May 30 2014

Week 14 - Walking in Circles

Published by smick at 4:56 pm under Uncategorized

Another short update. After a great week last week (felt strength increasing and little to no pain) this week has been a bit more disappointing. I feel like I take a step forward and a half-step back with this recovery!

I think I overdid it Memorial Day Weekend with three full and active days, including lots of calf raises and walking in the pool every day. Plus I was on my feet all day walking around, playing baseball with my son, playing ping pong, etc.

As a result, starting Tuesday my tendon and ankle have been a little sore and I’ve backed off a bit with less walking. I have kept up the calf raises, but in general I’ve felt not as strong as the prior week and like my tendon is “looser” with not as much push in my stride.

No pain while resting ever, but when I walk and take a stride that loads the achilles there is still a bit of an ache at the calcaneal bone or insertion point of the achilles, which I’ve had for six weeks now. My PT says my calcaneal bone isn’t moving and pronating like it should and has been able to fix it a bit with some mobilization that makes the ache go away for a while.

More alarming, my tendon has also been a little sore above my rupture where my PT says it starts to attach to my calf muscles. That could be from the overuse and may be the muscles complaining. The actual rupture area itself feels fine with no tenderness.

Anyway, I’ve toned it back all week and today (Friday) it feels much better so I’ll ease back into walking more and being more active again this weekend.

I’d still love to just push things through pain at this point, but I’m trying to stay patient.

5 Responses to “Week 14 - Walking in Circles”

  1. pete0609on 30 May 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Hey smick,
    Take it easy and don’t worry too much. I can empathize a lot at the moment, I’m at ten weeks, felt great at the beginning of this week (walking in 2 shoes all day) and not so great anymore since yesterday. I feel the exact same way, actually I’ve been saying that a lot - two steps forward and one step back seems to happen a lot in this long recovery.
    I also thought I must have done some damage ( couldn’t figure out how, though…) because I was sore all day yesterday. I concluded I just did too much, reduced my goals and applied more RICE.
    Just like you I also just want to play with my kids again (just some street hockey in the driveway…), but I know if I do, I’ll pay (and I did it anyway, passive role as gatekeeper, though, I told my PT and he was shell shocked - I won’t do it again in the next few weeks).
    The pains you mention sound very familiar to me, however, I also think if you’re over concerned and a little beat you might start feeling pain and soreness everywhere. At least that’s how I feel.
    You’re fine, you’re toning it down and that’s the right thing to do.

  2. davidkon 30 May 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Smick, although I’m a few weeks behind you, I’ve also just experienced a little setback in my recovery. I was feeling great after the 1st week of a 2-week boot-weaning phase and decided to ditch my boot a week early. I also picked-up my walking–both in and out of the house. Well, the last 2 days my foot/ankle has been just generally sore and I’ve got more swelling than I’ve had my whole recovery. I had a PT appt today and they weren’t concerned–just thought it was a result of my increased activity level. I probably got over confident and over-estimated my abilities and endurance. I’m trying to dial it back a bit now, but I refuse (at this point) to put the boot back on. Call it vanity or pride, whatever, I just want to move forward in my recovery and that seems like going backwards. I’m hoping this is just a short-term setback. -David

  3. smickon 30 May 2014 at 11:04 pm

    Thanks guys! As you both can attest, it’s super frustrating when you can’t just push things and get continuous improvement.

    Today my tendon has actually felt great and I’ve forced myself to stay less active.

    What kills me is that I’ve had to take the last three days off in terms of trying to incrementally push (longer walks, harder calf raises, more time on the bike) when last Monday I felt like I was on the cusp of making some big leap in strength! The swing in attitude, from thinking I can do a single legged calf raise in a week or so to worrying about whether the tendon is healing and I’m going to re-rupture, that is always hard to swallow.

    This is the second time this has happened, the last was at around 12 weeks, and after a similar busy weekend at that time.

    I just have to remind myself that even “taking it easy” I’m still a lot stronger, more mobile and closer to the goal than I was a couple weeks before!

  4. sportion 30 May 2014 at 11:33 pm

    I’m right with you as well smick. I’m constantly reconciling the days activities with strengthening exercises. Last weekend, forget about it! Averaged around 14K steps daily with newly introduced longer walks of 1-2 miles, pool, catch, etc. Since losing the boot I find myself needing to ice in the afternoon and grab at least 15 - 45 minute naps almost daily. I’ll even pass out in my chair at the office after tough days like that :-) In fact, I’m getting more sleep than ever and can never seem to catch up the recovery is so all consuming. Like the others said, this is all normal and it simply ebbs and flows. We’re just 1/4 way through the marathon… -Rob

  5. normofthenorthon 31 May 2014 at 1:40 am

    Yes, I also recommend patience, and not pushing through any pain.

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