Feb 21 2009

wilddog

slowing down

Posted at 8:08 am under Uncategorized

The excitement of being in two shoes and getting to ride a stationary bike has been replaced with the pain of reality yet again.  My job is one where I do a lot of walking and the amount of walking ramps up as it gets closer and closer to spring and summer.  All of that walking is causing my ankle to swell to sizes that are in direct correlation to the amount of walking that I have to do.  Thus, my physical therapists have put me back in the boot to try to get the swelling to go down.  They have assured me that swelling is normal especially due to all the walking I do, but they thought the boot would help take some of the pressure off.  It has I guess, but I am still bummed as it feels like a real setback.

I have started having some pain on the side opposite my scar on the heel bone.  I wonder if it is the screw they put in when the did the FHL transfer.  Does anyone else have pain on the side opposite the scar?

4 responses so far

4 Responses to “slowing down”

  1. Dave Smithon 28 Feb 2009 at 5:57 am 1

    What are the benefits of speeding up and slowing down on a treadmill?

  2. judyoneshoeon 02 Mar 2009 at 7:16 pm 2

    Thanks for the last post you answered. I think we are about at the same stage. I just wrote how much pain I am having in the heel after almost two weeks in shoes. I too am having pain on the opposite side from the incision. If I had a Dr to ask I would — but I don’t know if he ever showed back up in the office or not. Anyway I’m back at work and traveling again - the airports are killer and my ice pack is my best friend!

  3. netengon 04 Mar 2009 at 8:51 pm 3

    Wilddog,

    Sorry to hear that you are back in a boot. I have had a bit of a setback too. Last weekend everything was feeling good and I was working really hard on calf stretches to push myself past neutral. It was helping a lot and really reducing my limp. I was also walking around the house all weekend without wearing my “heel lift” shoe. Well on Monday morning I started having pain in the achilles area that felt like I had strained it too much. This was the first time I have had any pain since being in shoes. It got so bad on Monday that I was almost forced to go back on crutches as I could hardly bear any weight. It has gradually been improving but after being on my feet most of today I was in rough shape by the time I got home. I have been icing for about an hour and had a prescription for Voltaren filled that my doctor prescribed yesterday. I had my 1 month appointment since going to 2 shoes yesterday and my doctor said come back in 3 months but cancel the appointment if I feel fine. So I am on my own now. No PT and maybe no more appointments.

    My boss made it to the summit of Mt. Washington. He was extremely lucky as the temps were in the 30s the day he made it to the summit and not very windy. The next day it was in the single digits with 110 mph winds.

    I hope you get out of the boot soon and your recovery progresses swiftly.

  4. Andyon 08 Mar 2009 at 7:43 pm 4

    Wilddog–I’m not sure far along you are, but you could also use a knee-high compression sock. It would provide some support and also help keep down the swelling. I wore a thicker compression sock (kind of like an Ace wrap) for like 5 weeks post op, then the normal compression sock for a bit after that, and found not only was the swelling kept down my leg felt less fatigued. Your AT, ankle, foot, and calf will thank you.

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