Why is the GOOD leg hurting??

PT continues to progress well.  I am now doing one minute running intervals alternating with one minute brisk walking.  By the end of the week, I should be at 2 minutes running/one minute walking at 4 intervals (12 minutes total on the treadmill).  I continue to increase the weights on the one-leggged leg press and the leg curls.  Still doing the agility and jumping stuff.  I had the most delicious thing this morning - its called an ice cup massage.  You can do this at home.  Take a dixie cup, freeze a cup of water, tear off the bottom of the cup and massage your calf and achilles with the ice.  It felt amazing.

After I ran/walked over the weekend, my GOOD achilles and ankle were a bit sore.  When I told my PT, he just smiled and said, “I was waiting for that to happen.”  Apparently it is quite common - we focus so much on the bad leg and prepare it for impact that we neglect the good one.  It wasn’t too bad, and it is feeling better.

I had PT last night at 5 PM and again this morning at 7 AM.  I was worried about the 12 hour “turnaround” but after stretching last night, it actually felt fine.  I am finding that I am actually getting a pretty good cardio workout as well as working the AT, calf and leg - that is a great feeling.  Now the trick is continuing this level of activity on my own at the gym.  I think I can - I hope I can.

I highly recommend the ice cup massages!


One Response to “Why is the GOOD leg hurting??”

  1. Ed:

    Congrats on your progress!!!

    Overcompensation for the ATR is definitely an issue; my left hip hurts as a result of it. Another issue could be the shoes with which you walk/run. Are you running with new shoes? Did you go to a bonafide running shoe store? Did they evaluate you gait for over or under pronation?

    One of the reasons I believe I ruptured my AT was because I developed tendonitis from excessive hill running, using the same pair of shoes too long, and using the wrong type of shoes for my gait. After suffering with tendonitis for about four years, the AT could take no more and it snapped (I believe).

    Once I started running about two months ago, I noticed the same pains in heel areas of both legs/feet. I immediately went to Phadippides (here in Atlanta), a local athletic shoe store specializing in running shoes. They observed my gait and immediately told me the running shoes I was using were the absolute wrong shoes for my gait. My method for buying running shoes used to be to purchase the most expensive neutral shoes I could find. How could I go wrong? I WAS WRONG! The manager of the store recommended Brooks” Dyad running shoes and my pain is now history. I have absolutely no pain during and after my runs (I usually run about 20 miles per week for now). The correct pair running shoes was the best investment I have made in long time (except for moving half of my 401k to the investment grade fixed income bond fund about a year ago).

    There is another device I purchased from the running store that applies pressure to the AT while running. It seems to help out famously. I’ll let you know more about it tomorrow.

    By the way, I am running my first 10k post op - the CVS Strong Legs Race starting at Turner Field. I am very excited.

    Good luck and Godspeed on your recovery!

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