So now I am out of the boot and am starting to move around like a normal person, my rehab proper starts. And like a proper scientist, I want to set a benchmark to see where my left ankle is at the moment, what its limitations are and how they change over time.
So here are a couple of movement benchmarks. We got the squat, walking, reverse lunge and a measure of ankle mobility...
So I had my first full day without the boot on yesterday and did some good walking too and from the gym. I was concentrating on walking as properly as possible (rolling through my foot and not hobbling with a super stiff ankle). And it all worked well! I was so happy with how it went! I could feel both my achilles and calf working nicely!
Had my last appointment with the consultant this afternoon. All looked well and he was happy with the scar and the movement in my ankle and the amount of pressure I could put through the ball of my foot.
So that's it from him! The tendon is nicely fixed and now I just need to make sure I don't snap it again (10% chance of a previously ruptured Achilles going again) and regaining the strength I've lost over the last (nearly) 3 months.
The Craven district council are starting a couple of new Healthy Lifestyle courses and I'm running them! Woo Hoo!
These courses are great, even if I do say so myself. They help people take control of their eating habits and weight for the long term. No short term supplements and over reliance on expensive and dodgy potions. One goal is to educate people on what they should/shouldn't be eating. But most importantly, how they can do it.
We know what we need to do. But we don't always know how to do it. And sometimes it's just really difficult to do.
Went for my first physio appointment this morning. It was just a routine check in to see who I am, what happened to me and what my condition is at the moment. So here goes...
My homework is:
Latest update...I don't have a pot on my leg any more!
What is the virtual classroom?
The virtual classroom is something Google developed to help school teachers teach their classes. It is a way for a "teacher" (or coach) to educate, encourage, set homework and interact with "pupils" (or clients) online. I'm obviously more than happy to steal anyones good idea, so I'm using their classroom and school model/tools to help people with their health, fitness and eating.
Back in the hospital today for regular checkup and change of plaster. Apparently healing very well and my ankle is now back in a new pot with a nearly 90 degree bend on it. So in another 2 weeks time I should be in with final new plaster or maybe a boot. So still hobbling on crutches for at least another 2 weeks.
When it comes to your health and wellbeing, first and foremost you should listen to the medical experts. Also, because there are so many variables here, I will only be able to give general guidelines. You cannot and should not think of anything I say here to be specific advice to you personally.
That being said, my experience of helping people return from injury or surgery has taught me a thing or two. And I actually snapped my achilles tendon at the start of July, so am having some first hand experience of this!