Week 4: Losing Another Wedge

I had my four-week post-op check-up today.  Pretty straightforward.  The doctor’s assistant took out another wedge on the boot and removed the bandages that had been placed on my heel after the stitches were taken out.  My first few steps felt a bit tight after having the wedge removed but the rest of the day went well.  I wasn’t sure if I would be able to walk the four blocks to pick up my daughter after school but I was with no pain either.  I made an appointment for two weeks out, at which point, the doc said that I would be going to shoes.  I asked her why there seems to be such differences in post-op philosophies when it comes to achilles tendon ruptures.  Her thought was that doctors do what they are comfortable with and are not likely to change if all their patients seem to recover well.  She said also that foot specialists (such as my doctor who is younger also) may be more familiar with the recent research and more comfortable with this aggressive approach.  It also helps that we don’ t have the ice or other winter hazards that other parts of the country might have.  I could not be happier though as I am mobile and able to do most things (except drive of course).   She also told me that she doesn’t think PT will be necessary since it is pretty basic exercises that I should be able to do on my own.

I thought everyone went through PT.  What has been other folks experience with PT?  Is it necessary or could you do most of it on your own?

One Response to “Week 4: Losing Another Wedge”

  1. no PT sounds interesting to me. I am only 3 weeks post-op and my doc told me that in week 5-7 somewhere PT would start. He is a younger guy i’d guess 37-39 yrs old, seems aggressive (but i am still in a cast) told me that he believes in early weightbearing and early mobilization and that PT is a must for a full recovery. I would double check what she is telling you. Personally I want the PT and I want a trainer that is experienced in ATR just to make sure I am back at 100%. funny enough it was a PT that diagnosed me with the ATR my primary care doc thought it was a sprained ankle till he saw the MRI

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