5 Months

It has now been 5 months since surgery. I’m starting to get more and more nervous that things aren’t progressing the way they should. I can do a few single leg calf raises on the stairs, but I fatigue pretty quick and can only make it about 50% up. Long walks (2-3 miles) are often painless but cause pain the following day. I can get in a 30 mile road bike ride pain free and I can stand while peddling without pain. However, I feel like I’ve been able to do all of this for a few weeks now with no noticeable progress beyond.

I have no control from 80-100% when trying to get to my tiptoes. Even when unweighted, the ankle sort of “jumps” from 80-100% and my gastroc goes completely limp. I noticed this a while back and I haven’t seen much improvement. My PT suggested working this range with bands, which I did pretty hard on Wednesday. I then did my usual calf raises. By Thursday night I had significant black and blue just below my ankle.

Here are a few current photos taken just after icing last night, I am hoping others might have some experience they can relate, or maybe give some insight?


One Response to “5 Months”

  1. I think you are doing good for 5 months. I am about there as well and when I had my 5 month post op with the surgeon he said mine felt strong and was above average for where I should be. Keep working on it! Its a long recovery– over a year.

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