6 Weeks Post Op
I went back to see the doc on Tuesday morning. Cast #2 was removed and the surgeon reviewed my progress to date. He seemed to be pleased with the results of the surgery and got me fitted into a walking boot. I can ditch the crutches and begin full weight bearing as soon as I feel comfortable.
It was interesting to hear the surgeon stress how important the next several weeks will be. I know this to be the case having gone through the recovery once before, but it was good for me to hear it again. He commented that while the tendon is ready to bear weight, it is not fully healed at this point. He also stressed the importance of gradual stretching of the tendon over the next several weeks to avoid unwanted slack. Another point I was aware of as a lengthened tendon was the reason I needed a second surgery.
I can remove the boot while sitting, sleeping, and showering. Careful shuffling to the kitchen or bathroom without the boot is permitted (the surgeon brought this up on his own without me asking), but otherwise I need to wear the boot if I’m moving about. This is the plan for the next 6 weeks. He wants to be a little cautious knowing this is the second surgery on the tendon. But, he permitted all activities (biking, elliptical, etc.) as long as I’m in the boot.
The doc also gave me a prescription to start physical therapy. Unfortunately the clinic must be pretty busy right now as I wasn’t able to get an appointment until next Friday. But, I’ll start some basic range of motion exercises while I wait.
I was planning to spend a day or two transitioning off the crutches, but felt comfortable enough getting around the house this evening without them. I have a bit of the usual pins & needles feeling in the bottom of the heal and the ankle joint is stiff, but I’ve already noticed improvements over the last 24 hours. I also hopped on my bike trainer for a short spin the last two nights. It felt good to get a little more exercise than just leg lifts and sit-ups.
Posted below is a picture of the incision at 6 weeks. There are a couple of rough spots, but hopefully that will improve quickly now that I’m able to give it a massage. Cheers!
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