Nothing too exciting as of late. Went to the doc after my little slip. They removed the cast and he spent the customary 30 seconds with me. Said everyhting looks fine and said be careful. Got another shiny new cast and off I went. It sure felt good for that 20 minutes I had the cast off. WOW!!!

Now that I know the tendon is OK I wiggle my toes a little more and lightly flex my calf. I have read that this helps blood flow. Anyboby else doing some “in cast” excercise? I don’t think it is bad but I know I could never get a solid answer from the Dr’s office. I don’t want to be doing something that would slow my recovery. It sure feels good to move things around. Sometimes I feel like I want to flex my calf enought to pop the cast off and be free!!!

 

4 Responses to “Day 20 questions”
  1. m3521 says:

    Hey Matt,

    I found that the earlier I got my toes moving the better. It helps blood flow and also helps to get movement back to the tendons in the foot. I found Brendan’s blog below helpful. Good Luck!

    http://achillesblog.com/brendan/2008/03/28/2nd-post-op-day-25-appointment-questions/

  2. jenny says:

    Hey Matt, I had a cast for 10 weeks and just got it off 4 days ago. I also wiggled my toes as much as I could and often accidently pushed on the bottom of my cast while stretching the other leg in the morning (It’s actually kind of hard to stretch one side of your body and not the other) Anyway, it felt great, (the toe wiggling anyway) and really helped to reduce swelling.

  3. Jonathan says:

    Hey Matt,

    I’m a little in front of you I think, my ATR was 24th July. I spend most of the day wiggling my toes, but that early morning full-body stretch after my alarm clock goes off does bring me down to earth when you have to remember that you probably shouldn’t fully flex your calf.

    Jon

  4. bkkluggagecart says:

    Hey - I was instructed by my surgeon to start doing isometric gastronemius calf flexing (tense and release) starting right away. I was not excited about the idea, and had trouble feeling confident that i was doing it correctly - i tried on my good leg and saw the A tendon does tense when the calf flexes - so waited about a week until i started (after seeing a pysiotherapist). I still felt a little unconfident that i was doing it properly at the beginning - so started very light and easy and over time started to feel better about it. I was told as well it helps bring blood flow to the tendon to help in repair. I still do it 2-3 times (sets of 10, 5-second squeezes) a day everyday (im in my fourth week). Good luck with it

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