Getting Ready for the Playoffs, . . .

Ok, sportsfans, here’s the latest:

I’m 6 weeks post surgery.  Saw the doc on 10-29 and all is good - I’m healing well, ahead of the curve, etc.  The doc says I’m possibly going to break his patients’ record of quickest recovery.  He showed me a picture of a tri-athlete, doing an Ironman event at 9 months.  I’m not a tri-athlete nor do I aspire to be one.  However, it is nice motivation.

The one thing the doc reminded me of was my promise to be a good patient for 3 months post surgery.  Yes, I remember the promise I made.  Do you sense I’m a bit frustrated?  Yep, I am — it is a slow process and one’s patience is critical.  But here’s the thought that keeps me on the straight and narrow path — I do NOT want to go through this again.  I do NOT want to re-rupture my Achilles.

So I constantly remind myself of the promises I made, of the statements I’ve posted here on the blog, and try and stay humble.  My complaints are minimal — wearing the boot causes my good side to get out of wack - hip and back, so I’m constantly stretching, etc.

This is not everyday — just some days.  Even if I wear a cowboy boot on the good foot, I’m still a bit "short" in terms of total balance of both sides.  Yes, I’m aware of lifts.  The best therapy for me is walking bare foot.  I don’t use the crutches anymore.  I do take one with me in public since it sends a message not to aggressively approach me (you know those people - - the ones who slap you on the back from the rear and say "where the heck have you been?").

I’m walking more and more without the boot, and I’ve still got a limp, although not too bad.  When I’m massaged and stretched out, at Physical Therapy, I can walk w/o a limp and have begun some exercises on the balls of my feet (i.e., not total calf raises yet).

My motivation is that in February 2011 I will be on a licensed trip to Cuba, to play baseball.  It will be too early for me to play so I will be a coach (my nickname is Coach Permanente).   I was there in February this year, played baseball against their local teams (comprised of ex-pros, etc.) and have been to the island several years ago.  Playing baseball and traveling in Cuba is quite an experience.   If you are a USA citizen, you need a license to visit the island.  The experience is truly great — it is like 1959 and time stopped.

So that’s the story for now.  I’ll post again in December.  Best wishes to all in the recovery process.

2 Responses to “Getting Ready for the Playoffs, . . .”

  1. Make sure you’re walking straight — toes straight ahead — when you’re in the boot. Some people have trouble getting rid of that toe-out “gimp walk” later.

    That bad alignment is bad, too. As your gait gets stronger and your walking gets faster, your misalignment will be even riskier or more harmful than now, at slow speed. I used a strap-on “cast shoe” to add height to something else (mine was a flip-flop massage sandal) to build up my uninjured foot to the same height as my booted foot. I think it was jla___ who got a shoemaker to build up an old shoe to match. HOW you do it is 100% your choice (Heck, it ALL is!!), but it helps a lot to DO it.

    I wouldn’t do much on the balls of my feet just yet, either. That time will come, and pretty soon.

    Everything else sounds great! Congrats on your progress so far, and keep healing and strengthening!

  2. In the early “2-shoes” (or barefoot) stage, I think most of us limped by keeping our injured foot farther ahead than our “good” foot, rather than by pointing our toes out. That kind of limp is easier to leave behind as you heal and strengthen, IMHO.

    You won’t move as fast, but you can strap on the boot for speed. You should also have a pretty gradual progression back to normal walking — and a visual measurement of progress — as it becomes comfy to step farther and farther ahead with your “good” foot, gradually leaving your injured foot farther behind, as it gets stronger and more flexible. In a few weeks, you’ll probably get your stride length back to normal. Then it takes some more strength building to lose the “dip” at the end of the stride. Onwards and upwards!

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