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Oct 18 2013

8 Month Mark

Published by trin74 under 6 Month Mark

Hard to believe it has been 8 months already, and sometimes it is hard to believe it is ONLY 8 months (or very nearly!). Life has been pretty busy. One of my biggest goals when I first ruptured was to be able to be recovered sufficiently to attend a field trip for work in Spain with lots of hiking and hill climbs. Well, the field trip was 2 weeks ago, and I was more than capable of the activity. My physio had wanted to stop seeing me about 1.5months ago as she said there was nothing much more she could do for me than I was doing for myself already, but I asked to keep going until last week. It felt great to “close” a book on that chapter, but I also felt a little emotional as well which I wasn’t expecting. As to where I am at right now - well, I barely notice my Achilles for normal activities. Sometimes first thing in the morning if I have done a lot of activity the day before I notice a slight tightness for the first few steps. My calf is close to normal size, still a little bit more slender than the other, but working on it (I think it actually looks more defined than the good one). I do notice calf tightness which I have to be careful to stretch/release. I am very stable with heel raises and walking on my toes, or even balancing on the bad side on my toes. The physio could not notice a difference between the two, but I do still a slight difference in strength. I still do my ballet, but am now focusing on getting the spring back into my foot for jumps etc to be more similar to the good leg. I am definitely further down the track than I ever expected or hoped to be at this stage. This website and the help and advice from people on here were definitely a major contributor - THANK YOU everyone!

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Aug 21 2013

6 Month Mark “already”!

Published by trin74 under 6 Month Mark

Well - I hit the 6 month mark today. It’s hard to believe that half a year has passed since I first ruptured my achilles. I remember thinking how far off the 6 month mark was, and how it felt it would take forever to get here, and then you start weight bearing, the boot comes off, you progress in 2 shoes… and suddenly you’re there. I definitely did not expect to be as far along the recovery path as I am now - I didn’t expect to feel so normal. Yes - I know that I can expect full recovery around the 12 month mark - but really the only time I notice my achilles now is first thing in the morning - or if I go for a longer hike and it start to tire. I have been back doing ballet again everyday for the last month - just at home even though class would probably be fine - but in a class situation I know I would push myself further than I probably should. I still see the physio every 3 weeks, and she is continuing to be extremely pleased with my recovery, especially when she compares me to her other Achilles cases at present (surgical cases I might note!). She says the Achilles feels almost normal now, is 2-3 times thinner than her other case at this stage, and my calf circumference needs a little bit of work - but is almost back to size (ballet definitely helping with that). Doing lots of lunges forwards and sideways, single jumps forwards/back and sideways (and holding the landing), lots of heel walks and toe walks (I do these up and down the hallway at work to my colleagues’ amusement), and the ballet has a lot of holds on demi pointe which has really helped with my strength (and also core work). I can go for long walks - and hiking in uneven terrain. I no longer have a slightly pinker leg when I stand, and there is minimal swelling after “hard” use. My goal at the start was to be able to handle rougher terrain for a field trip in Spain next month - I no longer have any concern about that which is great. Yes - of course I will still be careful, but it’s another month away and I have been able to handle longer hikes in rough terrain for almost over a month. My new big goal is my full return to dancing. As irish dance (what I am a qualified teacher for - and the activity I was doing when I full ruptured) is very demanding - I know it is at least 3 months away - but I hope to return to ballet classes before then. Meanwhile I do up to an hour and a half each day at home - and it has been great watching my strength start to increase again. Doing exercise to music is way more fun for me than just straight exercises! WIll keep everyone updated as I hopefully reach more of my goals - and hoping that everyone is progressing well in their recovery!

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