Achilles' tendon recovery .

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Been six weeks post op after surgery. Got hurt playing softball.  Started rehab about three weeks ago everything seemed to be going ok. Then a week ago, I was cleared to bare weight as tolerated in the walking boot . Fast forward, have more pain in my upper cast, my therapist was like what did you do? I was like what do U mean I was told  use it. Bottom line I'm frustrated . Called my ortho surgeon Thursday was like did I re-injure this. She couldn't really answer the question.  My cousin thinks I did to much to soon not to mention walking in this boot is abnormal .  Anyone have issue like this.

Thanks john 

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    When I was first fitted for a walking boot, they gave me one that was too short. It only went up to just above mid calf. Ended up with pain and bruising all around the area. My physiotherapist recommended I go back to where I purchased the boot. I did and end result is they realized they made an error and fitted me with one that went up to just under the knee. The relief was immediate. No long lasting damage or delay in my healing. My Dr. recommended that I follow the physiotherapist recommendations on how much to do and when to introduce new activities. While in the boot, walk as little as necessary and rest foot a lot! I was given exercises to strengthen all other parts of leg as well as other leg - preparation for when the real work began on my injured tendon and calf. The only activities for my injured foot was toe wiggling. Hope this helps. Good luck.

     

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      Hey sandy thanks . My boot comes to around 6 in below my knee cap . I see my surgeon on Monday . I'm not big on pain meds or icing . Especially 6 weeks post op . However I've noticed today staying off it elevating it and icing it and light motion and I gave in and took the 800mg Motrin seems to have calmed things down towards the end. I'm going to do the same tomorrow . Just not very patient and when they say I can do something and I do it and I have a set back it's very annoying . 

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      Hi John. If your injury was a ruptured achilles tendon, then the biggest lesson you will need to learn is patience. Everyone's recovery is somewhat different, but generally it takes about a year to get back to "normal". My Dr. and physiotherapist both advised I would only recover up to 90-95% of functioning. Which at first sounded a bit depressing, but my physiotherapist said I would probably not even notice. And I don't.  I am now 14 months post injury and can do anything I did before.  I still stretch every morning and still occasionally feel stiffness, but those are my only reminders now. That and my calves look slightly different. The injured one is a bit smaller. But I think I am the only one who notices that. Take care.

       

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      Hey Sandy.

      Ya I had my visit to my ortho today, good news I didn't re-injure it.  I pretty much over did it last week. She said." that's common for the first week of weight baring as tolerated . 

       

      Ya I am horrible with patience . 

      Thanks john 

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