Filed Under (Uncategorized) by 2ndtimer on 17-09-2010

after surgery was great.

What a gorgeous sunny summer it was! I enjoyed every minute of it basking on the sun, walking, hiking, swimming. I feel so alive again. ( I spent 22 weeks in cast/boot last year) I am swimming regularly twice a week and find it very helpful. Managed to shave off 4 pounds, so I am actually lighter than before the accident!

As for the progress: my injured calf is still 2 cms skinnier, but there is a good shapely hard little muscle there that helped me climb a 10K trail at Lake Superior, no problem just general fatigue. Finally I do not fret if I lose balance and have to step back unexpectedly.

The stiffness is still there for the first few steps in the morning, and it seems I lost flexibility in that ankle for good, so I am no fan of going down stairs anymore.  But I feel 100% comfortable doing my daily activities.  Perhaps I am more choosy with my shoes: I do appreciate padded soles.

I wish you the same joy in the near future!


normofthenorth on 17 September, 2010 at 8:25 am #

2ndtimer, have you tried my trick for going downstairs with only as much dorsiflexion as you want (including none)? It’s gotten good results for a few others here already.

Basically, when you step down with the “bad” foot, you put it farther forward, farther “out”, than normal. The heel is securely on the step, but the toes and maybe even the middle are hanging out over air, past the “nose” of the step.

Then when you step down with the other foot, you can just roll your “bad” foot over the nose of the step, rather than dorsiflexing. It takes a few minutes practice, and you don’t want to talk on the phone at the same time, but once you get the technique, it’s just as fast and just as easy (and just as safe) as the way you walked down stairs two years ago! It works best in shoes that AREN’T super-slippery.

2ndtimer on 17 September, 2010 at 8:31 am #

Yes indeed that is the most helpful trick Norm. I am just crying over my lost above average flexibility!

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