Today marks exactly 35 days since surgery and only 5 days until my 6 week follow up where i swear on all that is holy I better get to transition to PWB. I don’t even think about the fact that i’m on crutches now as they’ve kind of just become part of my life and don’t really hinder me from doing anything. I’m not gonna lie, I’ve been putting some weight on it with the crutches, but never more that a few steps in a row. I know I’m stupid and taking a huge risk for not following orders to a tee but I do know my own body pretty well and haven’t had a shred of pain in the achilles for weeks….even in the two instances where i was falling and put my full body weight on the booted foot.
Physical Therapy and rehab is going pretty well. My strength and range of motion feels better every day and my confidence in the achilles has gone through the roof. Theraband work drastically improved my strength and ROM over the past few weeks and my PT started me on a passive stretching program earlier this week.
I’ve been on the stationary bike (barefooted) 3 times in the past week and i’ve increased the intensity each time.
first time was 5 mins at 17 rpm. left foot was extremely shaky and i was probably putting less than 5 lbs of pressure at max….not gonna lie, i was scared and being kind of a pussy.
second time was 5 mins at 25 rpm. was able to keep constant pressure of the left foot on the pedal and actually give a little bit of push…no shakes.
third session i kept it over 30 rpm for full 5 mins and was able to evenly keep pressure on the left foot.
The achilles itself feels like a steel chord back there these days. Really, really tight…but at least it feels strong. I can get to 90 degrees with no problem and plantarflexion is almost even with my other foot. I get a little soreness and swelling in the foot and ankle ligaments depending on how hard i push myself each day with rehab stuff.
My goal since surgery was scheduled was to golf 12 weeks post op so I’m counting down the days to July 10th.