51 days since my surgery and only 19 days left in my boot. The past week I made minimal progress as a result of working 4 days of football camps in a 5 day stretch and was on my feet roughly 40 combined hours which was brutal as far as swelling and hindering my ROM progress, but beneficial from a strength standpoint. I didn’t have any achilles pain but both of my knees were killing me by the end of each day. Additionally, I had so much swelling when I got home each night my rehab exercises were really limited. I’ve been keeping the boot very loose which allows me to walk with a pretty normal gait and allows me to push off the ball of my foot so my calf is starting to get stronger.
I had my 5th PT session this week and they teased me with the possibility of walking without the boot but ultimately decided against it due to limited plantarflexion. My dorsiflexion is really starting to improve as a result the standing calf stretches and my inversion/eversion is nearly equal to my uninjured leg. I guess it makes sense for my plantarflexion strength to be the area where i’m lacking because 29 years of strength development basically went back to square zero. Have others in this community had more trouble regaining plantarflexion strength/flexibility compared to everything else?
I got to do two new exercises at PT this week. The first of which was circumduction on the balance board which was extremely difficult as I just don’t have that level of motor control/strength back yet. The second was just stretching on the pro calf stretcher.
I’ve gotten pretty comfortable getting in and out of the shower barefooted and freely shift my weight back and forth in the shower without even thinking about it. I know without a doubt I could put a shoe on and walk right now but I’m not going to do anything stupid at this point and I’ll wait until they let me do it at PT.