Dec 22

So I have been out the boot for a week and a friend recommended a physio that specialises in sports injuries and had worked with premiership footballers. He worked for Derby County (now not in the premiership) so I was eager to see him, I want to get back to football.

The week out of the boot has been nice, great being able to shower and sleep with some normality again. Yesterday I walked around town with one crutch, has been pretty swollen since but have continued excercises and elevation. Just waiting on the NHS physio referral so went to this specialist.

He gave me a lot of advice. For example, to not use one crutch - use two if you need to use them, better posture/excercises, ice massages, the first targets etc. I need to work on stretching the foot back and get that range of movement back before we can start on strength. He said that it is based on my dedication to the excercises and usually takes around 4 weeks.  The physio also noticed that due to the manner in which I had been walking, one leg appeared slightly longer than the other, so he reset my back which seemed to do the trick!

I have been walking around without crutches with a big limp but have used crutches outdoors in the current icey conditions hitting the UK! So it has been swollen, I need to ice more, vital apparently.

Im more optimistic after the session, hes treated many professional players with the injury (he named some names, last player was Giles Barnes if anyone know their football…) and although professionals have to have surgery, that non professinal athletes having the conservative method breeds strong results but just requires more management than the surgical route.

My new big fat chunky air max nikes arrive in the post tomorrow, my foot craves more comfy trainers!

3 comments so far

  1. 1 doug53
    3:31 pm - 12-22-2009

    “…need to work on stretching the foot back and get that range of movement back before we can start on strength.” Did he say why he thinks that is necessary? I was working on calf strength long before I had full ROM, and I think that is a major reason why I had such a fast recovery.

    Best wishes,


  2. 2 chana7
    3:39 pm - 12-22-2009

    Im not sure, he mentioned that some natural strength would return but he was very adament that my first target should be to get the ROM back to match the other foot. Prevent the limp, ensure the achilles heals in the right shape I think….

  3. 3 2ndtimer
    9:40 pm - 12-22-2009

    Sounds great! But do not over do it, though it is tempting to walk a lot finally, you need to take a break often. Do not let it swell up and get inflamed.

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