“Walking is not your friend..”

" at this point" said the physio today. My frustrating robo-cop, stilted, sort of limpy walk is caused, she says, by my hip not my achilles. Because of the strain on the good leg and the use of the ‘boot’ which does not allow for a ’stride’ behind centre, the brain has trained that side to limp so now, I’m not to go for long walks but am to walk very slowly or go sideways, or backwards or with a very high knees up walk (evidently I don’t limp when doing these and am ‘retraining’ my brain). I have very strict instructions on exercises to improve the glutes and my inner core. On the up side, I can get back on my bike (starting with very limited times and increasing slowly),can hit the pool and swim and I mean really swim! So, while I’ve taken a few steps back with my walking, I’m looking forward to getting some good cardio going and maybe, just maybe losing a few of the unwanted pounds I seem to have acquired. Oh please,please…….

6 Responses to ““Walking is not your friend..””

  1. A number of people here have developed various gimp-walk adaptations that either hurt them physically, or had to be laboriously un-learned afterwards. So taking long walks with a “silly walk” can do harm, in either of those ways.
    I once sang in a choir where the conductor was constantly lamenting that it was easier for us to remember a WRONG note we’d sung, than the RIGHT note! Stride styles may be like that, too. . .

  2. I noticed the same thing, Loumar. When I slow walk, I hardly limp at all. It also sounds like the soldier walk is what my Doctor said to practice to kick the limp. I really have to think about not letting my hip drop–especially when barefoot. It doesn’t seem to do that in trainers. I guess if you aren’t walking too much you can at least get some cycling and swimming in! I’m sure those few unwanted lbs will disappear quickly! Good luck!

  3. I definitely have a limp too! I’m still in my aircast boot with no crutches but I definitely can’t walk without my leg turning out sideways and limping. Without the boot, my leg is still not at the point where it can bend and walk properly. My good leg definitely is taking a toll from all the overcompensating, as is my hip…

    I’m getting into two shoes soon so I’m eager to see how my walk looks like!
    Good luck!

  4. Cane!

    A cane has worked wonders for me to keep my walk proper. It also still permits me to pretty much FWB in the right wsys.

    I initially used it because my bad knee and my less bad knee started acting up. It offers just a slight modification to my step and balance which makes a huge difference.

  5. Skim92, walking with your foot splayed out to the side is sensible for the day between an ATR and getting into a boot, but it is TOXIC during treatment/rehab/recovery. Don’t Do It! Your boot should be snug enough and supportive enough to let you roll forward almost onto your toes, knee forward, with your weight transferred (through the boot) to your shin, via the top front of the boot cuff. Ryanb has a video. You should be able to walk as fast and as normally as before.
    Alas, when you lose the boot, you’ll have to slow way down.
    Also, make sure your “good” shoe is as high off the floor as the injured one. That should add NO unusual strain to your “good” foot and leg.

  6. Thanks for all the responses! It definitely is encouraging to hear that others have had the same problem and to receive little advice ‘tidbits’.
    Skim92, I think Norm has a very important point re: being sure your other foot is the same height. I think that my not following that advice may have led to my gimpy walk particularly as I loved the boot because I could steam roll along and I did use it even after I was in two shoes when I needed to go distances quickly or if I was in a ‘dangerous’ situation.

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