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Old 04-18-2011, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Mingybear, I had a PT appointment today and actually walked around the gym with no brace on my leg - just a sock and running shoe. I still have to wear a boot and then a "stirrup," but it was wonderful to realize I could walk on my own, even if only for a short while. A great day, even though the therapist had me lifting off the table in pain when she manipulated my foot. You're doing really well - 4 kilometers. How long were you non-weight bearing? Isn't it amazing how fast everything atrophies? Not fair at all.
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Old 04-19-2011, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Milton Ontario
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2 Crutches
Good to hear you've learned to walk again!

If I recall I was non-weight bearing for 7 weeks, which for me meant in a wheelchair pretty much all the time.

I thought my calf was going to be the problem because of atrophy, but is seemed the ankle is the issue - its still stiff and weak, so I have to be carefull on uneven ground. It is unfair how fast things atrophy, but I figure if I am mostly normal after 7 weeks 'weight bearing' its a fair trade. I am about 4 weeks in and I suspect it'll be more than 7.

I was told walking is good for the healing & recovery.
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Old 04-26-2011, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Tampa Bay, FL
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Still no change, thanks for the kind words. Anon I do get **** done, I'm still running a business, doing payroll, and trying to keep myself from going insane. Now that the bloodclot is gone I'm able to get around. Ive been taken off the warfarin, it seem the more I take the thicker my blood gets. I get another xray in 2 week so hopefully something is healing.
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Old 05-04-2011, 09:32 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Anyone else think physical therapy is humiliating, not to mention painful? Just when I thought I was doing better, my therapist showed me some new exercises that made it painfully clear my leg is still pathetically weak. God, I hate this. Please excuse the pity party. I'm just so sick of all this, and it seems it's never going to end, no matter how hard I work to improve.
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Old 05-04-2011, 10:02 PM
 
Location: Rockville, MD
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best of luck, Positiveone. I truly wish I could ble of more help.
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Old 05-05-2011, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Milton Ontario
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Coincidence, I just got back from my weakly physio. I'm all swollen up because I had to walk in my forest and mark some trees last night. Walking uneven forest ground is much harder than walking on a finished floor.

Nonetheless, although I'm still frustrated with the stiffness, the physiotherapist took a bunch of measurements which showed considerable improvement from the first day.

Don't give up! Keep working on it!
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Old 05-08-2011, 11:01 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Thanks, Mingybear. I doubled my efforts at the gym and promptly strained a tendon in my leg. I rested it a couple of days, and it's better. Unfortunately, there's no way to fast forward through this. I'll keep working at it, but I still think PT can be humilitating. Nothing like being an adult sitting in a gym full of people while I pick up marbles with my toes. I had a sudden urge to make a paper airplane and shoot it across the gym.
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Old 05-12-2011, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Milton Ontario
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Thanks, Mingybear. I doubled my efforts at the gym and promptly strained a tendon in my leg. I rested it a couple of days, and it's better. Unfortunately, there's no way to fast forward through this. I'll keep working at it, but I still think PT can be humilitating. Nothing like being an adult sitting in a gym full of people while I pick up marbles with my toes. I had a sudden urge to make a paper airplane and shoot it across the gym.

Thats weird. They have never had me do anything like picking up marbles with my toes, even though I have lost a lot of my toe dexterity. They have me do all kinds of flexibility exercises and also I get my foot manipulated to stretch things a bit. I don't think that is to be confused with massage - they keep asking me if it hurts, and then push a bit further.

I have had a bit of a setback. I did a fair bit of actual physical work on the weekend and Monday was just brutal. I thought my Achilles tendon was on fire or something. Once I warm up I'm ok, but still not 100%.

I guess its good to stress it, but, man ....
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Old 05-12-2011, 10:37 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Mingybear, my therapist started me on toe exercises right away. She said getting toes into shape facilitates pain free walking. I understand some PTs wait to address it. I know what you mean about the foot manipulation - very painful. Be careful with your achilles tendon. My PT said it's important to avoid tendinitis in the Achilles. Do you ice after exertion?
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Old 05-21-2011, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Mingybear, you okay? How's your leg? I'm doing well in PT. I finally realized I just had to go with the flow. I have lots of work to do on my leg - PT is just the start. I hope you're doing well.
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