8 weeks post op / frustration

Posted on July 7th, 2013 in Uncategorized by sfce

So I have been FWB in the black CAM boot with no heel wedges walking around like a zombie. I have had my VacoCast for about a week but hadnt made the move since I have been so busy finishing up my bachelors degree. Well I decdied to go ahead and throw on the vacocast boot at 0 degrees, well I felt quite the pull in the AT area, this concerned me and really caught me off guard almost to the point I thought I did something bad. The quick shift in degrees all of a sudden gave me some ectra ROM. I did read some other experiences where scar tissues actually tears a bit and gives some better ROM in return. Turns out that my black CAM boot with no wedges didnt have me at neurtral, I thought I was at 0 degrees but to my dismay I havent been.

For the past few days I have been in the VacoCast at 0 degrees and feeling a slight pull in the AT but also feeling a pull in the Perneal area. This bothered me becuase I feel behind the curve at this point. I have really stepped up the physical activity by hitting the stationary bike for 25 minutes a morning. The result of the new gym activity is some serious heel pain and swelling but nothing to crazy. I have had some AT pain but I can never tell if its the scar or the actual AT. I do the scar massage nightly and man that is painful.

Since about week 5 I have been non-stop flexing my calf muscle all day long when in the boot. I dont know why but im obsessed and I have noticed that my calf muscles are getting stronger. Im still doing the physical therapy thing but its pretty lame and I dont really get the 1 on 1 I wish I could. I do the baps board and stretch and then ice it down. I downloaded the protocol from AlterG, which is a special treadmill where you can adjust what percentage of your bodyweight is actually put on you as you walk/run. Since there is one here in San Antonio I plan on incorporating it into my rehab since this other PT is not exciting me.


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  1. superjewgrl said,

    on July 8th, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Sounds like your making good progress. Congrats handing your injury and getting your degree.

    I’m still in a cast but i flex my calf all the time. Then I reach in and make sure I can feel it flex. Initially when I flexed nothing happened. It’s not exactly the same as the other leg, but i’ll take it. I now also get tingly in the leg when I flex. Does that or did that happen to you?

    Happy Healing! xx

  2. sfce said,

    on July 13th, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Haha yes flexing my calf is what keeps me sane! Yea in the first couple of weeks I couldnt move anything on that foot or calf.

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