A very weird difference in the healing between right and left feet

I’m still working to get back to the strength level I had before Christmas. A visit with my doc where he had me do an unassisted heel raise when the foot was NOT ready for it set me back quite a bit. I had done a couple of those in PT about a week earlier - but clearly the stars were not aligned properly when my doc wanted me to do them.

One thing I finally figured out, which is quite different from my right foot recovery, is that I don’t feel the pain while doing heel raises until I take all the weight off the foot. Pretty strange! For my right foot I would feel the pain that told me to stop, as I was doing them, so it was easy to judge when to stop in order to avoid overdoing it. It actually took me a little while to figure this out with my left foot which was one of the reasons I kept over doing things. I would happily do heel lefts all in a row and not feel any pain until I stopped and took the weight off the foot. At that point the pain could be quite intense, but the damage was done.

Weird! So now I do a few heel raises, then shift all my weight to the right foot and wiggle my left foot around to see how it feels. If it still feels OK I do a few more. I emailed my PT to see if he could explain why this is happening. Now that I finally know how NOT to overdue my exercises, I hope I’ll actually make some progress in gaining strength.

Only time will tell!

But one bit of progress I do finally see (and I’m at the 5.5 month mark now … sigh …) is that my foot doesn’t swell when I’m on my feet most of the day.

With the differences I see between how my right and left feet heal I’m not at all surprised out how differently each of us heals as we go through this process.

One Response to “A very weird difference in the healing between right and left feet”

  1. I emailed my doc about the lack of pain until I take all weight off the foot and he thought the bursa might be inflamed. So I’ll take some anti-inflammatory meds for a while to see if that helps. I did notice today, as I did some weeding, that ANY concentrated pressure on my left foot leads to the same pain when I take all the pressure off. But, as I was weeding longer the foot seemed to get used to it and wasn’t giving me quite as much pain as I shifted my weight. Weird! Well hopefully time will make things more normal.

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