10 weeks post op

October 28, 2009 | |

I’m now fully off crutches since I’m able to walk around the house bare foot. Have a bit more flexibility with AT but still abour 25 degrees less dorsi flex compared to good foot so am limping badly barefoot. Walking better with shoes now.. I’m at about 60% normal walking pace so every 50metres or so, freinds need to wait for me to catch up.

Still have virtually 0 calf so walking action on bad leg is like a kick action rather than lift then heel toe. I used to walk with toes pointed out quite a bit, instead of straight in front of me, so am unsure what angle I should retrain myself to walk. I’ll try to point it straight since that is most normal.

I’ve been going to work past week and half and Leg from knees down to ankle swells up pretty bad towards end of day. So I’ve been wearing compression socks during day which has helped. Havn’t had to resort to ice and elevation yet. Ankle swells badly on right side only.. probably because theres more scar tissue there.. tendon is pretty stiff a few cm above rupture point. Havn’t felt pain in tendon around rupture point which is good. Still not going to push it since there is swelling and discomfort when I touch tendon.
Going for drinks night tomorrow for first time in 2.5 months, hopefully AT doesnt mind a blood alcohol reading above legal driving limit.


5 Comments so far

  1. 2ndtimer on October 28, 2009 9:36 am

    My PT told me not to walk barefoot, and I find good running shoes help to relearn the proper rolling of the foot.

    I think some alcohol in the blood improves circulation and the normally lousy blood supply of the poor Achilles… so enjoy your outing!

  2. graham on October 28, 2009 11:23 am

    2ndtimer - any reason why you were told not to walk around barefoot? I thought barefoot is a natural way of walking and would help?

  3. highflyer on October 28, 2009 12:19 pm

    Waking barefoot will put additional strain on the tendon compared with any shoes that have a heel, because the tendon is more fully stretched when the foot is flat & the leg is extended down to the floor.
    I think barefoot is not a good idea unless your PT instructor advises it.

  4. 2ndtimer on October 28, 2009 12:44 pm

    Also unless you have thick carpeting everywhere in the house the hard floor further irritates your heel.

    And after the cast your foot is weak, so the support (arch support also, I noticed that my arch flattened after the cast) helps to keep things together.
    I thought, too, first, why not to exercise my foot being barefoot, it might get stronger faster - but PT said no - patience.

  5. tedb on October 30, 2009 7:32 pm

    i’ve been wearing shoes at home for 4 weeks now after cast.. its the same pair of shoes i wear outdoors too so its starting to smell, i should of bought a few more pairs of these runners i have when they were on sale..

    time to do the “no pain, no gain” thing with bare feet at home.. so long as AT doesn’t get more pain, the foot should get used to it soon enough is what i think..we’ll see i guess.. good thing there is always a couch near by at home to rest

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