That is not to say that walking distances is not still a challenge. It is. But, thinking back to where I was one year ago, I'm happy to say that I've seen great improvement and I can almost sorta kinda maybe possibly say I think it was good I had the surgery.
|Evening of the surgery|
The surgery involved removing a chunk of my heel bone, along with debridement and repair of the achilles tendon. Following the surgery I spent two weeks completely non weight bearing on that leg. After that, I graduated to a Frankenstein boot and learned to get around using a knee scooter, followed by a walker, and finally a cane.
Healing from this type of surgery is a very looooonnnnnnng process, I've learned. Longer than I had realized at the outset.
The surgeon surprised me, though, seeming happily pleased with my progress and flexibility. He informed me that the general rule of thumb for this type of surgery is to be back to 60% by 6 months (about where I would put myself), back to 80% by one year, and possibly fully back to normal sometime into the second year post op.
I guess that means I won't be heading back to the gym just yet. I will
The good news is that it is healing. It is getting better and I am having less pain.
I suppose sometimes it's OK to be expired.