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Leg Exercises After Surgery


#1

I damaged a tendon in my ankle and had surgery in January. The recovery is coming along, but squats and deads are a ways off and I just can't sit and watch my legs melt away anymore. At this point, all I can realistically do is extensions and curls, but those exercises aren't recommended at low rep levels (i.e. below 10).

Any suggestions? How can I best work my legs when i'm limited in exercise selection and rep range?

Thanks for any help.


#2

What tendon did you specifically injury and have surgery on?

I am assuming that your other leg did not have any medical intervention done on it, so that one should be full capable of a normal training routine (assuming you are smart about exercise selection and execution so that you don't put your surgical ankle in jeopardy).


#3

The peroneal tendon. Not ruptured, but dislodged from it's natural spot. The procedure was creating a groove in the ankle bone for the tendon to sit in.

Thanks for any suggestions.


#4

Did they create a groove or repair/reform the peroneal retinaculum that holds the tendon down?

I would be very cautious regarding rushing the recovery from that type of surgery. I have worked with one other athlete who has a peroneal retinaculum repair (he tore his retinaculum and had a subluxing peroneal tendon). We took things very slow as you do not want to stretch or damage the new/repaired tissue, because if you do the tendon will just end up subluxing/shifting again and you will be back to square one.

Listen to you doc regarding it and do not rush it. Meanwhile, continue to strengthen your healthy leg as normal.


#5

They created a groove. The orthopedist i went to is very reputable and seems to be on the cutting edge as far as the latest methods. They definitely created a groove. I do know that. I am actually going to ask if the bone will eventually fill in. I don't know if that's what the body does, but that would make me feel even better about the procedure.