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Filed under: Uncategorized — thelifechangingpop at 7:37 am on Monday, November 18, 2013

Well I am at 3 weeks post op and am following a mixture of the Exeter accelerated rehab programme and a protocol from the University Hospital Lausanne Switzerland that the orthotist gave me. The latter protocol is for non op ATR rehab but seems fairly similar to the UWO protocol just using the Vacoped pro achilles boot.

I am PWBing well and have even taken some steps with my left crutch off the ground so certainly making my way towards FWB. I just allow my foot to rock over in the rocker sole which I have to use till my PF is at zero, probably at about 2 weeks from now. The pins and needles in the ball of my foot and my heel are not much fun and I see that this is a fairly common thing.  Also occasionally feel that there are ants biting at the incision site, gentle rubbing of the area seems to make it feel better.

The inside of my ankle is a lot less sore since I started PWB and the swelling on the outside is also improving. The outside of my foot still looks very flat and can’t really wiggle my baby toe. Am getting fairly good at doing the alphabet, practice 4 or 5 times a day and also gently (thanks Ron) hinge my ankle after each alphabet. Am really eager to start walking in a pool with my Vacoped on problem is that I have no way to get to the pool, blah, so wish that I had an automatic car. My financial advisor doesn’t think that my ATR is a good reason to buy a new car, ha ha ha.

Gentle healing to all of you.



Comment by normofthenorth

November 18, 2013 @ 1:21 pm

It all sounds normal or great! :-) Don’t Stop! And don’t stop working to control the swelling, either. Swelling alone can cause stiffness and that “congested” feeling and ROM restrictions, all by itself — as I discovered several months after my second ATR, on the OTHER leg!


Comment by normofthenorth

November 18, 2013 @ 1:23 pm

BTW, I think your ATR timing is virtually perfect — for the NORTHERN Hemisphere!!


Comment by tord

November 18, 2013 @ 3:26 pm

This sounds great! Btw: I rented an automatic for a period of time. Wiggling the baby toe - yea, struggled a while with that too. But, this also gets better sooner than you think! Just keep doing it.

Happy healing!


Comment by Ron

November 18, 2013 @ 7:56 pm

Hi Lifechangingpop,

Nice to hear you taking those steps, slowly. See, I told you it was not that difficult. :-) Take your time and if you are at 0 by 6 weeks, you are doing great.

That will put you on a 2 shoe path by weeks 9-10, and possibly driving again. I only did my ROM work 2x a day to start and increased it to 3x a day slowly. Now, my PT only wants me doing it 2x a day (but increased the number of reps_. In other words, don’t over do it and don’t be afraid to take a day off if necessary.

Lastly, at times, you will move two steps forward and one step backwards, but that’s the nature of this beast, unfortunately - do don’t get discouraged.

With that said, great progress and post!

Please keep us undated, and congrats!

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