16 weeks and getting stronger

Wow, hard to believe it has been sixteen weeks now. My achilles is definitely getting stronger, I had a physio appt this week and I can lift about 70% of my weight on my injured right leg doing heel raises. Physiotherapist has said to target a single heel raise for six month mark, we will see.

I played a game of golf today, likely the final one of the season, it is getting cold here in the northeast. But for the first time since the injury I WALKED the course , much better than using the damn powercarts! Felt great and I hit the ball well, good way to end the year.

I continue my gym routine, still have not done squats, stepper, or rowing machine where loaded dorsiflexion can occur. No issues with treadmill, eliptical, bikes. Went swimming in the hotel pool while travelling last week, felt great to swim and do sigle leg calf raises while in waist deep water, LOL.

Achilles is still tight first thing in the morning and if I have walked a lot of uphill grades I can certainly feel it (like right now after climbing greens and tee boxes today, LOL. The ankle does not swell as much anymore, and the tendon is starting to narrow, although still much thicker than what I see on my left heel. It is pretty obvious the rip was just above my heel, big bump on the tendon where the scar tissue has formed.

Fairly impressed with my progress at 16 weeks with the non-op approach. I think the Vacocast and early PT helped a lot. Cheers to all!

3 Comments so far

  1. normofthenorth on October 27th, 2013

    Sounds good. Doing heel raises and such in waist-deep water is great therapy, not just an LOL. As you recover you can gradually move to shallower water, so you can keep perfect form without over-doing.

  2. craiger9er on October 28th, 2013

    Great News and keep up the good work. I’m just over 5 months and am now starting to feel my heel come up on a single calf raise. Keep up the hard work and you’ll hit your mark by 6 months I bet.

  3. kellygirl on October 29th, 2013

    I’m impressed with your progress too! Sounds like you are doing really well. Keep up the good work, non-op buddy!

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