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12 weeks: Starting Recovery Towards Activity

Two more weeks down. A visit to the surgeon confirmed that things are more or less on track. I’m essentially free to — very gradually — get back to regular activities, with the warning that the tendon won’t be 100% healed for another 9 months. I’m walking about a mile with minimal discomfort, though I’m still slow and a bit stiff-legged in the evenings.

A few observations as to the last two weeks: as have others, I found pool-walking massively helpful. I’ve also continued to use the boot while sleeping — that’s avoided morning stiffness (as my foot remains in neutral overnight rather than plantar-flexed) at the cost of some continued discomfort (but I’m pretty much used to sleeping with the boot).

Life-wise, things are approaching normal. I can walk to and from the train station (albeit not at great speed) and should be able to drive our manual transmission relatively soon. Walking barefoot in the house feels fine, as does most any kind of footwear. I haven’t gotten back on my bicycle, mostly because it seems like a terrible time to risk even a minor fall, but reckon I’ll probably give that a go soon.

Sport-wise, I’m still a long way off. My PT is focusing on getting some flexion back, strengthening my calf, and balance. Meanwhile, I’m slowly introducing a little more at the gym: deadlifts, strict presses, and kettlebell swings — all of which I can do standing on two feet, without flexing my ankles or pushing off on my feet. I’m hoping to start swimming in the next 10 days, too, so as to start getting back into surfing shape.

2 Comments

  1. pegleg wrote:

    Great effort!

    Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 4:40 am | Permalink
  2. annababi wrote:

    Sounds like you are really moving forward and seeing real progress. Congratulations! I find I have some stiffness in the morning too as I sleep with my boot off. Not sure I want to go the route of trying to sleep with it on but you make an interesting point and I might try it out just to see if it makes a difference.

    Monday, August 18, 2014 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

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