Back from my 2nd follow-op inspection this week.
Doc was extremely pleased with my results - no swelling, great ROM, solid strength and fast incision scar healing.
Noted that I am extremely advanced in my recovery compared to other ATRees my age and athletic form. (Wohoo!!!)
He even told me that I am advancing too fast and should be limited a bit, thus - prescribed the boot for another month to wear it in public places (work/outside).
I am allowed to walk without it at home; when PT allows it during seesions; and can sleep without it as well.
I am totally not bummed about it, since even if he would okay 2 boots, I would still wear the boot for 2-3 weeks anyway on my own accord.
Even without PT and the Doc I can tell that the tendon needs more time to heal and the muscles around it need progressive conditioning.
Discussed my bad knee issues with the Doc - he assured me that its quite common with tall (I am 190cm/6′2) persons who were engaged in active sports for many years.
My knees have some bad history, so with the “good” knee now bearing twice what it got accustomed to for 6 weeks straight - I got some wear on it.
Prescribed a full knee brace for my knee (which I already own from past injuries) - I am to wear it every time I walk/get up.
My ATR heel pains are also expected and usual - according to the Doc.
Its the stitches rubbing against the skin - the ones which are stitching the lower part of the tendon (next to the heel bone) have less space than the ones right next to the calf, so there is more internal friction against the heel skin = pain.
These will go away in 4-6 weeks.
I am walking without a boot and have a big a limp at home.
Taking it slowly and cautiously - though, since I still cannot (nor should, at this point) raise my leg using my toes - stressing my tendon while walking.
It just feels too weak.
I understand that strength of the muscles around the tendon which will allow normal push-off walking without any limp - will be achieved very shortly.
The prerequisites for it though - are: full ROM of the ankle, a completely healed incision and of course - being cleared by the Doc.
I have been very careful not to set any goals for myself, but I sincerely hope to be walking without a limp in 5 weeks time (mid October).
Being positive like this, I decided to treat myself with AT braces for both ankles (you never know):
I realize that getting back to basketball is still 4 months away, but could not resist the urge to order a Kobe 9 shoes (with these cool stitches over the tendon area) - that he got made right after returning from his ATR:
• Great results according to the Doc
• No pain anywhere, as I didn’t do anything stupid this week
• Scar tissue is getting less and less noticeable
• Allowed to sleep without the boot
• Allowed to walk without the boot at home
• ROM = -50°; +15°
• My right (good) knee is still hurting
• Minor swelling after walking a full day in the boot