Jul 28 2012
2 months, 28 days post op:
Well it’s been some time since my last post and things are almost back to 100%. I have completed physical therapy and started slowly running shortly after the 2 month mark. I am told the heel will continue to get better as I utilize the new tissue during activities. I am up to running about 15 miles per week, working on getting the new tissue in the heel and the muscles acclimated while keeping the cardiovascular in check with the cycling (100-120 miles per week). I just did an 8 mile run today at a mediocre pace. Didn’t feel even a pinch of pain at the heel during the run. Afterwards however, the heel is a little bit sore and stiff but with barely any “real” pain to speak of. Also, my muscles that were atrophied since my time off running will need to be reconditioned to cope with the increasing mileage, so there is some discomfort there as well. The heel discomfort is worlds different than before the surgery however, and has greatly improved. I’ve also noticed that my left calf and soleus feel much looser and easier to stress during running than the right. I am confident that at about the 3 month mark, I should be able to start piling on the running mileage and backing off the cycling. All in all, everything is feeling better than expected at this point, however my doctor noted that it could take a full year to feel “normal”. In my opinion, I think my problems are officially over with my left heel and I hope to sign up for a 1/2 marathon soon. If you have any questions, I will be happy to answer, but I do not expect to post another entry on my surgical progress. Good luck to everyone else recovering and I’ll see you all on the other side.