Jun 09 2013

I need a grass skirt when I walk

Published by cams at 8:20 am under Getting around

Yesterday I went out on the open streets sans crutch.  Again, that very naked feeling of vulnerability, but those little milestones mean a lot.  Still have that annoying sway when I walk without the crutch.  Although I have a much more fluid stride with the crutch, I alternate between a step-lurch or a step sway.  I guess the stride will come in time.  Have to focus on rolling to the ball of my foot I guess.  My neighbor, who is a cranio-sacral therapist, let me borrow her rubber cushion to stand on.  It feels like I am walking on the sand, and need to be careful to not roll too far back onto my heels, but I suppose it is designed to help strengthen the tendon as well.  The first day of using it was difficult, but I’ve got the hang of it now.

3 Responses to “I need a grass skirt when I walk”

  1. normofthenorthon 09 Jun 2013 at 1:17 pm

    I’m not seeing the video, cams. But shortening your step “past” your healing foot is a harmless adaptation, and virtually every other adaptation or “silly walk” should be AVOIDED. Keep your stride as normal as possible in every way except length. Asymmetry is fine as long as it’s only long-short asymmetry.

  2. kellygirlon 10 Jun 2013 at 12:37 am

    That’s exciting news! It is hard for me to imagine walking in two shoes without the protection of the boot. I’ve become quite fond of Bledsoe. Good luck with the stride–I’m sure you will get it back in no time at all!

  3. debuffon 14 Jun 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Today was my first day to go completely without a crutch. I started out swaying somewhat. But with slowing down to concentrate rolling from heel to toe with small steps I have managed a fairly even stride. You are so correct about feeling vulnerable.
    I am supposed to go into two shoes at the end of next week. Really nervous that I’m just now walking unaided in the boot.
    Keep on progressing!

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