Jun 10 2014

4 months!

Published by smick at 6:45 pm under Uncategorized

It’s crazy that tomorrow will be four months! Things have moved faster than I expected in some ways, but still it’s daunting that I’ve spent a third of this year dealing with my AT and recovery!

I can report a marked decrease in pain, soreness, stiffness this week from last week. Even in the morning its not so bad. I can also report an increase in endurance. I get a good push off in my walk longer.

Also, I just don’t think about my bad foot as much anymore. I used to worry about which foot to put down stepping on or off curbs or in uneven ground, now I just walk and do things without stressing.

The only thing that is still frustrating is that strength is not back yet and I’m not much further along in doing a single legged calf raise than last week. I’m definitely a little bit stronger, but I think the week to week gains in strength are decreasing as I get stronger. Maybe I gained 5-10 pounds of force in the last week, versus the 10-20 pounds it seemed like I gained every week from 6-14. I can easily support my full body weight now (~175lbs) and can go up stairs on the ball of my feet with the heel hanging off.

Anyway, I’m happy that everything seems fine and that my life has pretty much returned to normal with the exception of sports and running!

3 Responses to “4 months!”

  1. sportion 10 Jun 2014 at 8:45 pm

    I’m going to start measuring force on the scale as well. Good tip!

  2. davidkon 10 Jun 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Smick, congrats on your continued progress! At 13 weeks now, I’m just starting to walk upstairs normally again–I feel it, but it’s not painful. Little by little, life is getting back closer to normal. -David

  3. normofthenorthon 11 Jun 2014 at 12:26 am

    Sounds like good progress in the frustrating plateau.
    If you imagine that you won’t be 100% “cured” until a full year in — 9 months from now — it makes sense that progress will seem to slow down quite a bit. (And some think 100% is an overestimate even after a year!)

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