Seem like everyone joined the 2-shoes club today!

Add me to the club of those that went into 2 shoes today (see photo below).  I was expecting a little bit more ceremony from my PT but all he said was to put some shoes on and walk around for a bit.  I was then expecting him to tell me to get back in the boot before heading out onto the streets.  I’ve still got a bit of a limp and have been seriously warned about tackling any hills but other than that I feel great.

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After five PT sessions here is where I am at:

  • Standing on the bad leg (with no shoe) for 30 seconds three times daily, increase the duration by 10 seconds per day.
  • 30x Reverse towel stretches three times daily (with bent and straight knee) with pointed toes and adding a little bit of resistance with my arms
  • 30x very light calf raises, up to three times daily

And just as a update on the stuff that I’m still doing from my first PT session:

  • As much swimming as I like. No power kicks and no pushing off the wall.
  • 6 minutes on a reclined exercise bike up to three times per day, slowly increasing the duration by one minute each day.
  • 30x straight leg light calf stretch with a towel, up to three times daily (basically wrap a towel around your foot and pull back lightly).
  • 30x bent leg light calf stretch with a towel, up to three times daily.
  • 30x towel scrunches (i.e. trying to scrunch a towel and lift it between your toes), up to three times daily. 
  • Then for strengthening of my knee and hip I do 30x front and side leg lifts, up to three times daily.

11 Responses to “Seem like everyone joined the 2-shoes club today!”

  1. Congrats!! Didn’t realize before I responded that you hit 2 shoes today as well. You are doing great for 6 weeks post op…wow!

  2. Congrats.. I joined the club for 2 shoes today as well. I hope we both keep moving by leaps and bounds!
    Ryan

  3. Congrats. The two things that really bugged me when I first got into two shoes were uphill climbs and going down stairs. stairs have gotten better, but hills are still a struggle.

    Also had the problem of walking with a stiff leg and limp. Highly recommend finding a treadmill facing a mirror to help train yourself out of it.

    Good luck.

  4. Congrats! That’s great and so fast!
    Best of luck with continued progress,
    Sam

  5. Happy for you to be in 2 shoes!

    Can you tell me how it feels to do the first calf raises standing up on your weight?

    I am curious, because I still I wonder what went wrong with me the first time around….

  6. Thanks All - the next challenge will be remembering to take things slowly as we are still only a little ways down the road to 100%. I jumped out of bed this moring and was about to start walking around before I realised that I should put some shoes (& heel lift) on - oops!

    @2nd timer - right now I think that my right (good) leg is pretty much taking all the weight and I’m just getting the feel of the exercise with the left. At the gym I’m using a leg press (i.e. sitting down and pushing a weight away from my body with my legs) at almost full knee extension my PT told me to then try and lift my heels (sort of simulating a jump), I couldn’t do it the first couple of tries but slowly my calf remembered what it should be doing.

  7. @mattachille - thanks for the tip about the mirror and the treadmill, I’ll give it a go.

  8. Sometimes I wonder if I overdid the physio the first time around…. I tried to put some weight on my bad leg and the first calf raises felt like my tendon was going to explode…. also when I got on the treadmill, I guess it was too long too fast because it was very painful.

  9. @2nd timer - not sure about overdoing it. My PT was saying up until yesterday that everything should be pain free. Yesterday (6 wks 6 days post op) he finally said that it was time for me to hurt a little and added more weight to my leg presses.

    I’m getting a little pain on the bottom of my heel now after a bit of walking yesterday and the PT session.

  10. Congrats! That’s great and so fast!

  11. thx for information this is very good

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