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There’s a light at the end of the tunnel!

Filed under: Uncategorized — arielmarisa at 1:07 pm on Tuesday, December 21, 2010

It’s been a while since I’ve written, which is I guess what happens when you’re not confined to a couch for hours on end. It’s been almost 5 months since my surgery, and I honestly cannot believe it. Since I got my cast taken off in October, the amount of progress I’ve made is absolutely unbelievable. I started physical therapy the week I got my cast off, going 3 times a week for 2 hours each time. The first time I went, I could barely walk without my crutch. They had me doing simple ankle exercises and things to strengthen my stick of a leg. As the weeks went on I graduated to more difficult things such as riding a stationary bike, walking backwards and forwards on the treadmill, and even leg strengthening machines. Going on the machines was so scary because even though my physical therapist told me I would be okay, I was terrified of having to go through this whole process again when I had already come so far. But I did them anyway, and was surprised at how good I felt after doing them.

After a couple of weeks I returned to the doctor who took a look at my ankle and was happy with the progress I made. I was cut down to 2 times a week at PT for only an hour. My walking had gotten a lot better, but I still had a bit of a limp. The PT said that I was hyperextending my knee as I tried to walk because I had gotten used to walking that way in my walking cast. I’m still working on walking normally and it really only happens if I am SERIOUSLY thinking about it. I’m finally allowed to go to the gym, but I can only really do the elliptical for 25 minutes before I am hurting. Although it’s nothing like the gym workouts I had before my injury, it’s definitely a start.

This journey has been a long one, and I know that there’s still so much ahead of me…but honestly I can’t believe how far I’ve come from the depressive, injured self that I was only a few months ago. I can walk up stairs without any problems…(although walking down stairs is still a bit of a task.) I still can’t run, but my walking has improved, and I can almost walk on my toes without pain, but it definitely still freaks me out. Before winter break started I went to Islands Of Adventure with my boyfriend and made it around the park for a couple of hours before my leg got tired and started to really hurt, but it’s so much more than I could ask for. I see the doctor again at the end of the month and I hope he’s happy with the progress I’ve made. Maybe he can even clear me to wear….SANDALS! Doubtful, but it’s wishful thinking. At least Florida has been somewhat cold so I can get away with wearing boots! =). Now it’s time to focus on walking normally, maybe that’s what I should be doing instead of updating my blog!



Comment by jla2010

December 21, 2010 @ 2:40 pm

Good to see you back. To get rid of the limp, keep working on your stride and make sure that your foot on the ATR leg doesn’t point out to the side. Keep it going straight forward, roll over your toe and push off with each step. Combine that with leg raises and you’ll be rid of your limp in no time. I just wrote a comment to paulg on leg raises talking about form that may be helpful to you. Keep healing.


Comment by normofthenorth

December 22, 2010 @ 1:41 am

You can also gradually load up your recovering calf-and-AT by going up on two legs (heel lift) then down mostly on one.

Another tough exercise is walking backwards. Don’t do either if it’s TOO hard, of course, but if you’re ready, go for it.

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