Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Half way rid of the boot

I had my first checkup this morning since getting the boot.

Seems everything is going well and he's happy with how the tendon is feeling. So the boot has come up to 15 degrees (from 22.5), which will stretch the tendon out and force it to lengthen some more. This new angle is feeling much better. I can all but walk on it now, though I still half need a crutch or something for balance. It should make getting around much easier.

During the checkup when the doctor asked me to stand on the boot, I mentioned how it tends to put backwards pressure on my knee - something I have a little bit of a phobia of after a minor netball injury maybe 8 years ago. He asked me to sit again and had a bit of a play with the knee and said there's definitely some damage to the anterior cruciate ligament. Regardless of the achilles injury, the damage to the ACL is enough that he would have suggested I not return to netball. It had always been a concern to me and I was always very mindful of that knee when on the court. I'd had it checked by my GP a while back but he couldn't find much wrong with it so I hadn't seen a reason to stop playing. At least I know now that it wasn't all in my head!

I'm booked in again in 3 weeks time to go to 0 degrees on the boot. That should come soon enough, given I feel I can probably return to work full time now. I'm actually booked in on the last day my doctor is at work before he takes a month off over Christmas. So that means the next stage - which should be 3 weeks - will be 4 as I wait till he comes back to work. At that time the boot will get the flick (yay!) and I'll return to more normal footwear.

That's not the end of the process, though, as he said at the end of that 3 months in the boot it's still only about three quarters healed. So I will still have to take it easy for the following 3 months.

The good news is that when I mentioned that I want to replace netball with cycling, he said I should be able to get on an exercise bike as of right now. So I might give that a try maybe later tonight to see how it goes. At least I can get some exercise in in the next 6 weeks to combat all the eating that's usually associated with Christmas. :)

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