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Jogging

It’s coming close to a year since my Achilles rupture so on the eve of the anniversary, I thought I post a much delayed update. I have been consistently exercising by the means of cycling but have not done much more than that. I manage to go out on my road bike at least 2-3 times a week usually between 5-10 miles. But I knew I had to transition to a much more strenuous form of exercise if I want to strengthen my Achilles and the next logical step was jogging.

About two weeks ago, which is just over 10 months post surgery, I started running. It is much later then most people but I am not in a rush and I wanted to be sure I can handle the pressure. If you can, try to find a well maintained grass ground to start jobbing. I don’t have a lot of grassy areas around my house so I had to run on concrete. A few months ago, I tried jogging and after maybe 100 yards, I started having pain in my legs. I went back to cycling. I meant to e-mail my PT to ask if I should run through pain but never got around to doing it. He did offer me to go back and visit whenever and would be happy to answer any questions. I guess that is how it is the more departed you are from your treatment, the more separated you become to rely on them.

Finally, I set my sight to run around the block. I made sure I was well hydrated and stretched before starting. I stretched my calves, hamstrings, and thighs. I usually stretch either from top to bottom or vice versa so I can keep a tab of my major muscle groups. It works really well.

I started off really slow. Just as my surgeon, Dr. J told me, job by rolling off the balls of my foot. My goal was to run around my block which comes out to just short of a mile at .7 miles and not stop. I succeeded. I was not as out of shape as I thought probably due to my cycling habits. However, I was feeling pain in my other parts of my leg. My knees in particular. Since then, I have gone jogging 3 more times and I have my good days and bad days. But I never had to stop which is a major accomplishment. Post running pain is minimal and there have not been any swelling either. I think this is largely in part I’ve lost 20 lbs in the past 3.5 months.

Introduction and Timeline

On Oct 13, 2014, I ruptured my left Achilles. At the time of the rupture, I was a healthy 35 year old male, 6′ 2″ and about 210lbs. My physical fitness was semi-active. I work from home but try to manage cycling 1-2 times a week and play full court basketball at least once a week. So I wasn’t completely out of shape but I wasn’t in super great shape either.

In hindsight, I don’t think you can pinpoint the cause of the rupture. I played competitive sports throughout high school and lettered in volleyball, basketball, and soccer all 4 years. I put my body during those years very hard. I was young so I thought. Much of my problems came from my knees but never any foot or ankle problems.

About a year before the rupture, I did see the doctor to have my left Achilles checked out. I often would wake up in the morning with a very stiff left foot. The doctor indicated it there was some swelling on my Achilles and was diagnosed with tendonosis. I was given a few leg strengthening exercises and off I went. One more checkup and the pain went away. Laziness got the better of me and I stopped doing the exercises. At no point did the doctor say there was going to be a risk of a rupture. Thinking back, it was likely precursor to the full rupture.

Here is a timeline view of my blog posts of my recovery.

Oct 13 2014 – The Rupture
Oct 14 2014 – visit chiropractor, MRI
Oct 15 2014 – MRI confirm full rupture
Oct 16 2014 – Dr. L. No surgery date. Soft cast taken off
Oct 17 2014 – iwalk arrives
Oct 18 2014 – First Weekend
Oct 21 2014 – Dr. J. Surgery confirmed for Tuesday Oct 23
Oct 23 2014 – Surgery
Oct 23 2014 – Immense Pain Post Surgery
Oct 25 2014 – Side effects
Oct 29 2014 – Pain in Calf / Cast Removed
Oct 31 2014 – Nutrition post Achilles surgery
Nov 4 2014 – Post Op appt, stitches removed, limited exercises
Nov 14 2014 – physical therapy
Nov 18 2014 – Post Op appt – 50% weight bearing
Nov 21 2014 – physical therapy
Nov 24 2014 – physical therapy – 75% weight bearing
Dec 1 2014 – physical therapy
Dec 3 2014 – physical therapy
Dec 8 2014- physical therapy
Dec 10 2014 – physical therapy
Dec 15 2014 – physical therapy
Dec 16 2014 – Post Op appt – No crutches!
Dec 17 2014 – physical therapy – 50-50 Boots
Dec 22 2014 – physical therapy –
Dec 29 2014 – physical therapy – no boots
Jan 13 2015 – Post Op appt
Jan 21 2015 – physical therapy
Jan 23 2015 – 3 months post op update!
Jan 28 2015 – physical therapy
Feb 4 2015 – physical therapy
Feb 12 2015 – Legoland Trip!
Mar 11 2015 – 4 months post op
March 26 2015 – 5 months post op and end of physical therapy
May 2 2015 – Business Trip
June 29 2015 – 8 months post op
Oct 2 2015 – Jogging
Dec 18 2015 – one year and 2 months post op
Jan 4 2016 – Back to basketball!
March 25, 2016 – Visiting New York City after Achilles Rupture
Nov13, 2016- Two years update