8 Weeks-Pop Goes the Scar Tissue

I’m so ready to ditch the boot…I cannot wait until Dec 28…

My flight to Phoenix for Thanksgiving went really well. I had asked Southwest for special boarding, so I was wheeled through airports and got the good roomy seat in the first row of the plane. I had taken a hydrocodone on the way there, but I didn’t need it. Only popped a Tylenol on the way back. Thanksgiving was nice as I was able to give my tendon some needed rest since I didn’t have to drive for five days, or even really leave my aunt’s couch. It was finally able to recover from the traffic fiasco from the week before.

My tendon has felt stronger since then (I know it’s still weak, but it’s stronger than when I started taking steps a few weeks ago). I bought a pair of Crocs and I’ve pretty much use them all the time around the house. I typically leave the boot in the car. Walking is still a bit flat-footed and is gimpy, but I can roll heel to toe when I concentrate. I still have one more lift in the boot that I’m supposed to take out next week, but I will probably go ahead and take it out later this week since I’m walking (mostly) fine at home in shoes. I’m also about ready to retire the shower chair, as I only use it for convenience when I wash my hair instead of out of need.

I’ve always hated Crocs. Mind you, I had never tried them on. I merely dismissed them because I thought they looked hideous. I never knew what I was missing! It’s a whole new world!

A couple of days ago, I mistakenly went one foot at a time down the stairs in my Crocs. Felt a small pop in my tendon near the bottom by my heel. Was worried for a second, but everything felt okay. No indications of a rerupture and it wasn’t that loud or intense of a pop. Now, I have a better range of motion than before and some of the pain from swelling has dissipated. So, I’m sure I popped some scar tissue. I’m not supposed to go to PT until I’m officially out of the boot, but I’ve been massaging with a lacrosse ball to try to break some of it up. It’s been working. I’m not having the same level of swelling as before and the pain that was keeping me awake at night seems to have gone away. The pain on the top of my foot is gone and the numbness only remains around my outside ankle bone.

I’m finally able to sleep again. It feels so good!

I’m not doing a lot of exercises, just ROM and some balancing on the injured foot. That scar tissue pop really improved my dorsiflexion, as it’s now a bit past neutral without any extra passive pulling. I use a theraband occasionally to work on plantar flexion, but I’m mostly waiting on PT to start. My foot gets quite a bit of work from just driving…so much so that I’m now fully driving with the right foot and no longer braking with the left. I’ll also press the ball of my foot against the other foot and do some seated calf raises.

I am back at Crossfit, sort of. The owner worked up some individual programming so I can work on my upper body and core until I’m cleared to work on my legs. I was reluctant to go back sooner because I simply couldn’t sleep, so every day was unbelievably exhausting. But I’m feeling pretty good now. Also, keep in mind, I am NOT a Crossfitter. I’m a middle-aged woman who does Crossfit. Scaled like a boss over here. Three years and still working on that first pull-up. But his programming is designed for the specific purpose of finally hitting that goal.

So every week is a little bit better. I’m still tempted to ditch the boot early. I probably will in a couple of weeks if I’m feeling froggy:)

4 Responses to “8 Weeks-Pop Goes the Scar Tissue”

  1. Glad to hear you’re feeling progress in your foot! I can relate to not being a crossfitter, but being someone who does crossfit - LOL! That’s how I feel about most exercise and my soccer playing :) I’m anxiously awaiting when mine is strong enough to do a heel lift without arm assistance :) I’m not there still, but I do test it every now and then. Too funny that you dismissed crocs due to their looks. I started wearing them when my bone spur started bugging me 12+ years ago. And they’re very convenient to slide on after a soccer game.

  2. I can’t believe how comfortable the Crocs are! People kept telling me over the years, but I just didn’t listen.

  3. I agree! Crocs are awesome! I always thought they were ugly as well but for ATRers they are perfect!

  4. LOL! My hubby says they are fugly :)

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