I will give a quick update, since not much seems to be happening–”frustrating plateau”.
I can walk pretty well if I keep a slow pace. However, when I walk in my best form there is always a little pain at the tendon muscle connection. The swelling is still a problem when I walk a lot. This past week I spent days at the beach and New Orleans. In both places I walked quite a bit with no real issues. I was a little concerned about the beach, but, other than walking in the real soft stuff, I did well.
The tendon itself is at least three times thicker than the good Achilles and I still have not reached full ROM. Cycling on the stationary bike seems to help a lot and I used the elliptical machine last week which worked well. As far as strength, I am slowly improving and can now push down on the scale as much as 90 lbs until the pain prohibits.
Overall, I am pleased with my progress, but the reality of the long journey is setting in. At least I am able to walk around and feel confident of my path.
Blessing to all, pk