I achieved another milestone! I no longer have to wear my boots! It was very difficult to get around with the boots and felt my leg being weighted down. I can now go about without the boots but will use a small heel pad similar to these Dr. Scholl pads. The ones I got was from Dr. J. who had them in his office. It helps with my calf as they were not strong enough to help me push off from my daily travels. It’s so good to be back in my own shoes! I still had issues with fatigue when wearing dress shoes which had less support. If I wore jogging shoes or basketball shoes with the heel pad, I was fine. However, I still could not stand or walk at long distance. I had to be mindful that I had to find a place to sit once I start feeling pain.
I’m fortunate to know a friend who is a Nutritionist. Upon finding out of my injury and that I just undergone Achilles surgery, she came by to help me understand what I had to do to maximize my healing.
From WebMD – “Your body uses protein to build and repair tissues. You also use protein to make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals. Protein is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood.” Simply, protein aids your body to repair the Achilles and the surrounding tissues. During this time I made extra effort to eat things such as eggs, meats such as chicken, steak, fish, edamame beans, peanut butter, and took on protein shake every night before I went to sleep. The protein shake I started using is available from Trader Joes.
2) Omega-3 and DHA
I was recommended to take food high in Omega-3 such as salmon but can also take supplements such as fish oil. According to WebMD, “the human body cannot make omega-3 fatty acids, we have to get them from our diet.” Omega-3 will help lower blood pressure and triglyceride levels which will aid in increased blood flow and help prevent inflammation.
Food that are rich in Omega-3 are cold water fish, soy beans, flaxseeds, and tofu. For this, I took in supplements and bought Chia seeds, which are high in Omega 3, protein, and fiber and added it to my oatmeal which I usually take at least 3 times a week. The DHA supplement, I bought from Amazon.
3) Multi vitamin
I was also recommended to take in a multivitamin. The type was not important as long as the major vitamins and minerals were covered. I took a typical multivitamin for men. Sometimes, I would cheat and take on
4) Lastly, avoid alcohol
This wasn’t explicit but I have been avoiding alcohol throughout my recovery. I think I had 2 glasses of wine during Christmas which was 2 months removed from surgery. I have long stopped taking pain medication. There should be no alcohol while taking the pain meds and as long as my Achilles was healing, I did not take any alcohol at all.
Finally this day has come! I got the green light from my orthopedic surgeon that I no longer required crutches! I actually knew that I was quite comfortable without crutches but I wanted to be sure and waited for the ok from Dr. J. I did occasionally put full weight on my leg at extremely short intervals and didn’t have any issues. I can now walk around hands free without the iWalk. I did have to be careful and of course still use the boot.