After being on this site for a while, I’ve finally decided it was time to start a blog. So far my recovery has been fairly uneventful but I am now into my 5th week of physical therapy and it looks like I’ll soon be out of my boot and into 2 shoes. I got the feeling that once that happens things will get more interesting.
On my last PT session the therapist has had me walk in a straight line in 2 shoes on a tile floor. While I am happy with this, I know I’ve got a lot more challenges including such things as walking up stairs, pivoting on my foot, walking on uneven ground and dodging my 2 German shepherds as they try to bolt past me to beat each other out the door or down the stairs. My ultimate goal is to once again be able to squat 300 lbs. and run. In future posts I’ll try to document some of the specific things I am doing in PT and my progress.
The last PT session included work on the leg press machine and calf raises at a low weight. In addition to walking in a straight line, I also had to walk sideways for a couple hundred feet. There was also some work on a kind of a teeter-totter device and some step work. The therapist also had me walking backwards on a treadmill.
At home I am allowed to walk in 2 shoes and one crutch. So far I have been very careful and methodical in walking but today I just said the hell with it and with eyes forward proceeded at my normal brisk pace (with the one crutch). And what do you know? My foot was still attached and had no pain in the tendon. I’m finding that building confidence is just as important as building strength and skill.