PT Week 1

June 7th, 2013

My Physical Therapy began this past Monday..

We went over my injury, how it happened, the surgery, etc.  He also took off the tape that was placed over my wound/scar, what are we supposed to call it anyways?  It looks really really good and he echoed that belief.  He was very impressed.  I haven’t measured it, but it’s approx 3 1/2 - 4 inches long.  Naturally since it tore from my calf rather than my heal area, it’s likely higher than most of yours.

We did an overview of my foot, ankle, leg in terms of bruising and swelling.  I have a few large bruises on the bottom of my foot towards my toes, no pain from them though.  My ankle obviously is swollen, as is my foot.

We went over the ROM (Range of Motion) exercises I would start out with and be doing at home.  There wasn’t any real pain I would say.  Most of the therapy was done manually by him moving my foot for me, since at this point I had little ability to move it on my own.  Basically pushed and pulled, no further than ‘neutral’.  It felt good to be honest, I was pleasantly surprised this type of movement wouldn’t result in pain, living in fear so much inside a soft cast, then cast, then boot for  a week before PT, I figured I would feel at least some pain from this..

Anyways, nothing too crazy, we went over some of the protocol and the ‘this is NOT no pain no gain’.

Before leaving, I set up appointments for the next 2 months (twice per week).  I will be seeing 2 different Therapists.

On to Thursday..

Thursday was pretty nice, goal of the day for the most part was to work on the swelling.  I basically got a foot massage for 30 minutes.  She also worked on the scar area some.  Again, no pain in any of the areas due to pressure.  We did a few upper leg sets before I left, then iced for 10 minutes.  Off I went after that.

I definitely feel some soreness from the massage yesterday.  It was a bit more sore last night, it’s already going away this morning.

The therapy at home is probably much like everyone elses.  Forward and back, side to side, clinch the toes like a fist.  Then some upper leg ’squeezes’ I guess I’ll say.

I can already move my foot MUCH MUCH more than I could a few days ago which is exciting.  I can move my foot by myself now front to back, side to side.  It does twitch though some as I’m doing it, so I keep a hand with it as I go out of fear I would twitch and hurt something.  The toe clinches are a bit concerning but probably where they should be.. my little toe and next one over have pretty much zero movement.  Hopefully that changes soon!

Hope everyone else is doing well!  Overall a pretty exciting week for me.

5 Responses to “PT Week 1”

  1. kellygirl on June 7, 2013 11:06 am

    So are you FWB in the boot now? Did they say when you move to two shoes? PT sounds like another great milestone. I can’t wait to get the go ahead to start mine. Congrats!

  2. hattrick30 on June 7, 2013 11:36 am

    @kellygirl, I’m still NWB, I will start PWB after 2 weeks of Physical Therapy according to the timeline I’ve been given. Based on memory, I think 2 shoes is another 6 weeks?

    Thank you! PT has been great. Before PT began it was as if my foot was worthless and trapped in a cast. Now, it feels as though my foot works fine (it doesn’t) and it trapped in a cast. Sounds odd.. but it’s better mentally for me.

    Also knowing it can move a decent bit without any pain is great to know, that was a concern for me (just having to be extremely cautious). I don’t feel I have to be ‘as’ cautious as I had feared.

  3. cole on June 7, 2013 11:44 am

    Thank you for the progress update and I am glad it is going well for you. It certainly helps and even gives me some optimism. I am 3 weeks 2 days post op and look forward to getting the cast off in another week and 3 days (yes I am counting down) and start PT. I hope to read more on how your PT moves foward. Best of luck….

  4. kellygirl on June 7, 2013 1:06 pm

    Ya, IKWYM about the mental part of ROM. I was worried that it was going to hurt too. Mind over matter, I suppose. They say that is a big part of recovery. It’s hard not to feel that way when it looks like your dangling foot could just fall off the end of your leg though–lol. Such a pathetic sight! Okay, two more weeks will go fast–good luck!

  5. Hattrick30 on June 24, 2013 9:24 am

    So new post on an outdated blog post.

    I’ve been told to begin PWB, but beginning… what is the goal for being FWB (timeframe)? Should I begin walking outside PWB in order to get used to PWB at distances, will this help speed up the FWB process?


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