Wayne’s Achilles Blog

July 15, 2009

Week Nine: Itching to Run

Filed under: Uncategorized — wayne @ 7:22 pm and

My ATR recovery continues to go very well.  In fact things are going so well that my physical therapist had me cancel one of my sessions last week and has me going to PT once a week for the remainder of this month.  Eventually my PT sessions will be further reduced to once every two weeks until I reach my ultimate goal of returning back to running.  Yesterday my therapist took a few measurements of my range of motion and said everything was excellent.  My AT range of motion is now within the norm!

I’m now working on strenthening my AT and calf muscles in my bad leg.  I’ve been doing calf raises with both feet and lately modified the exercise so that I use both feet on the up motion and only my bad foot on the down motion.  However, today at the gym I was able to do single leg calf raises using my bad leg only! But don’t get excited yet.  I had to use the assistance of my hands by grabbing onto the railing to lighten the load.  I can’t wait until the day I can do single leg calf raises under my own weight.

This week was also my post-op check up with the ortho surgeon.  He inspected the scar site and was impressed with my progress, the range of motion, and the amount of strength of my AT (as little as it was).  He said that I’m still ahead of schedule of normal recovery.  I recall when we first discussed returning to running.  He had told me that it would definitely take at least 9 months.  He then soften that to 6-9 months; then to at least 6 months; and then this week he indicated a minimum of 4-6 months for very light jogging. Cool beans!  I’m also hoping to walk normal again soon.  Right now I walk with a slight limp which tends to get a bit more exaggerated as the day lingers on. Without the props of my crutches or Mr. Boot, I just look like some dude that can’t walk normal.

My next check up isn’t until another 6 weeks.  By then, according to my ortho surgeon, most if not all of the residual swelling should be gone.  I certainly hope so.  I wouldn’t want to get use to wearing compression stockings! LOL


  1. Nice work! Do you take days off inbetween PT or do you hit the gym every day?

    Comment by mikelosangeles — July 15, 2009 @ 7:38 pm

  2. I’ve been going to the gym almost every day. I’m supposed to do my PT exercises everyday. My physical therapist will know if I’ve been slacking off!

    Comment by wayne — July 15, 2009 @ 7:56 pm

  3. Hi Wayne - congratulations! I am jealous of your progress. I have a quick question for you. I am at 5 weeks post-op for a torn Achilles, and am hoping to be off crutches next week. Anyway, I need to move apartments on my 10th week post-op (your current status). Based on your condition now, how much moving do you think you can do? I am just trying to get an idea of how productive I might be able to be.

    Thanks and keep up the good work.


    Comment by travx123 — July 21, 2009 @ 9:53 am

  4. I still have a gimp in my walk and my AT tires/heats up after extensive walking. As far as moving, you may be able to carry a few boxes but you can forget heavy furniture especially if your move involves stairs…that’s what friends or moving companies are for!

    Comment by wayne — July 21, 2009 @ 7:02 pm

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