As I’ve walked in two shoes with limited DF, my AT has become more swollen from the yank on the push off. Now I can see a large "sticking point" that wasn’t there before, and it seems to be where the AT "sticks" on stretching. Does anyone have experience with this?
It also looks pinched from the side - the good leg doesn’t have this catch in the AT:
I’m gaining strength quickly in the calf as I just began working it this week with seated calf raises and therabands. Unfortunately, the leg is completely atrophied, so it will be a long haul. I experience the same "hitch" in the calf raise that I’ve heard about from other posters. I also have a harder time with standing leg lifts on the good leg since my injured leg’s outer muscle isn’t as strong in supporting the lift. It looks ok from the front - but the skin is taut around my ankle bones from swelling near the heel and I need an extra half size shoe:
The right leg looks really bad from the back - no calf muscle at all. Here’s a pic of my DF - it’s pitiful - and this is with the heel in my shoe:
My DF is really bad since I stopped wearing the boot. The boot kept my foot in a constant flex - I thought I was imagining it - but I actually went backwards in DF this morning after sleeping fairly PF’d last night. I’m considering wearing the boot to bed…ugh. I’m having a hard time getting flat today. :( I put my foot in the boot for about 30 min this am and cranked it down to +10 - now I’m in pain. Of course, it’s PT day, so I win "idiot of the week" award since this will make the PT’s "massage" particularly painful now. What is it with Mondays and motivation to "get this injury done??" sigh.
The doc said I’d have good days and bad days. I think I’m creating my own bad days with lack of patience. The good news is that I’m getting MUCH stronger on the stationary bike - almost ready for my road bike again if I could just lose the fear of hopping off at the end…I also feel more comfortable "pushing off" in my stride - but still have to do it on purpose since the "habit" is a limp now. I’ll let you know what the PT says about the adhesion…it doesn’t seem like anyone really knows anything about this stuff - but the hole and sticking point at the back of my AT (looks worse in person) gives me the creeps. I want it gone. Blessings, Kim
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