Trekking Poles for long walks in 2 shoes?
Yesterday my PT told me I cannot use my Boot EVER again. It’s causing too many forefoot/toe/front of ankle problems, and my AT is doing just fine and I don’t need the boot anymore. I’ve been in 2 shoes about 2.5 weeks now. I’ve only been using my Boot for road walks longer than a mile and trail hikes of 4-5 miles. I live in New England, so most of our Woods trails are rocky, rooty, wet, and the hills are steep but not too huge. The boot helps prevent all the scary foot movement and makes my foot feel “safe” and protected. I miss trail running so badly and the hikes have kept me sane. I have the permission of my Ortho to hike with the boot in the woods all I want “within reason”. But my PT has said that each time I strap that boot on I am setting myself back again with the forefoot stuff. I am supposed to be able to start running next month, but not if I can’t push off through my toes and use my whole ROM.
I’ve been singing a twist on an old Beach Boys song: “She’ll have fun, fun, fun, till her PT takes her cam boot away….”
The PT suggested going back to flat trails (here that means Rail Trail) and using Trekking Poles. I’m thinking this sounds like a reasonable compromise. So, here is my question: have any of you used trekking poles to take some of the pressure off your AT foot? ( in my case the AT feels ok if a little tight, but the front of my foot is stuck and can’t move thru it’s full ROM without nasty pain) If you find the trekking poles useful, do you use 1 pole opposite your AT foot like a cane? Or if both poles, do you prefer to use “opposite arm/opposite leg” like walking/running, or “both poles in front with AT foot/step” like using crutches @ PWB?
Thanks so much for any suggestions! I know this is not the worst problem to have, and I am thankful!