17 Weeks…

Well today marks 17 weeks post surgery.

I went to the foot doctor yesterday. The strength is great. The ROM is great. But I am still limping and have some tenderness/slight pain on both sides of my ankle and underneath. Nothing on the back side. So the doctor is sending me to PT. The place he wanted to send me is not covered by my insurance (gotta love insurance these days), so I am waiting to hear about secondary PT place.

I asked the dreaded ? of ” Doc, when can I go back to running?” He said it would be at least another 2 months before we have that discussion (6 months post op). He said he may let me start walking on the treadmill next month depending on how the PT is going. I am currently up to 30 minutes on the stationary bike and 20 laps in the pool. Slowly building cardio back up. Amazing how quickly you can lose it!

2 questions:

1. When were you all allowed back to running?

2. I really try not to walk barefoot around the house (wear clean pair of crocs for one support). I noticed then I walk barefoot it feels really weird on the bottom of my heel. Like a squishy weird feeling (I know hard to describe in words) Thoughts?

5 Responses to “17 Weeks…”

  1. 1. I am 6 months post surgery and I am still not allowed to run. The limiting factor (for me at least) is strength - I can’t do a single calf raise with my bad leg and they don’t want me running until I can.

    2. I have had that feeling too and I assume it is from swelling. In footwear with a soft sole, the bottom of the hell can swell up a bit and then I feel it when I go barefoot. The feeling tends to subside pretty quickly though. I still wear a compression sock most of the time during the day to control swelling. If you have swelling I recommend using a compression sock if you aren’t already.

  2. Emupilot,

    Thanks for the information.
    I am the same way on the calf raises. I can do them on both legs but not stand alone. Did you keep pushing thru or just give it time to keep building strength?

    I have tried the compression socks and I can tell a small difference. I may try wearing them all the time now to see.

    I have been swimming a lot and going to start some light pool running and see if that affects anything.

  3. 1. At 15 weeks, which was my last checkup, my doctor thought I could start some light jogging around the 5 month post-op mark. That would have been late July/August 2017. I ended up waiting until late November to start a Couch to 5K program as my running rehab plan (a mix of walking and running to start with). I tried to start earlier but it never felt right. So it took me a good 8 months to start up again. Today is actually 11 months since surgery and I ran my first official 5k race this morning, 30 seconds under my goal time. It may take some time, but you’ll get there!

    2. I had a similar feeling and attributed it to being non-weightbearing for so long. The skin on my heel was super sensitive and my heel overall felt soft, like it had lost some density during the NWB phase. I’m not sure when that feeling went away…I don’t remember it lasting past 5-6 months.

    For what it’s worth, I found the phase you’re entering to be the toughest part. A lot of things felt better, but my strength wasn’t there and certain movements still caused me pain. I was frustrated because it seemed like some people moved through that phase faster. I also wasn’t hitting milestones as regularly (they come up fast in the early going) so it was like a 3-month plateau even though I knew things were still getting better. Then, around the 9 month post-op mark things started to click and I felt like I was making another jump in progress.

  4. wsfost02, I measured the circumference of each calf when I got my boot off and the bad one was about 1.5 inches / 4 cm smaller than the good one. In the last 3 months I’ve gotten about a third of that back. Since I’m not a runner and already have no limits on my biking, I’m just following the PT recommendations and not pushing too hard with the calf raises.

  5. I was giving the OK to run at 15 weeks if I was transitioned out of heel lifts. I wasn’t since my achilles would bug me when I didn’t wear them. By week 18 I was able to stop using the heel lifts and was giving the OK to do some VERY light jogging and VERY light ball dribbling (my aim was to get back to soccer). And when I first started running I could do just one lap of the field. My PT always told me to stop if I’m getting pain. Of course everyone heals at a different rate and PT will be different since what happened to everyone is a bit different. My doc saw me at the 6 month mark and gave me the OK to do anything. Of course my achilles/calf didn’t allow me to do anything at that point - LOL!

    I also did not get the OK to go barefoot until my 6 month doctor visit. He wanted to make sure everything healed up well and had strength and flexibility before I went barefoot. Barefoot will cause a lot more work for the muscles/tendons/bones so all those need to get their strength and flexibility back before you stress them.

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