5000+ steps

I’m finally managing over 5000 steps a day now, which is a big accomplishment for me. Just a few short weeks ago I was averaging just a bit over 1000. My pace is picking up just a little and I can now walk 18 city blocks without stopping which makes me very happy as I used to walk all over NYC.  I am also now wearing real shoes in the office. I am thrilled with the progress I see so far.

My PT has me now do 10 minutes on the bike with no resistance to warm up, 3 x 10 seated heel and toe raises, walking a pretend tight rope and 3 x 10 step ups with my injured leg on the step. Ended with massage, ROM and icing.  I’m to do all this at home as well a few times a day.

I hadn’t realized how tough all of that was for me until I had to do it. Trying to walk as if on a tightrope was the hardest as I don’t have good balance. I could not put my foot right in front of the other one, and had to settle for slightly off to the side. I know balance will come back, so for now I am careful when walking or standing still.  Seated heel raises are also still tough and though I try to do this standing I can’t yet do that without holding on to something, so I still have a long way to go on building up my calf muscle.

I have also moved to using the bus to get to and from work. I was worried about stepping in and out and whether or not I could get a seat because I knew standing up for 40 minutes commute would be difficult, so I made my husband join me on my maiden voyage. But it’s been working out and I get on at stops where I can get a seat fairly easy. Plus, I can walk part of the way and then hop on the bus so this makes me feel like I’m getting closer to where I was before ATR.

Still have a long way to go, but each day things get a little easier.

5 Responses to “5000+ steps”

  1. I’ve started tracking steps too. I’m trying to do around 5000 a day as well. I was doing about 8000 in a boot so I’m covering about half as much area…but probably taking twice as long!

    Has your pt had you do band work or one leg balances? I find those give me a good calf work (and whatever muscle is on my shin). I started those around week 5 or 6 and I think they have helped a ton. I do those with squats and seated calf raises 3 times a day.

    Congrats on the progress!

  2. That’s exciting news, thanks sharing. Closing the gap on being injured and recovered is a wonderful feeling!

  3. Sounds like your making great progress! It is worrying as you start to pick up more day to day activities and return to work. I still can’t get in normal shoes. How’s the swelling?

  4. Nosport45, I still have swelling by my ankle, but now it’s mostly on the side and back of the ankle and not the entire foot. My first day in sneakers I had to tie a knot in the laces as I could not make a bow. Now I can tie them normally. I really think the PT massage has made a great difference in my swelling as after my first PT, I noticed my foot was swelling less daily. I do ice down my foot at least 1-2 times while at work as I keep a pack/wrap there to do this. And I generally ice 1-2 more times when home along with my own massaging. As for the real shoes, I’m only in ones with low heels right now as i won’t attempt higher just yet. My feet were already a bit on the wide side, so the new shoes I bought were a wider width and that may also be helping. I have low boots with a stacked heel that I might try to wear this week when in the office so i can switch things up with my low heel.

  5. Congrats! Swelling will become less and less. I still elevate my leg. Not sure why. Out of habit now maybe. Even after a full days work. I don’t have much swelling. It’s coming. Be patient and keep up your exercising and stretching

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