My Recovery Time Walking After 2 Achilles Tendon Ruptures



Hey all. Ryan here, so I thought I would share my recovery time for a series of walks that I did the week before. In the video above, you will see that it goes from Monday to Sunday, and Monday has a pretty high number of steps; that was the last big walk that I did.

After that Monday, I noticed a pain in my right calf and AC area and on my left side.

So I decided to take a break, and in my head, I thought I could recover in about 3 days, but as you can see by the graph here, it took about 6 days for me to get to about 80 to 90% of normalcy.

So the next question would be what led to such a long recovery time, and the answer was I believe I was overdoing it or overtraining.

I was doing my regular stretching in the calf area, but I couldn't get over the pain; more specifically, in the morning time, I really noticed that it was quite tense in the calf area.

As the day progressed, it got better, but again I could still feel an aching feeling in the Achilles tendon area and calf area.

On the days after the Monday in the graph, I just continued to rest and do stretching. I was also standing around a little more in the house to avoid being sedentary, and it seems to have worked out. It's now the following Monday, and I'm feeling much better.

For the long story about my Achilles tendon ruptures, check out my about page.

Updates

May 17, 2021

Hi all, well, it looks like I'll be participating in a few walking marathons this year, more specifically, virtual walking marathons. My recovery times will be put to the test till about the end of August 2021. I'll be frequently updating the "My Walking Marathon Training," post. Click by if you got a sec. 

May 14, 2021

I started to incorporate calf exercises with calf stretching, and I also bought a vibrating foam roller that is coming in the mail shortly.

I'm just going on my stairs at home and doing calf raises. I push up rather quickly on the calf, and then slowly come back down. I do this about 12 times, and keep doing it for about three sets.

I did a couple of walks last week, and they were about 5 km or so. I felt fine. I was able to walk each day with no problems.

I did one big walk that was about 15 km, and I started to notice a pain in my right calf. The good news is the calf the next day did not feel as fatigued as it usually was, so I believe the calf raises are helping.

So, I'll be trying calf raises with stretching and adding the vibrating foam roller to the equation to help with deeper tissue massage.

Let's see how things go, I'll give you an update on my recovery times in a bit.


April 17th, 2021

Hi all, in this video, I forgot to mention that I'm using the Google Fit health and activity tracking app.

I'm currently collecting my respiratory rate, heart rate, and step count with this app.

I am using a pixel device and unfortunately, I hear you are not able to get the respiratory and heart rate options if you don't have a Pixel device, but that's just from my recent research, things could change over time.

The Google Fit app seems to be generous when it comes to my step count. There are days where I'm just walking around in the house, and then by the end of the day, the app says I did 5000 to 6000 steps. I just take the step count with the grain of salt.

Also, the heart rate tracking doesn't seem to be too accurate when I put my finger over the camera and take a reading.

Compared to my Polar m200 fitness watch I find that most of these readings seem to be a little bit low.

Nevertheless, I continue to use Google fit, it's fine for what I need it for at this moment in time.