Filed Under (Uncategorized) by highflyer on 24-01-2010

Hi everybody, hope you are all healing well and keeping positive. It has been a month and a half since the last time I posted and progress has been slow but steady, with dorsiflexion up to 10.5 cm on the bad leg (up from 5cm at the end of November) but still someway to go before matching the good leg at 15cm. Double heel raises are now more comfortable but the single heel raise is still elusive…perhaps it will happen soon.
Walking is improving and I managed to keep up with my wife and friends on a trip to London yesterday, although the ankle did stiffen up everytime she wanted to go to the shops!
If you get the chance go and see the Cabinet War Rooms (the underground complex from where Churchill directed the war when London was being blitzed). Its a great attraction and gives a real insight to those dark times. The picture is of the Great Mans War Cabinet meeting room in the bunker.War Cabinet meeting room with Churchill's chair far centre


mari on 24 January, 2010 at 8:30 pm #

The ankle froze when your wife wanted to go into stores?
Should tell my husband that, he hates shopping.

2ndtimer on 24 January, 2010 at 10:56 pm #

Good to hear you are doing well.
I like this way of measurement for flexibility, maybe Gerryr agrees, it makes more sense than degrees and percentages. How do you measure the 10 cm from the floor to the toe?

GerryR on 25 January, 2010 at 2:42 am #

Yes, I like that method of measuring flexibility.

normofthenorth on 25 January, 2010 at 5:43 am #

It’s a good method. And the key measurement is usually the DIFFERENCE between the “good” and “bad” side, rather than anything absolute. I think eyeballed measures are usually plenty, though one could always leave a ruler on the floor nearby — or even use an assistant! (We have hardwood floors, and all the floorboards are the same width — give me a few weeks and I’m SURE I’ll know what that width is, for this very reason! :o)

normofthenorth on 25 January, 2010 at 5:45 am #

BTW, DO NOT rush the single-leg heel raises! I.e., I’d say do not do them AT ALL until it feels like you could do around 8 of them. This is based on my (literally) painful experience from my first ATR, 8 yrs ago (as outlined on my blog — somewhere!).

Highflyer on 25 January, 2010 at 2:13 pm #

Hi Guys, thanks for all the support and advice. To answer your question 2ndtimer, I place a ruler on the floor next to the foot being measured. The distance is how far away from the wall you can get with the tips of the toes whilst still being able to touch the wall with your kneecap.

sam66 on 27 January, 2010 at 4:09 pm #

Sounds like you’re doing great. And well done with the dorsiflexion. I tried your method of measuring and am nowhere near your 15cm even on my uninjured side. Wonder if it depends on how long your legs are?! Both sides are almost the same now though by this measurement, so guess that’s something. All the best,

2ndtimer on 27 January, 2010 at 5:22 pm #

Thanks for the clarification. I guess it does matter how long your legs are. My flexibility is far from the good side; there is a 7cm difference :-(

normofthenorth on 28 January, 2010 at 1:56 am #

Sure, all other things equal, if my lower leg (knee to ankle) is 50% longer than yours, and our ankles both dorsiflex at the same angle, my heel will be twice as far from the wall. Simple geometry there.
And if you’re measuring from the wall to your toes (assuming the same foot length), that “twice as far” could be several times as far.
Here’s a f’rinstance: Say I’ve got 2.5′ lower-leg length, and yours are only 1.5′ long. At some reasonable angle (30 degrees flexion, I think), we could both make a 3-4-5 right triangle with knees against the wall. Wall to heel would be 1.5′ for me and 0.9′ for you.
But if our feet are 0.9′ long, then you can just touch your knee to the wall with ZERO distance from wall to TOE, while I’ve got 0.6′ of space there. You might think that you have no flexion at all, but you’re actually flexing 30 degrees to get your knees over your toes.
Obviously, foot length also effects the absolute wall-to-toe measurement, all else equal.
Again, your “good” foot should be a good guide to “all else equal” — except for a torn and healing Achilles, of course! — so the comparison between your two feet is your best guide of what you’ve got.

normofthenorth on 28 January, 2010 at 2:58 am #

Oops! I changed my first example in mid-example, and messed it up!

“. . .my heel will be twice as far from the wall. Simple geometry there.” should really read “my heel will be ONE AND A HALF TIMES as far from the wall.”

NOW it’s simple geometry! (The rest of the comment is right, I think!)

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