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Five Months: Stalled

Five months, and after relatively smooth progress through the initial stage, I’m now stuck. I haven’t recovered enough calf strength to move to the next stage of physical therapy (hops, jumps and so forth towards running). It’s not clear how long this will take to return, or if it will. So nothing much to report, nor is there likely to be until that resolves itself (if it does). (And yes, I’m doing the prescribed lifts, silly walks, and all that — the calf just isn’t responding. Frustrating, but there it is). Anyway, if anything changes, I’ll continue updates but for the time being looks like I won’t be returning to sport any time soon (certainly not at the six month mark).


  1. Pegleg wrote:

    Sorry to hear this and understand how frustrating it must be but hang in there! It is amazing what the body can do, eg - my strength on my tip toes is truly awful but I have found it doesn’t effect my running other than the fact I am slower, infact I don’t notice it at all in day to day life or during sport until the PT asks me to go on my tip toes! Try to fit more walking in, especially up hills, I found this really engaged my calf muscle and made me roll through my foot. Wishing you progress soon.

    Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 3:53 am | Permalink
  2. davidk wrote:

    I don’t know if you’ve tried this, but one of the things that really helped me regain my calf strength was cycling. I mixed 10-30 mile bike rides in with my other PT. Going up hills, standing, is especially helpful–you can just feel your calf muscles growing. Good luck! -David

    Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 1:32 pm | Permalink
  3. normofthenorth wrote:

    What they said, and good luck. 5 months is still early times for most of us. You’ve come a very long way, and the frustrating plateau is well named.

    Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 3:57 pm | Permalink
  4. simplesanj wrote:

    Thanks. DavidK, doing a reasonable bit of biking, but likely to add more — for conditioning purposes, and if it helps with calf strength, all the better.

    Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

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