Progressing cautiously

Well, it’s been a while since I posted any status updates but I’m happy to report that my recovery is progressing well. Although my ankle still looks swollen compared to my ‘good’ leg and does still swell significantly on some occasions it is generally behaving itself well. I can walk normally, albeit slower than I used to if I want to avoid a limp, I can cycle, swim and ascend / descend stairs without any major issues - I still turn my foot at an angle on the stairs when ascending and use my heel when descending though, primarily because my size 12s and the lack of strength in my calf mean that small stairs are still an issue.

I have still only worn ‘normal’ shoes on a few occasions, I tend to play it safe and stick to a trusty pair of walking boots that have been my daily footwear for the last two months. I’m still very nervous about walking any distances on uneven ground (after my minor mishap back in June) but can manage pretty well in normal everyday life.

Will I return to Badminton at some point? I honestly don’t know at this point. I played it continuously from age 11 to 41 so not playing again would be a wrench but I don’t know if I can face the risk of doing this again. I’ll see how I feel next spring but I definitely won’t be playing for at least the next 6 months.

All in all, I’m feeling very positive at the moment, my Achilles feels stronger by the day and I’m slowly gaining confidence in it. I can even take around a third of my weight on the ball of my foot now which is definite progress.

4 Responses to “Progressing cautiously”

  1. Keep it going sounds though you are moving in the right direction.

  2. Hi SMD,

    Great to hear from you, especially so for your continued recovery without incident since the ‘trip’ several weeks back now.

    This is such a horrible injury, it’s not like you can see it coming like a trip, a collision or a fall and it’s not something that heals as quickly as a break, a cut or a fracture……but because of it’s random nature and the profound effect it has on not only on our lives but also those around us - it’s not something we want again, but again the reason for the injury is so random it could happen anywhere, not just on the court…..and it’s that reasoning that helps keep me sane :)

    Like you I share a passion for badminton, like you my snappage occured playing the game. Personally, I can’t wait to get back, but I fully intend to be more active than before I want to reduce the opportunity for my part time fitness to turn into another ATR.

  3. Stalledminidriver,
    Regaining confidence is such a huge issue in recovery. Take the return to badminton in slow steps. Just bounce the shuttlecock with the racquet while standing in place. Practice moving around the court while no play is going on. Work up to doing some volleys in non game situations. If you love the sport, no reason why you can’t give it a try when you’re ready.

  4. Starshep, I have no doubt really that I will go back - but I’ll definitely be skipping a season (this winter).
    One reason I know that is that at Easter, while I was still NWB and in a cast we went to Center Parcs for a long weekend break. I was stuck with a mobility scooter to get around the park while the others had loads of fun. When they played badminton I found it very difficult to sit on the sidelines and ended up standing at the edge of the court, on crutches and hitting a few shots with the racquet… Not at all easy unless you have three hands!!
    Having said that, I will be very nervous going back in a years time.

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