Third PT appointment and I was allowed to get on the recumbent bike for ten minutes…without my boot. Man, it felt good. I have probably 50% more ROM already then when I started last week. The scar is just about healed and looks good. I should be able to get it wet (a real shower!) by this weekend. Here’s a picture of it:
There is still some swelling in the foot and the bruise is slow to disappear but the AT seems strong. I am now doing out of boot exercises at home including toe curls with a towel to keep the muscles in the foot working. Not to rub it in to anyone stuck in a cast but the best part of this protocol is taking the boot off at night. I still wrap the ankle in an Ace bandage for protection.
I mentioned in my last post that I was taking SuperCissus RX which is a joint supplement. I can’t say that it has drastically improved anything but the soreness in my good heel/AT is pretty much gone. Of course, that could simply be my body adjusting to the extra stress that I had been putting on it. Also, I am PWB so that lessens the weight on the good side as well. I plan to continue taking the supplement through at least Week 12. Wish I could recommend it one way or the other.
Now that I have tasted the pedals of a bike again, I am going to buy one. I know we have a lot of cyclists here and was wondering if anyone had suggestions for a bike. I was looking at the comfort/hybrid/urban bikes. My old routine was to walk two to four miles a day to run errands. I still want to do that but a bike will be easier. Main use will be roads and the beach bike paths on occasion. Plus, until I am road worthy, I will probably get an indoor trainer for home exercise. Any tips or thoughts would be appreciated.
Keep up the good work, y’all. You will be back on two feet before you know it. I promise.
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