2 Shoes + Physio

April 27, 2012

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.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. normofthenorth  |  April 27th, 2012 at 17:23

    Sounds great, JC — don’t stop! :-)

  • 2. pablomoses  |  April 28th, 2012 at 15:03

    Nice… good to be in the shoes, right? Just got back from a week of rafting (at 16 weeks)- walked on raft and rocks and carried gear, etc. Overall pretty achilles and ankle felt good & I wasn’t feeling too freaked out about it all. Still tired calf & foot at the end of the day… Good luck & watch those steps when you are taking the shoes for a walk!

  • 3. jimminyc  |  April 29th, 2012 at 08:05

    Pablomoses, great to read about your rafting at week 16, this gives me a good feeling about my trip to the LeMans classic at week 19, which should be a little less extreme than rafting but will involve a fair bit of walking.

  • 4. Janus  |  May 1st, 2012 at 01:14

    Sounds like progress to me, bike results notwithstanding. The strength will come back. More important right now to get the various parts talking to each other again, working together as they should. & from what you’ve said, that seems exactly what’s been happening. All good.

    Wishing you the best.

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