Went to physio on Tuesday in a bit of a subdued frame of mind, felt that i had stalled out a bit and was getting frustrated. My PT suggested that we ramp things up a bit as my last wedge was due to come out and I was probably not feeling the love for my boot any more.
So, I did some bare foot walking on the bars in the physio gym, it felt great, the muscles in my foot working again and feeling some movement and circulation, difficult to descride but certainly good. I got a bit carried away and wandered up and down about 20 times.
Then, into two shoes and onto the recumbant bike where I found out just how much strength you lose in your calf by not using it much. I asked my PT to turn the resistance down, but it was already as low as it could go, so I did 4 minutes and burned 6 calories before stopping. As someone who usually cycles 50 to 60 miles a week I found this alarming.
Finally, I practiced walking smoothly in my shoes for a bit until I got a real bad cramp at the base of my calf muscle, so bad my PT had to massage it out, and I went back into my Aircast (no wedges) to go home.
The next day I awoke expecting the usual sort of day but my leg and foot felt amazing, good flexibility and ROM, no tightness in my achilles, just some swelling across the top of my foot. So, when I got to work I decided to 2 shoe it in the office for the day, brilliant, feels like a huge step forward.
I saw a post a few days ago about shoes, I have a 6 year old pair of Berghaus Trek Walking boots that I have been using, just the left one for the last 8 weeks but now I am in both during the day at work, they give great comfort and support to my ankle. So, courtesy of Amazon UK I managed to pick up a new pair on offer for wearing indoors at home for the next few months. They make me feel safe, supported and unlikely to go over on my weakened ankle, they work for me so just thought I would share that.
Anyway, hope everyone is groovy and looking forward to the weekend, here in the UK we ar suffering the raniest ‘drought’ I have ever known.
4 comments April 27th, 2012