Hi, my name is Matt. I am currently a sophmore in boston college. I have been running since middle school and love it. At the end of 2006 I started having numbness in my leg. I went to a doctor and he said it could be compartment syndrome but said that it was very unlikely. From then on out I saw many different doctors trying to find the problem and as time went on I could run less and less without pain and foot flopping. FInally earlier this year I went and had my compartments tested because it was the only thing that made sense and sure enough I had compartment syndrome all along. All of my compartments were over 30 and one being as high as 60. I want to get the fasciotomy to correct this problem, but I am unsure of what the typical recovery time is. Like when i will be able to walk again and be mobile? Thanks in advance.
I am sorry about your compartment syndrome but I am really happy that you figured out what is. Typically the post surgical course necessarily involves about 3 to 6 weeks of down time to allow a scar to form and get stronger. Usually at 6 weeks after surgery the scar will be approximately 40% strong implying that you can start doing some things more aggressively. I'm sure that your surgeon will give you the green light to walk sooner than that, some time around week 3, and probably to jog sometime around week 6. But each surgeon is different and depending on what happens in surgery these dates may not be certain. One piece of advice I have for you is to look into getting custom made orthotics as a preventive measure.
Good luck with the surgery.
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