Jul 24 2008


The Wrong Shoes

Posted at 6:06 pm under Blog History

WEEK-04: My Good Leg Goes Bad

On Thursday after my 1st post Op. check on Monday, 2 wks post Op. and 3 weeks post ATR, my good leg takes a dive.

The strain of constantly having to balance on one leg while washing, preparing food, etc. has caught up with me. My good leg and foot are hurting to the extent I cannot walk on the good leg and can just about stand up.

The good foot hurts along the sole on a thin line; the ankle and lower leg hurt when I walk on the leg and lesser pain when I stand. I think this due to the tensing up they do when Im balancing on the leg to do things; hopefully a couple of days rest will put it right. But now Im totally immobile, chained to my bed, luckily my link to the outside world, my laptop, is close by.

I also think my footwear is a factor; I always wear my slipper indoors and although it has a raised sole like a shoe it doesnt offer much support. From now on I will wear a training shoe indoors.

I am bored, bored, bored.

I have also decided I wont be playing soccer again; I will be at least 43 when Im fully recovered and I never want an ATR again! I may take up coaching a youth team or just have a kick-about with friends at the park. BUt no more twisting and turning for me. I will stick with the gym, jogging, cycling and skipping (when done properly is very low impact, your foot is only an inch off the ground). Or thats how I feel today anyway.

Im hitting the books. I read with interest Kelly Holmes AT episode and recovery. Kelly won 800m & 1500m Olympic golds in 2004 aged 34, but she had many injuries including a torn AT in about July 1997. It wasnt a full blown rupture and was treated in a cast with no surgery. But by end of the year there was no running. The scar later thickened and required surgery to remove some of it. By May the following year she was still not able to run properly (foot locked) and went to see a physio in Limerick, Ireland. After 6 weeks he had her running and she competed in the Commonwealth Games in September (she won a 1500m silver medal), just over 1 year after the AT tear. Part of the physio included massaging her calf with his elbows, which was very painful but paid off in the end.

On a completely different note, I am also fascinated by history and ordered 2 books on the Blitz of my home city Liverpool during WWII. Liverpool was a major port for Atlantic ships and was the most bombed city after London, when Hitler tried to shutdown the ports keeping Britain alive. The worst bombing was in the first week of May 1941, each night 1st - 7th May. The devastation is vast, something like 1,700 killed, 1,100 injured and aout 90,000 people made homeless. My Mother joined the army at 17 as a gun aimer on anti-aircraft guns. How people took such routine devastation for so long is unbelievable and it puts my woes into perspective.

I also have done a little research about my mothers youngest brother who was killed when his merchant boat was torpedoed in 1940. His ship “The Kyleglen” was sunk on December 14th 1940 by U-100 commanded by Joachim Schepke who, although killed when U-100 was sunk on 17th March 1941 (by the first surface ramming using radar guidance), he was the 11th highest U-Boat commander of the war.

When you have a computer and time on your hands its fascinating what you can find out.

On a more uplifting note I am expecting 3 short books including “Treat Yourself To Life” which basically cover concepts for imrpoving your mental awareness and attitude to living.

The NFL isnt renowned for philosophy but I heard something profund one day on a rare TV broadcast in UK. The commentator talking about a player said “In life, its 10% what happens and 90% how you react to it”. How true that is.

5 responses so far

5 Responses to “The Wrong Shoes”

  1. gonzo9on 24 Jul 2008 at 6:18 pm 1

    Hi Jack, I feel your pain about futbol I also have decided to retire from the game. Please take good care of yourself and try not not wear flip-flops or flat shoes these will cause more stress on your good foot, best thing to do is to rest as much as you can. Take good care of yourself. Alex Gonzalez ( gonzo9 )

  2. damacaron 24 Jul 2008 at 7:19 pm 2

    I experienced the pain in the good foot also. I just kept my favorite pair of running shoes (very cushioned, supportive and high arch) next to the couch so I could put it on when I was going to be up for any amount of time. Made a huge difference. Keep track of your shoes! I had a hell of a time finding all of my right ones when it was time! BTW, i’m still trying to match up socks.

  3. sheilaon 24 Jul 2008 at 8:20 pm 3

    Hi Jack - interesting reading!

    I agree with wearing good shoes all the time. I was very concerned with rupturing my good tendon in the days immediately after my surgery due to the stress of support my full body weight and it was already a little sore. I put a small foam lift in my tennis show and wore it all the time indoors or out. Most of the time I put it on anytime I am walking, but if i have a short wlak in the house - living room to bath or bedroom, I may leave it off. But the boot is ALWAYS on for moving. No messing with that one! :)

    p.s. I was afraid to read when I saw the heading “The Wrong Shoes” :)

  4. screwdriveron 24 Jul 2008 at 9:07 pm 4

    jack ,

    dont worry about the soccer thing . what i wanna say is just get better right now and give it about 1 1/2 years . then if you feel the itch - train for 6 months and see if you are capable / if you can get your flexibility and agility back.

    as for the good leg getting sore - the only way to remedy - is to rest if for a while and after it is back in shape - try not to overdo it .

    get around and borrow a chair with wheels like a computer chair , it worked for me coz i dont have carpet in my home and it is accessible.

  5. johnkon 25 Jul 2008 at 7:54 am 5

    Hi Jack,

    I was 45 at the time of my ATR, football also, and hope to return to playing before I turn 46.
    I am currently week 21 of recovery, 11 out of plaster, and have only just started to use the treadmill at PT for fast walking. I have tried to run very slowly at home and can currenlty manage 200/300 yards before I give up, hopefully in the PT gym I will manage a good 5 minutes next week.
    My cycling has been the main stay of my recupperation programme and I am now doing an average 12mph on my cycle into work and home 3 times a week.
    Stick at it Jack and don’t become too downhearted !

    Johnk :)