Healing long?! Can anyone help?

Hey team! I am 7 months post - op and making progress with my PT, but VERY slowly. My calf is still small, and I feel as if my strength is slowly coming back. About two months ago, my left (bad side) calf was 13.5 inches and is not 14 inches. My good side is right at 15 inches.

I’ve had two doctors check for lengthening, and they both said they weren’t concerned based on my dorsiflexion… i.e. my bad side is not flopping back when pushed and is just about in line with my good side. Perhaps a small difference.

However, the time that is taking to get my strength back as well as my inability to do a one legged calf raise is concerning for me. I can do one legged raises in the pool only!

Any advice on healing long or just being patient with PT and rehab?

One Response to “Healing long?! Can anyone help?”

  1. Tdance. I am several weeks behind you. I did just start doing two leg calf raises without weights. I put my hand on a chair and make sure to really lock out. My PT said to try doing on the stairs and gradually push more of the burden to the bad leg. With that said I checked out my calves in the mirror and wow not a lot going on.

    When I tore my other twenty years ago it was a full 12 months before I felt 100% or close to it.

    I hope this helps and wish you well

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