| | PTTD Surgery - still limping after 5 mos
On August 25 I had surgery to repair a torn PT tendon. The surgeon also did an achillies tendon lengthening and a calcaneal osteotomy to prevent it from rupturing again. I was in a cast non-weight bearing for 7 weeks, then went to a boot for 3 weeks, then finally a regular shoe. I had PT for 8 weeks right after the cast came off. I have to say, I was making progress. I noticed that right after the cast came off, it was difficult to put weight on it, but it came easier and easier each day. I went from using a walker, to using a cane, then I didn't need any support. Now after 5 months, I seem to be stuck at walking with this limp. I'm not doing PT any longer, my insurance only approved 8 weeks. I really felt that I could do the therapy on my own, they were not doing that much for me any longer.
I still have a lot of stiffness in the whole foot, especially the achillies tendon area, and where he put in the bone graft for the calcaneal ostetomy. My doctor said I have good range of motion, but I am still unable to raise up on my bad foot on my toes. I just don't seem to have the strength in that foot to raise up on my toes. I can raise up with two feet, but not on one. My doctor got me annoyed, because he could not understand why I was limping and why I could not raise up on my toes. It is really frustrating because I want to be able to walk normal again and not limp and have pain.
I'd like to hear from anyone who had this surgery, and how long does it take to get back to walking like a normal person (if at all possible). Before I had the tendon rupture, I enjoyed taking walks in my neighborhood and on the treadmill and I would love to be able to do that again without pain. So far I'm able to walk around the block and I struggle to do a mile on the treadmill at only 2.0 MPH. If I try to go faster, I start to limp.
Any comments would be appreciated. Thanks