Slowly making progress

Its been over 5 months since my surgery and last week my doctor said that the tendon was healing well and now it was all about strengthening it — all forms of PT were available, no restrictions, as pain allows. I’m actually able to do a one legged lift on my bad ankle, albeit, my heel only gets an inch off the ground before my arch collapses and my foot comes down. It feels so discouraging to see my ankle so weak, but after rereading my last post where I couldn’t even do a heel lift at all, I have to admit that the healing is making progress — just not as quickly as I had hoped.

The main purpose of this post is to benchmark the tangible progress that I’ve made and to remember this weakened arch/ankle point. I’m really hoping that in 2 months, I can look back and say that I have a different limitation related to jumping or not being able to run and the pathetic one legged lift is something that I’ve grown past.

In addition to strengthening via calf raises and different exercises, I’ve also been trying to improve my one legged balance where I lift my strong leg to be parallel to the ground and see how my foot/ankle balances.

5 Responses to “Slowly making progress”

  1. Hang in there! Sounds like your making progress for sure! I am 30 weeks POST OP. I can jog/run with no inclines. I feel like the progress hasn’t been much the last couple months having finished PT. I just know the scar tissue around the AT is healing and everything looks good.

    I wanted instant results and vastly underestimated the recovery time for this surgery!

    Baby steps. Take it one week at a time!

  2. Progress definitely slows down the further along you get :) I noted that in my blog too. Starting out you see progress weekly but as you get healed more you only see progress monthly. It’s kind of a drag - LOL!

  3. I am very sad due to your surgery and pain. And I wish you will get well soon and enjoy the healthy life like all of us. I understood your pain because you face hurts for more than five months. One more thing you need to proper exercise as your physician suggest you. Exercise will be help in recovery your fitness.

  4. Hi there,
    I’ve found this site after beginning to look at the recovery process for an ATR. I am a very active 46 year old guy who suffered a ATR Friday 25/5/2018. I went to the hospital straight after rupturing it at a casual football with some work colleagues. I couldn’t quite believe it when the nurse told me what I’d done as I keep very fit and do a lot of leg strength work. I am also a triathlete. I had two holidays planned, one being a lifetime family trip to Canada. Both are now cancelled :( Anyway I’ve now seen the consultant who said I’ll be in a cast for 10 -12 weeks, changing to a boot at maybe 3 or 6 weeks. It’s starting to dawn on me how long my recovery is going to take. I’ve broken my leg twice playing football but it seems nothing compared to an ATR. I thought I would need surgery but the consultant said that there could be complications. Also my age may of played a factor. I’ve started reading lots of blogs and am worried that I’m going to rerupture before I even get started on my recovery. I know it’s going to be slow (a year or more) and I will want to recover quickly as I’m really impatient but I know I have to take it one step at a time and stop jumping ahead as my wife keeps telling me. I’m trying to stay positive, concentrating on keeping my upper body and good leg strength and focusing on walking again. Any help and advice welcome.Thanks

  5. Hi! I also just connected with this blog and am grateful to build community around this journey. I had my surgery the day your ATR took place. I am one week out and like you endeavoring to stay positive and work with time in creative ways. I admire your tenacity and focus and appreciate your wife’s voice, too! Best wishes.