Almost 12 weeks, 2 shoes, slow going

Wow, long time since I posted. Not sure anyone was waiting anxiously, but …

OK, I’ll try to keep it short.

Went to two shoes “in the house” — meaning, only when I’m at home — about three weeks ago. It was freeing, and the crutches are now long gone.

On Monday, I got clearance for two shoes everywhere, though the doc suggested I try it for a few hours a day when not at home, then gradually increase the “walking.” Considering I’d been on vacation the previous week, and thus had spend a lot of time at home — and in those two shoes — I wasn’t too keen on that idea.

So for the last two days I’ve been hobbling/limping around all day in running shoes. It feels freeing. The only real problem I’ve got going now is not pushing too fast, too hard, too soon.

I’ve been doing PT stuff on my own in the pool for a month now, and I now walk normally in the pool, complete with calf raises incorporated into each stride. This makes the limping on dry land tough to take, but I know it’s a process. I also know the tendon is gradually stretching out, bit by bit, and the calf muscles and other muscles are getting stronger, little by little, and the gait is getting better at the same pace.

I’ve got a significant lump of scar tissue near the top of the tendon that’s going to have to be dealt with. It’s painful as I get to full plantar flexion (only when weightbearing, and only on dry land — OK in the pool). The physical therapist’s ultrasound treatment helped, as have her massages, but I cannot wait for this to break up.

Overdid it some today, but I don’t think there’s going to be much of a setback (we’ll see tomorrow). The swelling is not bad at all. And ice is my good friend.

Otherwise, things are going well. I don’t see the doc until late September, and at that point he thinks he’ll clear me to use the elliptical trainer. It’s hard to see being ready to do that, but then, where was I a month ago?

Still have the goal to return to running on or before Dec. 1.

2 Responses to “Almost 12 weeks, 2 shoes, slow going”

  1. Sounds like you’re doing well.
    You’re not the only person to mention walking and doing calf-raises in the swimming pool. Have yet to get to physio but will definitely ask about that. Makes sense to me to use the water to take the weight whilst stretching and working the tendon.
    Best of luck for continued improvement.

  2. Doing well, Sam, thanks.

    Trying to remain patient. It’s hard.

    Pool workouts are fantastic. I started swimming for cardio/fitness as soon as I went from cast to boot (no kicking, just the breaststroke). And as soon as I was cleared — after some guidance by the physical therapist in their pool — I began doing the same exercises on my own 3x weekly, too.

    It has really helped.

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