I just past my 10 week anniversary of the ATR yesterday, and am only a couple of days away from 10 weeks past surgery. I am extremely pleased with the progress I’m making, and I feel better and better each day.
The swelling still shows up from time to time, especially if I neglect to wear the compression sock and am more active than usual. When we were in Cabo two weeks ago, my wife got her bargain shopping game face on, and we walked a good 2 1/2 to 3 miles in town haggling with the locals after getting off the cruise ship (By the way, our first trip without the kids in quite some time to celebrate 10 years of marraige was awesome, even if we didn’t really “do” too much while we were there). My ankle was so sore that night and the next day, I actually took one of the pain pills I still had left and hadn’t taken for well over a month.
Fast forward two weeks, and I feel comfortable doing more and more each day. I shot hoops with my girls Saturday at the playground and felt great. Moved around a little quicker than I’ve been lately, but obviously was taking only set shots and making sure I didn’t jump even on the good side. Had little to no pain Sunday at all. I cut the lawn for the first time yesterday and feel great. I still do have pain at random times, mostly in the heel area, but it’s becoming less and less frequent. Range of motion is really close to 100%. At this time, I really have a lot of confidence in the strength of the tendon. I’m no doctor, but the signs I get from the way my body feels are all positive.
I’ve been riding my mountain bike, climbing steps and doing my stretches with the band with no problems. The muscle still feels quite a bit weaker than my good side, but I’m not too concerned. I know when I have full confidence that the tendon is closing in on 100% strength, I will push myself to bring it back as far as I can.
Interesting, though, and I think some of you can probably relate to this. In the early stages of this journey I was absolutely glued to this site, often checking it several times a day. While I often think about my fellow ATR recovering brothers and sisters out there, I don’t have that urge constantly pulling me to log on to this site. I guess that’s as much of a sign that life is getting more normal than anything. I did, however, let my doctor know about this site’s exsistence and told him how much of a help it’s been for me mentally.
I’ll be going back to work light duty in mid November, and my doctor said I can start the jogging/walking rehab at that time. I really think a return to full duty is possible maybe as early as mid January.
I guess the point of this rambling monologue is that if you are just beginning to ride the ATR recovery wave, be prepared to ride fast. Things can really start to get better soon.