Ruptured achilles

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tfred67
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Ruptured achilles

Post by tfred67 » January 12th, 2021, 8:38 pm

Late October I ruptured my left achilles while walking up a hill. Who knew walking was a contact sport? Had surgery and am now in a walking boot for at least 6 more weeks. Surgeon has OKed rowing as long as I wear the boot which by its design just about eliminates ankle movement. Rowing is basically boot on the floor, other foot strapped in, knees bent with minimal movement (never straight/never full forward), seat moves about 1 foot. Doing 3,000 meters daily and working toward 5,000. Pace is about 2:50/500. Time and better technique will come later. No pain and am doing the stretching exercises phys therapist wants done. PT reviewed what I am doing. Following a low slow process with some speed ups, back to slow, and a big finish. Looking for other various rowing ideas or patterns. It is going to take 6-8 more months to get back to 'normal' so I have plenty of time. I am 69, 6'7", 300+ pounds, in very good health. Not going back to a gym due to COVID.

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Re: Ruptured achilles

Post by Ombrax » January 13th, 2021, 3:37 am

tfred67 wrote:
January 12th, 2021, 8:38 pm
Rowing is basically boot on the floor, other foot strapped in,
Bummer about the injury, that's a tough one.

Re: rowing - I seem to remember someone on the forum who had to also wear a boot, and his rowing solution was to get a skateboard and put his foot+boot on that, and let it move back and forth.

Good luck with your rehab.

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Re: Ruptured achilles

Post by DavidA » January 13th, 2021, 4:32 pm

tfred67 wrote:
January 12th, 2021, 8:38 pm
Late October I ruptured my left achilles while walking up a hill. Who knew walking was a contact sport? Had surgery and am now in a walking boot for at least 6 more weeks. Surgeon has OKed rowing as long as I wear the boot which by its design just about eliminates ankle movement. Rowing is basically boot on the floor, other foot strapped in, knees bent with minimal movement (never straight/never full forward), seat moves about 1 foot. Doing 3,000 meters daily and working toward 5,000. Pace is about 2:50/500. Time and better technique will come later. No pain and am doing the stretching exercises phys therapist wants done. PT reviewed what I am doing. Following a low slow process with some speed ups, back to slow, and a big finish. Looking for other various rowing ideas or patterns. It is going to take 6-8 more months to get back to 'normal' so I have plenty of time. I am 69, 6'7", 300+ pounds, in very good health. Not going back to a gym due to COVID.
Oy.
Sorry to hear that. Unfortunately that kind of thing takes a while to heal.
I hope that you do have a full recovery.
As Ombrax mentioned, you might try getting something to put under the boot so that you can move back and forth more. (I believe a long time user and member of the forum, who, unfortunately is no longer with us (Carol McNally), did something similar when she had a cast for a while.)

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