May 24 2012

High Hopes & Looking to the Future

Published by superluminal51893 at 10:26 pm under Uncategorized

3 Weeks, 2 Days Post-Op:

It’s been a while since I’ve posted due to me being busy. A few days after getting my cast off (last update) I started hobbling around barefoot without crutches. As of today, I can walk barefoot with a limp and no pain. I’ve done some shopping with little discomfort at the grocery store and Home Depot in Vibram FiveFingers with some cushioning stuffed over the surgical scar. The surgical area still looks gruesome and thick, but I assume that will take some time to look normal. I wonder if it will ever look normal, as it looks vastly thicker than my right heel. The fact that I have no pain and making great improvements so early is keeping my spirits up. I started driving this week (manual transmission) with no discomfort. When I had my cast removed (last update) they gave me a walking boot that I am to use when I start physical therapy next week. I’m almost positive that I will bypass the walking boot completely, since it’s unnecessary at this point. I’m still exercising 5 times a week (upper body), and I will attempt to start back up at the gym next week, hopefully on the stationary bicycle. I will await my doctors approval however. Until then, same routine and trying to be as active as possible.

Surgical Scar (dark black is the surgical marker line):

Scar01

3 Responses to “High Hopes & Looking to the Future”

  1. gkraemer14on 25 May 2012 at 8:52 am

    I was shocked at your progress (and disappointed in mine at 9 weeks, still can’t drive my 5-speed manual) until I scrolled down and saw the picture and then read up on your injury. Not as disappointed in myself now but still happy for you :) Keep it up.

    -GK

  2. normofthenorthon 26 May 2012 at 11:51 am

    My iPod doesn’t like your photo. :-( But your progress is amazing around here, apparently because your OS skipped the part about detaching and reattaching the AT. Please keep posting with your full recovery, in the hope of saving other Haglund’s sufferers from extra suffering!

  3. superluminal51893on 29 May 2012 at 9:59 pm

    @normofthenorth

    I’m pretty sure my tendon was cut in order to get to the soft bone near the attachment point. My surgeon was a bit vague on the specifics after the operation, but I don’t believe my tendon was detached. Basically, he said the approach he used would have the quickest recovery and he would not violate the tendon if he didn’t have too. I’ll ask at my next appointment.

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