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Week 7 - Bye Bye Boot

Posted in Uncategorized on July 5, 2016 by velo1

At 6 weeks post OP the doc said I was healed enough to ditch the boot and start walking with my normal shoes and one heal lift and start PT.
So far I have been pleasantly surprised with this injury and recovery. From the beginning after reading everyone’s horror stories I was expecting 5 months before I could walk again. I can walk pretty good right now with only a slight limp that’s getting better every day.
Good luck everyone…I’m outa here!

4.5 Weeks Post OP

Posted in Uncategorized on June 21, 2016 by velo1

Been full weight bearing since two weeks PO in a Vacocast boot set at 15°.  No issues whatsoever.  The doctors plan is for me to come in at the 6 week mark and then ditch the boot and go into two shoes and start PT.  I’m wondering if I should be adjusting the vacocast down from 15° to 10 or 5 as the date gets closer to when I should remove the boot altogether.

I have been trying to stay active as much as possible.  Pre ATR I was an avid cyclist riding 5-6 times a week and 300+ miles a week.  I’ve been doing some light riding around the neighborhood (3-5 miles) wearing the vacocast and it doesn’t seem to bother the tendon at all.  I ice every night and elevate as often as possible.  Swelling seems to be minimal.  Hope I’m not doing to much and causing any damage but since I have no pain I think I’m OK.

I’m also sleeping in the boot but would like to ditch that as soon as possible but don’t want to risk injuring it.

Hey who kicked me in the back of my leg??!!

Posted in Uncategorized on June 7, 2016 by velo1

Ruptured the Achilles on my left leg while playing volleyball.  Like most people here this injury was not even on my radar, hell it wasn’t even in my solar system.  I always thought this was something pro basketball players get. Not middle aged mountain bikers who also played a ton of basketball and volleyball in their 20’s.

Had the injury on a Tues., surgery was on the Friday.  No pain after surgery, no pain the next day, no pain at any time actually.  I kept it elevated and hooked up to an ice machine for the first two days almost the entire time.  After two days I had enough sitting around and had to get out of bed.  I did pickup a iWalk2.0 before surgery and practiced walking on it so I was able to get up and go outside a little starting on day 3.

I was put into a cast after surgery and two weeks later I went in to have the stitches removed and was given an “AirCast” with two wedges for 15° of plantar flexion. I was told I could have full weight bearing if I could manage it.  Since I had zero pain this was not an issue so I was finally walking! (OK limping).  I did purchase a VacoCast Pro Achilles boot as I had read all the glowing reviews and thought it was worth it. (ebay for 90 bucks with the evenup shoe and extra liner)

Incision before stitches were removed.

Not much swelling.
Not much swelling.

I was told to come back in 6 weeks and they would remove the boot and put me into a normal shoe with a heal lift and I could start PT.

So that’s where I’m at right now.  I need to start going to the gym and working some upper body and maybe start swimming. I did bike 3 miles in the boot this past Sunday on my mtn bike. (on the pavement not offroad)