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June 24th, 2011

18 weeks post ATR, non-surgery

Posted by suthrnman in Journal

I seem to be progressing well.  I can press 140 lbs on the scale and weigh 175 lbs, so I still have a ways to go before I make the one leg heel raise. Yesterday I walked on the treadmill at 2 incline and 4 mph.  I used the cheater rails to keep from limping, but after 15 minutes was able to walk pretty clean with out support.

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  1. deedub said,

    on June 24th, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Hi glad to read of your progress. I too am non-surgical repair(8 weeks 3 days). How exactly do you do that scale press?

  2. suthrnman said,

    on June 24th, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Well . . . nothing scientific with the scale press. I just press down with the ball of my bad foot. The ankle is neutral to slightly plantar flexed. I push until the pain starts to kick in. I would say I stop with slight discomfort.

  3. normofthenorth said,

    on June 25th, 2011 at 12:57 am

    I’ve also found that the strength needed to walk perfectly normally (with a good strong “push-off” at the end of each stride) is significantly less than the strength needed to do a full-height 1-leg heel raise. In fact, I’ve found that even running (at least the gentle jogging that I’ve been doing since my heart surgery!) is much easier on the calf and AT than a 1LHR. And all the bicycling I’ve done, on the balls of my feet, is also way easier than the 1LHR.
    I haven’t tried jumping at a volleyball net yet, but it’s on my list for a few months hence.
    BTW, I’ve found that the angle of the KNEE matters when measuring calf strength, e.g. with a bathroom scale. With a straight knee, you’re apparently getting most of the “push” from the Gastroc, and with a bent knee, most comes from the Soleus.
    Continued Good Healing!

  4. srp1 said,

    on June 27th, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    Good to see everything’s still coming along well suthrnman.

    I like seeing your updates since our injuries happened around the same time. I can do a pretty decent one-leg heel raise now (although not to the full height), but I’ve had an issue with another tendon (the posterior tibial) in the ankle the last few weeks thats been holding me back a bit. Its such a fine line between doing the right amount of PT and doing too much, so now i’m trying to be more aware of how much i’m pushing myself.

    Keep up the good progress!

  5. lisa said,

    on July 14th, 2011 at 6:03 am

    Im a 37 year old swimming teacher had a full achillies rupture in 2009 till 2010 never operated and im still in pain. I found this site as the surgeon wants to operate on my sureal nerve they think its damaged, would you think its a good idea to have it done or not, they want to freeze it for a few months ???? Any advice really grateful

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