Monthly Archives: March 2015

5 month post surgery and last physical therapy

This week I had two milestones. It has been 5 months since my surgery to repair my Achilles and yesterday I went through my last physical therapy session. I don’t know if it was a mental thing but I also felt very comfortable walking without any pain and only minor tightness. When I wake up, my Achilles is tight but slowly becomes more loose. I can feel strength and barely limp especially when I have shoes on. When I am on my bare feet, there is still some struggle when lifting my heel off the ground when I take a step.

All in all, I am happy with my progress. I was hoping to be able to get into full activity including sports by month 6 but that looks like it will have to be pushed out. I still cannot jog or jump. I can somewhat manage a job but its really oblique and doesn’t look or feel like a job. It is best not to push it and slowly stay with the strengthening regimen of strengthening my calf and muscles around my foot.

I decided to end my physical therapy due to two reasons. The primary one being the cost. On April first, my deductible will reset and  I will need to pay the full amount out of pocket. Second reason is that I am already set with my exercise routine. As long as I am disciplined, I should be good to go. The physical therapy office I went was a godsend. They were very helpful and diligently worked with me to ensure I did my exercises correctly and pushed my reps just the right amount. I left them with some cream puffs so I hope they enjoyed it! I would highly recommend them if you are looking for a place near Pasadena.

4 Month Post Op

I have a lot of catching up to do! I had my 4 month post Achilles rupture operation appointment today. The doctor asked me to demonstrate a few calf raises for him which I did. I didn’t work out the previous day so I was able to do a few controlled calf raises. He was happy with my progress. He indicated that a lot of patients at this stage would thrust or lean towards one side to come up to their toes. I was able to do calf raises upright.

Now the next challenge.

“Can you do one leg?”, he asked.

I couldn’t. Actually, I never really tried. I explained that I still had a fear of pushing too hard and re-rupturing my repaired Achilles. He felt my Achilles and explained that at this point, it will not re-rupture. Given some assurance, I gave it a shot and was able to come up maybe 1.5″ off the floor! I still had work to do. He explained by the next appointment, I should be able to do one foot calf raises at ease.

I hope so!