Summer of No Fun

November 11, 2008

Two steps forward, one step back (literally)

Filed under: PT, Week Sixteen — hilary13 @ 4:04 pm and

Today at PT I had excruciating pain and “hardness” around my ankle when trying to do heel raises on the shuttle machine and from standing. The seated lifts were not as bad. May have some irritation of the tendon that runs up behind the ankle on the outside of the leg (haven’t looked it up yet).

I have been walking well around the house and short distances without the crutches for the last week, swam last friday and wore shoes (dansko clogs) besides sneakers over the weekend. Have been teaching piano at home again, and only icing in the evenings. All this combined to be too much too soon after 14 weeks of NWB, and I am now back on crutches, and cutting my schedule in half.

Cried (but only for a second, I swear to god I am done with that), and then did some stretches and more seated heel raises. My flexibility remains good, thank heavens I haven’t lost any of that…it was hard won!

My fantastic PT is optimistic that with some rest and careful exercise, I may feel back to where I was a few days ago (when I felt fantastic and very positive) next week. So forward and back, I am still thrilled to be doing what I can, and will continue to press forward to add new activities…but listening to my body, and learning the difference between the good, the bad and the ugly pain.


  1. Hilary, I am glad to hear another local lady is progressing! I still would like to meet you or have you on a Muir Woods tour when you can walk well enough. We can compare our tales of woe. On my bustours lately, I notice everyone who’s limping in any way, and I hear all kinds of stories - a doctor who fell down an embarkment in ice and snow, broke many bones in the foot and leg, and almost lost her leg - the surgeons were able to save it, and she walked still with a bad limp, but very happy to walk at all. What these ortho docs must hear and see all day long! We are the less difficult cases!


    Comment by Sanfrantourguide — November 13, 2008 @ 2:28 pm

  2. Hi Hilary. I believe we met at in the cast room at the hospital a couple of months ago and you were showing me your knee walker. I am now out of my cast stage and full weight bearing. I’ve also had my first PT appointment and now doing flexibility exercises. I hope you are the person that I met and I hope you remember me! Sounds like your recovery is going ok. Other than some mild swelling and numbness in my ankle, I am having some incision site tenderness. I think everything else is going well. My dr. did not place me in a boot after my last cast. He said my flexion was far beyond what he usually sees and was pleased. Now, just trying to figure out what I can do to get back to normal activities which I suspect will take a long time.

    Comment by ninadru — November 30, 2008 @ 7:00 pm

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