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  • Name: szaitz
    Location: New York City
    Injured during: Touch Football
    Which Leg: L
    Status: 2-Shoes

    448 wks  2 days Post-ATR
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       Since start of treatment

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Tales from Plateaus-ville

March 13th, 2014 by szaitz and

I know I started out like a house afire blogging a lot immediately after surgery, making inroads to Norm of the North’s inner circle and thinking I was gonna be break recovery speed records - all the while scoffing at the notion that this Achilles issue would be as troubling and unpredictable as it turned out to be.

That was a very long way of saying I’m growing inpatient. Three months since the surgery and I’ve been in two shoes for a while, but the notion of walking without a limp, let alone running, seems very, very far away.

My doctor and PT said everything was roses. I had increased my rubberband and balancing exercises workload a lot from say six weeks post-op. No more boot, no more padded Achilles sleeve pad, very little swelling if any at all. But then two weeks ago, swelling reappeared and fatigue set in after only a few city blocks.

In fact, last week I tried to beat a traffic light. It was freezing and I wanted to get inside, so I tried to ‘run’ for a few steps. No good. A few blocks later, my upper calf started to ache. Yeeeesh. A new county heard from. Upper calf pain? What the hell is that about? I had to re-introduce myself to the ice pack and I now, like a bad girlfriend, we are back together for the foreseeable future. Worse yet, I no longer do step-up or balancing exercises and essentially spend my PT time getting the fluid that encases my entire foot pushed and redistributed up my leg. I’ve gone backwards.

So I deserve all the ‘I told you so’s’ that you veterans might be saying to yourself. All the posts I’ve always read on here have emphasizes patience - the six month to a year kind of patience, which is frustrating - but quite the reality I suppose.

We have a new member of our community, as I am watching the New York Ranger Hockey game and I have learned that the regular commentator, Joe Michiletti, is not there. He has ruptured his achilles playing basketball. Perhaps we will see blogs from him in the near future.

So all of you newbies out there, including you Joe, I have one piece of advice - don’t get over-exuberant and over confident in the very beginning and then try to foolishly beat the clock. The clock will always win.

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5 Responses to “Tales from Plateaus-ville”

  1. normofthenorth Says:

    Good luck with the frustrating plateau, SZ! My experiencing is that several of the frustrating roadblocks seem to have resolved (at least in hindsight!) soon after I complained about them here. My page about “This swelling and inflammation is getting OLD!” is the one I remember most clearly.

    With luck, you’ll have a similar experience with this setback. And even if not, think of it as a mental/emotional workout!

    BTW, I think I was farther along than 14 weeks when I wrote that frustrated page.

  2. szaitz Says:

    norm…gonna check it out now

  3. anne Says:

    Your post made me giggle. I too thought my recovery would set the world afire. Yeah…. no. I am a happy average.

    I actually learned a lot from my recovery, I learned an incremental approach and sometimes not being too aggressive can and is a good thing.

    I’ve been pretty vocal about what worked for me and it is the AlterG treadmill. Which I still use. (7 ½ months post op) Because it felt uncomfortable & my ROM sucked, walking forward initially, my PT had me walk backwards at an incline (up to 10%). Since the AlterG allows you to “unweight” up to 80% of your bodyweight, it’s a great strengthening exercise and my ROM, balance, limp, all of it, cleared up in less than 3 weeks. I still had/have other issues but I made a lot of progress in a short period of time.

    Although you think your at a plateau, your still healing, and improving. There were days where all of a sudden I could do something new, after being frustrated for a while.

    Good luck. Keep us posted.

  4. janis Says:

    I found that every little painful zing or limp, the next day that followed was better. Maybe just a teensy fraction better, but better! That was how I had to start looking at these little humbling experiences so I didn’t drive myself crazy.

  5. Manual Says:

    Thеre’s certainly a lot to learn about this subject.
    I really like all the points you’ve made.

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