- I gained a lot of confidence from my PT session on day 8. I decided to go for the gusto and put all of my weight on my foot with my walking boot. I figured I essentially did it the day before in PT, so I may as well give it a try! SUCCESS!
- Used crutches for the majority of the day with the walking boot, but walked very short distances with only my walking boot🙂
- Used crutches for part of the day as with day 9, and walking boot with no crutches for very short distances
- Numbness has decreased greatly and is almost gone!
- Continued to do PT exercises; slight improvements continue to be made
- After a morning of being in the walking boot, I felt daring to try walking in a pair of thick, cushioned slippers. I had SUCCESS!!!
- inversion/eversion: good movement
- ankle circles: this motion feels more comfortable, but I can feel the tightness in my achilles and calf area
- No crutches, no walking boot, full weight on foot!
- was able to achieve having foot at 90 degree angle in boot; previously I could not put my foot in the boot at this angle, and was forced to walk mostly on my toes while in the walking boot.
- rode “bicycle” in the pool for a very short time; I sat on a noodle in the pool and moved my legs in a bicylce motion; I got stabbing pains in my foot pretty soon after I attempted this so I stopped
- inversion/eversion: great movement; my foot is still not as flexible as my right foot, but I am able to get a great deal of motion with this exercise
- ankle circles: motion is very good; dorsiflexion direction is getting better as achilles area loosens up
- Walked, very slowly, one mile on a flat gravel 1/2 mile oval
- I continue to do all of my prescribed PT exercises
- rode “bicycle” in the pool – I sat on a noodle and moved my legs as if I were riding a bicycle; I did this motion very slowly, and did not last long. My foot got a few stabbing pains in it as I did this, so I stopped.
- walking continues to progress; I bought two pairs of thick, cushioned slippers, which I am currently using to get around.
- My calf and achilles area are very tight. As I walk, I can feel my calf muscle pulling/stretching; I am continuing to work on the flexibility of this, by doing calf stretches.
It has been quite an exciting past week. I never would have believed that today on Day 14, I would be walking in ALMOST normal shoes (slippers!). My foot continues to get better each day, and I am beginning to really get antsy, which is bad! Now that I am up and walking around, I want to just jump right in and do it all – go for a walk, go for a run, swim, etc.
But, I know that I can’t. Yesterday I walked 1 mile on a gravel track, plus some extra. Total I may have ended up walking around 2 miles…oops! Well, my foot certainly told me that last night when I was TRYING to sleep, and this morning. I had pain on both sides of my foot and it was no fun. I have since been icing my foot, and trying to stay off of it.
It’s frustrating, because in some instances, my foot feels the same as it used to. When I stand, my foot begins to hurt. If I walk a touch too far, it hurts. However, my side pain has not sprouted up at all, and I truly believe that piece of the puzzle is fixed. I am hoping that with time, after the bruising goes away entirely, and the swelling goes away, my heel will stop hurting. At this point, I am going to stick with the positive thinking and believe that my foot is hurting due to the injury that it sustained during surgery. It certainly makes sense! Right now, I am basically walking on a bruised foot, which sounds like it could certainly be a culprit for pain!
And to continue to stay positive with frustrating injuries, I will leave you with this quote I came across the other day. I read it on someone’s blog, but I cannot recall which blog.
“Having an injury increases the amount of time that you can run in your later years”
Of course, this is entirely up to each individual’s body makeup, but for now, my cross training adventure will help me in my later years! I certainly won’t be doing gobs of mileage every week like I did last Summer (60-70). Mileage like this, is what I believe can decrease your chances of running long into your later years. Running on a regular basis, though, should not impede this!