Still Healin’

16 Weeks 1 Day Post Op

It’s been several weeks since my last post, so I thought it was time for another update.  The 16 week mark kind of crept up quickly on me.  Unfortunately I have little to report as the progress has been a bit slow.  I try to remind myself that the progress is significant when compared to my first steps without the boot.  But, my leg is still weak, tendon is still a bit tender and stiff, and I’m getting more and more anxious to start running and jumping again.  I remember some similar feelings following my initial surgery, so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.

I mentioned in my last post that I was experiencing some minor discomfort in the bottom end of the AT.  I’ve seen some improvement, but there is still some tenderness when the tendon is stressed in certain ways.  The discomfort has limited strength training to some extent, but I’m still doing plenty of exercises to get the tendon and my leg back to normal.

I continue to go to PT once a week and get a few new exercises each time.  My therapist is not alarmed by the tenderness I’ve experienced and indicated that it’s likely just a result of the tendon adjusting to increased activity.  He feels I should keep at it as long as the pain doesn’t get any worse. 

So, I’ll continue to press on and hope to find that balance of doing enough but not too much.  Hopefully the upcoming weeks will bring about more progress.  Cheers!

One Response to “Still Healin’”

  1. Hi Tom,

    I spoke about you and Smish to my new physio today! I have to say he is really getting to grips with my tendon, i have had 2 sessions and go again on Tuesday and Thursday next week, the pain is as bad as it gets but I will put up with that if it avoids further surgery or back surgery.

    If it wasn’t for you and Smish I doubt whether I would have sought further advice and made the decision not to see the back surgeon.

    If all goes well I will post again on my blog just to help others who have had the same poor aftercare from surgeons and physiotherapists.

    Keep us posted. Many thanks

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