Goodbye Boot

12 Weeks Post Op

I visited with my surgeon yesterday and he gave me the okay to retire the boot.  The surgeon felt the tendon for a couple of seconds and then compared the tension with my good leg and declared that everything was healing well.  I can continue my rehab with no restrictions.  I’ll return in two months for another follow-up.

So, it’s now time to say goodbye to a close friend.  With autumn upon us and the weather changing rapidly, I will be relegating my stylish boot to a deep, dark corner of the closet.  Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate what the boot has done for me the past six weeks, but it’s time. 

It feels great to reach another milestone and move on to the next phase of recovery.  Although very weak, my lower leg and tendon feel surprisingly well.  I’ve posted a couple of photos below to mark my progress at 12 weeks post-op.  My calf is withered (looks worse in person), but actually not as bad as I thought it might be following the second surgery.  I’m anxious to put it to work. 

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Now that I’m happily back in two shoes I need to remind myself there is still quite a bit more time left in this battle.  I’m so ready to start running and jumping around, but I know I still need to be careful and take my time with re-stretching the tendon and building calf strength.  Baby steps will have to do for now.  Cheers!

4 Responses to “Goodbye Boot”

  1. Tomtom - well done on a landmark cleared. Leg not looking too bad. Good that your scar is off to the side, lots of people complain that it rubs on the back of their shoes for years if it is straight down the middle (guess where mine is? Yup, well done!).
    Take it easy, but enjoy your new found freedom, you’ve earned it.
    Smoley

  2. Smoley - Thanks! Yep, no issues with my shoe rubbing the scar. I haven’t noticed it a bit. BTW, I wanted to mention that I think your comment on your blog regarding your doctor’s approach to the recovery is spot on. I can’t speak for them, but I assume a lot of doctor’s prefer using methods they know, through experience, will work. That was my surgeon’s position. And, they can’t assume every patient is the ideal patient. The good news is the end result is basically the same. You may find that you end up with more muscle atrophy than others, but if everything heals well and you work hard enough, you should be able to regain this muscle. Happy healing!

  3. Great new Tom, so pleased things are goins so well this time.

    As Smoley says that scar position is really good, My scar does rub on my shoes and can cause irritation.

    Keep up the good work..

    I’m still waiting for my MRI results, even though I went private (that should be quicker than the NHS) it is 3 weeks since the scan, each time I ring the scan centre and my consultants office they assure me it is being dealt with, very irritating. Both are blaming each other for the delay.

  4. tomtom - thanks. I am glad to see that you’ve reached another milestone, in 2-shoes. Looks like your recovery second time around is going well, and I am really happy to see that. Thanks for all your support this past year and nine months! There were some tough moments, and it was definitely easier going through this together with you and the rest of the gang. :)

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