Achilles Surgery 72hrs ago

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Had my surgery 72hrs ago and feel great. No pain except some throbbing around the surgery site when standing.

Question for the group? I feel really good and can move my toes and foot around without any pain. I am in an ace wrap and a semi cast that just runs under my heel and up my leg. I have a walking boot that I used before my surgery. Think it would be safe th throw my foot in that boot and try put some weight on my foot.

I have my follow up appointment in 10 days so of course will ask and get an idea from my doctor but just wanted to ask.

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    I would recommend NOT weighting surgical foot unless instructed to do so by doc. I also had surprisingly little pain, but there will be swelling and perhaps some numbness due to sural nerve irritation during surgery. I recommend not rushing through the recovery steps for the best outcome.

    I am now 7 months post op and glad I followed instructions. Of course, my injury and surgery might have been different then yours. But, which of the following errors have the least risk for the long term? Avoided weight bearing for a few days when you could have, or weight bearing when you should not have?

    It is really outstanding that you have no pain at this point. That is very promising. I wish you all the best for a complete and fast recovery.

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    Hi Yadeed

    Are you in the U.K.? Your consultant/surgeon should have been specific about what you can or can't do re weight bearing. I was in a cast for 2 weeks post surgery and absolutely told NOT to put any weight on it (use crutches instead).

    Like you, I had no pain immediately after, but when the cast came off and I went into a boot I was told I could fully weight bear. It was painful for the first couple of days, but fine after that.

    I hope this helps. I'm now 6 months on and only now walking properly. It can be a long slow process so be patient.

    Cibby

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    Hi Yadeed

    I would suggest you do not rush this and be guided by your doctor. If you have only had your surgery the healing process of the tendon alone to fuse together will take at least 6 weeks so you would be mad to try and put weight through it.

    If you haven't got any pain be thankful but don't let that give you a false sense of security, it will take time!! I am now 10 months post surgery and just about to ready to start light jogging/running.

    Let the tendon heal and be guided by you consultant!! This is a slow recovery but you will get there!

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    Depends on what doc said prior to surgery. I was non weight bearing 17 days. I would advise against moving foot wiggling toes should be enough for now. Once my sutures were removed I was back in boot another 4 weeks and started on PT at exactly 3 weeks after surgery don't rush it you'll have good days and swelling on others. 

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    I am five months post op and would recommend you don't put weight on your foot until the doctor says so. Take it easy and one day at a time.

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