May 08 2012
Today is 7 weeks since I had surgery and I had a follow up appt with my Dr. He gave me a stretchy band to use to work out my foot and two wedges to put in my shoes. He said to walk in the shoe, with the wedges, for one hour today. Then go back in the boot. If it feels ok then I am to spend 2 hours in the shoe tomorrow and then go back to the boot. I am supposed to increase the time spent in my shoes by one hour each day, unless it starts to hurt. If it hurts I’m supposed to repeat the previous days hours spent in a shoe. Once I am able to walk in the shoes full time for a week I am to take out one wedge and walk with the remaining wedge for 2 weeks before I can walk in just shoes. He says this entire process will take around 2 months. He is not going to send me to physical therapy, he just wants me to increase resistance on my foot using the band he gave me. He also says he does not need to see me again. Really? This is all the instruction I am to be given? I am frustrated, confused, and feel abandoned. For the first time since this happened I can not find a happy place. I have been all over this blog in the last 2 months and I read about people going to physical therapy, working towards 1 legged heel raises, etc. I have been given a band and wedges and been dismissed. The Dr. had me push on his hand with the ball of my foot and said I had some good strength (that’s good) and he doesn’t think I need physical therapy (I don’t know if I agree with that). Thank goodness for this blog or I would be completely lost. I will be searching this site for exercises that others have done to strengthen their calf. Any exercise tips would be much appreciated.
I have also read about people needing deep tissue massages to break up scar tissue. I have one bump that I asked him about. He felt it and said it was pretty small (again, good) and I should be able to massage it out myself (ok…..). Guess I’ll be researching that as well!