8 weeks post-op. The PT parade.

It’s been a fairly uneventful week. PT 2x week continues, and until today’s visit I was considering dropping that to once a week or taking a week off to conserve my insurance-covered visits (20 allowed for the year).

We did some new things today that went beyond stretches that I can do at home - riding the exercise bike, doing some leg presses on a shuttle, and working with a BAPS board (round wobbly board for ankle ROM). More new stuff next week, maybe even water therapy.

PT has been different than I expected. Not having been before, I imagined working one-on-one for thirty minutes to an hour with a therapist who focused on explaining details, performing complicated and fascinating procedures, etc. I don’t know where that image came from - maybe my idea of what a pro athlete’s life might be like? In (my) reality, the therapist who did my initial evaluation assigned me to an assistant. For the first 3 visits he ran me through a basic warmup and standard ROM stretching routine, all while moving around among 2-3 other patients in similar states of disrepair.

I’m glad they added complexity today because I’m not sure those first few visits accomplished anything I couldn’t have done at home - other than generating income for the PT facility.

In boot news, I’m more comfortable walking in my Breg. I’m still not taking the smoothest steps, but I’m definitely not as clunky as a few days ago.

The best development this week has been adding compression socks to my piles of recovery gear. I wear one on my bum leg for most of the day and have much less swelling. That makes the ROM exercises easier (and more fruitful, I think) and my overall comfort level is much improved. I also swapped out my full-length SuperFeet insole for a heel pad and that seems to be better for managing heel pain.

Onward and upward. I have two weeks until my next doctor checkup and most of my energy is focused on making my foot appear accelerator-worthy. :)

2 Responses to “8 weeks post-op. The PT parade.”

  1. Way to go PJ! I started riding the exercise bike on my own - LOL! As soon as the doc said I could - even when I could only rest my surgery foot on the pedal. Now I’m pushing :) I won’t get to do balance until June. That will be 14 weeks for me. I’ll also start doing squats and lunges too - the REAL work will being - hahahaha! I’ve been thinking about compression socks but haven’t purchased any yet. Glad you’re walking better in your boot too!

  2. Sounds like good progress pj, even if it slower than you would like (isn’t it always?!!). I’m glad your PT has become more worthwhile. Hopefully that will continue. I can’t wait to be cleared for hydratherapy. I’m a swimmer, and the pool is my happy place!! I always say it’s better than a massage, and swimming definitely keeps me sane!
    I’m sure your foot will look good and accelerator ready two weeks from now. A lot happens in that amount of time. Keep up the good work!

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