Calcaneal osteotomy

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after several ops i've had my heel broken and repositioned together with some ligament reconstruction. i am about 80 days past the op and am now having two physio treatments at independent locations. to be honest my swelling has reduced but i still have no definition around the Achilles which is still swollen. This started from limited dorsiflexion which now is worse than ever as I have a limp due to not being able to push my knee beyond my big toe (as you look down). I am doing all i can but just wondered if anyone has experienced the same and could give me some reassurance .

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Andrew (49 from West Yorks)

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    Hi Andy,

    The achilles has a poor vascular input, bloody supply is limited. This maybe part of the reason it is taking so long. Did you ever have any trauma / injury to the achilles?


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      Thanks Shelly,

      No specific trauma to my knowledge. I was always susceptible to rolling my ankles when running but have always struggled to run on soft ground.

      It would be fair to say I have over done it a little since been told I can go to the gym- mostly this has been to facilitate the exercises given by the physio and a controlled weights session . I do a 14 minute treadmill walk (6 kph) and a hand bike blow out for 12 mins.

      Ive been 6 times in 8 days with 5 lots of physio .



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      I think it's just a case of trying to wait patiently. it's a really tight tendon at the best of times and tendons lose their 'stretchiness' after time. Hope you recover soon, just keep stretching!! x

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    It took me about 3 months to gain similar flexion at the knee to be beyond my toes. I'm now 4 months post op TAR/TAA with ligament repair and just now getting some definition around the achilles and the medial and lateral malleollus

    This is a tough recovery.

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      Thank you for your reply.

      I am having good days and bad days which is progress.

      Was you op as a result of poor dorsiflexion? My ligaments weren't chuffed with my walking/running style as i have a natural outward roll which has caused sprained ankles in the sport i have played. I am convinced this was exacerbated with an op on my other leg which i had the slight bow straightened before a PCL replacement. If I was a horse they'd have put me down 😃

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