Sorry for not posting much. I was at a wedding out of state late August then returned to work on September 1. Work often comes home with me during the evenings, so I don’t really have much time for much else, unfortunately.
The wedding was beautiful, and I walked 100 yards on grass as a matron of honor dressed in pink with a cast that had matching pink straps! Did not limp. Whew. Leg swelled badly at the end of the evening-I am sure alcohol did not help matters much The bride and groom just returned from their Grecian honeymoon. I can’t wait to hear all about it!
Anyway-PT 2 weeks ago was alright. It was boring actually. Didn’t do much except for toe lifts, walking laps and standing on my bad leg with my eyes closed. I still struggle with the latter exercise still.
PT last week was very interesting. They took off the cast, and I officially became 2 SHOES!!!!!!!!! So exciting. Walking was another matter. I had a pronounced limp and my ankle felt extremely weak. I was very nervous about walking around without the support of my cast. The PT says to wean myself off of it, but wanted to see me without it by the following week. Thursday, I went to work with the cast on then had it off for the rest of the day. Friday, I decided to go full day without it, and what a mistake that was. My leg swelled badly-it was twice the size of my good leg! I kept my leg elevated on Saturday and the swelling went down pretty quick. Sunday I took it easy-no cast all day and walked around a bit. Monday, back to work without the cast, and my leg did not swell. Yesterday I had some swelling because I stood around for 4 hours straight teaching (I’m an assistant professor).
Today I went to see my doc. He continues to be pleased with my progress and says I should be running in 2 months!!?!? I can’t really see it happening but he is certainly optimistic! He also said that when I conclude with PT in November, I should be able to return to playing sports. Again, I can’t see that happening! I reported some heel pain, and he thought my plantar fascia was inflamed from lack of use. I asked about the hard scar and he said the hardness should not be an issue in 18 months. 18 MONTHS?!?! Wow. My other scars softened up much quicker, but these were minor!
I went to PT after the doc’s appt. and oh joy! New exercises! I did my first toe presses! First day on a real exercising machine since ATR. The PT put 20lbs of pressure and I placed both of my feet on the wall and pushed it until my knees were straightened out. Then I was to let the wall dorsiflex my ankles until it was uncomfortable then I used my toes to push the wall back. I did that 20 times quite easily. The PT said it was way too easy for me and asked that I remove my good leg and just to use my other leg. Man what a difference that was! My leg shook as I pushed the wall. It felt reallllly good though.
Then he had me walk sideways, backwards and then sideways again. That was FUN, but I didn’t like it when I had to walk sideways pass the waiting area and everyone was staring at me walking like that! Anyway-the PT then had me stand with my feet pressed together and close my eyes. Did that and had no problems-did not sway or flail my arms, but then again, I thought it was a strange exercise.
Then the PT brought out the ball. Whoo. I’ve read about the “ball” on this blog. I wasn’t sure what to think. PT asked me to use my good leg to step on the ball and then step down 5 times to get a feel of it. Then switch legs and do 15 reps. I can see how previous PTs have prepared me for standing on such instable ground and I did better than I thought.
I reported to the PT about the heel pain and he recommended that I roll a tennis ball under my foot each morning to loosen up the plantar fascia (imagine this-I did not KNOW that we had another tendon connecting the heel to the toes! I used to be a biology major-how embarassing is that!?!?). He also gave me other exercises to use with the Therabands-I am now back to the yellow one-to do inversion, eversion and dorsiflexion exercises at home.
So that is it for this time around! I am so enjoying the cool weather, but I think my AT doesn’t like it-it takes me longer to get it warmed up in the mornings-do you have the same experience?
Soon, I will post pics of my scar, leg comparables and a picture of me at the wedding!