22 Weeks 4 Days Post Op
It was 2 years ago on this day that I originally ruptured my Achilles. Hard to believe as I never would have thought then that I’d still be dealing with the injury today. But, I am and fortunately I’m still able to stay positive. So tonight I’m celebrating my 2 year anniversary.
I am now just past 5 months post op from the second surgery to shorten my tendon. My progress has been slow, but I feel like that is starting to change. I’ve had three sessions of the Graston massage technique and it seems to be helping to loosen the tendon and put a little spring back in my step. It just feels like my calf is starting to engage a bit more over this past week. I’m hopeful this is a trend that will continue and allow me to build back more strength into my withered calf.
Along with the Graston technique, I continue with a daily routine of strengthening, balance, and stretching exercises. I’m still holding off from running, but I hope to test that again in a few weeks. I rely on the elliptical, stationary bike, and swimming for cardio workouts.
I’ve also been getting a pretty good workout from walking the dog the last several days. We received a wonderful mix of snow and rain just prior to the holidays that has covered all the sidewalks with ice. My tendon repair is tested almost daily when I need to catch my balance to keep my feet from sliding out from under me. No problems so far.
Attached below are a couple of current photos. The incision has healed pretty well. The tendon is thick although no worse than expected. A little shape has returned to the calf, but still a long way to go. Hopefully it will look even better next month. Until then, happy healing!
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