Jul 28 2012

My Final Entry

Published by superluminal51893 at 8:15 pm under Uncategorized

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”. ┬áIn 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.

4 Responses to “My Final Entry”

  1. paulson 28 Jul 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Wow that is fantastic!!! I am just at 4 weeks post surgery and I want to be back running, well I have myself 4 months in my head! But you have give me hope I may be able to do this quicker? Dr. Told me 6 months! Never one to follow orders so it is great to hear someone recovering quickly! Any tips would be appreciated!!!!

  2. normofthenorthon 28 Jul 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Pauls, check out superluminal51893’s early posts. He didn’t have an ATR, and the surgery he did have (to cure a Haglund’s-like bursitis) did not injure, cut, or reattach his Achilles. SL, your recovery sounds remarkable, and way better than some similar patients — but not directly comparable to us more typical ATR folks, I think.

  3. superluminal51893on 28 Jul 2012 at 10:41 pm

    @normofthenorth

    Actually, my Achilles was cut and dettached, but it was minimal. I thought my procedure would be different, but apparently since the tendon wraps around the calcaneus you can’t get the bone with surgical instruments without removing some of the tendon. I was told by the doctor later that his goal was to attempt the surgery without Achilles involvement, but he was not going to “half-ass” the surgery due to not being able to reach the problem area. He made a judgment call to do it, and I concur with his decision since he has never had a patient not return to running in the 22 years he’s been doing the surgery. You are correct that I never injured my tendon before the surgery, so that may have something to do with the speedy recover, but like most operations of this nature my Achilles was cut and attached, albeit minimally. Just thought I’d clear that up.

    @pauls

    I would listen to your doctor and your body and do what he thinks is best. This surgery takes a long time to recover from and you can’t afford any mistakes. I was a bit aggressive with my recovery, but also very cautious. All it takes is one bad step in your first few weeks and you’re back at square one. You can use my recovery as a guide if you wish, but please be smart about it. I don’t want someone redamaging their surgery because they are trying to follow my recovery timescale.

  4. andrew1971on 29 Jul 2012 at 5:33 am

    Congrats on the recovery from your Retrocalcaneal bursitis surgical repair - really looks like life is normal again for you - I hope this is not your final post ever, would love to read another update in 3months :)

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