Well, after about 5 weeks, I’ve hit the dreaded “plateau”. I’m still making steady progress, but it’s slow. I’m still in the boot, my surgeon wants me in it until week 10. But at home I walk around without it. My strength is improving. I’ve been swimming regularly now, and doing “aqua therapy”, walking around in the shallow end. It feels good to walk “normally” in the water. On land I’m still walking on my heel. I can do a calf raise with my bad foot in the shallow end with the water at my waist. One more week and I start official physio and can re-start doing range of motion stretches (my surgeon had ordered me to stop stretching it since it was progressing too fast.) I suppose I’ve done good at that; I haven’t gained any flexibility in the last 2 weeks since my visit with the surgeon. It’s frustrating just having to wait, since my flexibiliy is really what’s holding me back from walking properly. One more week, and then I’m out of the boot and can start stretching again. I’ll still put the boot back on for biking though. Maybe I will get a lighter brace of some sort eventually, but for now I am addicted biking in my boot. Maybe for road riding I can go without the boot sooner, but doing jumps and drops and such I think I want to keep the boot on. I’m thinking of going to Whistler Mountain Bike Park next week.
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