

    Thanks for the encouraging comments…yes, I am still being very careful as this is clearly a critical stage in recovery. Cannot imagine having a re-rupture at this point and being back to square one, I think I would have to be sedated for a few months :-)

  5. normofthenorth on September 16th, 2013

    I’ve posted a imple way to walk down stairs normally with limited strength and even 0 ROM. On my blog and a dozen or so others. A search should find it quick. Works great.

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