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February 19th, 2010 by marina

Started yesterday heel raises, at last! My therapist did same things at first, stretching did not hurt as much as first times and ROM is almost there, actually when I’m there it’s pretty much same as good foot, but at nights it still gets swollen. Walking is doing okay, I do walk with a limp most of the times because my ankle is killing me.
So, after the rubber band, I stood up, got my hands on the bed and did some heel raises on both feet with around 1/5 of my weight (I’m 56kgs). That hurts on the tendon, but I also feel my calf finally working. So, I’ll do this at home also and ice it soon as I finish.
I’m finally REALLY FEELING a progress, just wish I didn’t had this ankle pain…

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  1. normofthenorth said,

    on February 19th, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    Sounds pretty good, Marina. Try to distinguish between “hurts good” and “bad pain”. I think I’ve already responded here with my story of losing a month of progress to premature (1-legged) heel raises, 8 years ago. Don’t do that!

  2. marina said,

    on February 20th, 2010 at 2:23 am

    Can’t really decide which pain I’m feeling, but I think it’s the good one. Was my first heel raise anyway, using both feet, not much weight on it. Yesterday, after finishing my therapy, he sat near me and asked if I could sit down on my toes (butt not touching the floor) with both feet. Bad foot felt stiff lowering and it was natural to put more weight on the good foot on the way down, but when I sat on my toes it felt pretty comfortable. Also, I could easily stand up from that position on toes again, this time sharing my weight on both feet. Then he asked me to walk on same spot (don’t know how to say this in English, sorry!) but it seems that I cannot control my foot just yet and can’t put first my toes then the rest of my foot down on the floor, it goes down all of it at the same time. So, I’m not ready for 1-legged heel raises yet. He said my ROM is great, maybe still have another 5 degrees to gain, but he is certain that this will be achieved with exercises, starting next week for good! All we need to practice now, is me to get control of my foot, overall, he likes the progress so far.

  3. normofthenorth said,

    on February 21st, 2010 at 1:03 am

    Marina, I don’t think I can picture your “sit down on my toes (butt not touching the floor) with both feet”. Are you starting from a standing position, then lowering your whole body until your butt is on your heels?!? That seems really hard, even with TWO good ATs.

    Or are you starting in a kneeling position, then lowering your whole body until your butt is on your heels?

    Or is it something else?

    Any of those ways, it sounds like progress!

    This morning, I pushed my bathroom scale down 120 pounds-worth or so with the ball of my injured foot, way more than last time I checked, and SO CLOSE to doing a perfect stride without that hint of a limp. Any day now, I think!

  4. marina said,

    on February 21st, 2010 at 1:34 am

    Norm, yes, this is exactly it. Starting from a standing position then lowering the whole body until my butt is on my heels and on toes (not full foot on the ground). Yesterday, I went to watch the team’s practice, I did a lot of close shots only with hands and walked around the court (chasing the ball from missed shots lol) and soon as the tendon got warm, I could easily do this exercise for 3-4 times. I did hurt, but felt like stretching both tendon and calf so actually was kind of a relief I’d say. Can’t stand on my toes while standing though yet.
    Wow I never thought of that, I think I’m buying myself a scale too. I’m far from just having ‘hints’ of limp, even though I walk better since my last visit to the PT. Very nice, wish I was there too. Dreaming of the day I’ll wake up and not feel it stiff.

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