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Hi Everyone,

Joe - I wanted you to know you and your wife are in my prayers daily. Is the area that is swelling painful? If not, I would not worry too much. Put some ice, ibuprofen and truck on....I still swell for no reason, still black and blue, some days more than others. I hope in 5 months I can report this not happening... But...a call to the doc wouldn't hurt? Maybe an xray, double check.

Great advice to Jayne too...after conversing with Pat tho, the UK's medical system is different than ours. I don't know that they offer a boot/air cast like we had. Remember Pat was in a shoe and had to work thru the difficulty and pains. I believe Jayne is where Pat was 3-4 months ago.

Jayne - I was on one crutch for a day or two then dropped them. I found it better for me to use both and put as much weight on my leg as possible. Walking with one crutch also puts unnecessary strain on the knee, the hip and of course the foot because you aren't walking a normal gait. Do this too long, you could cause other problems in other parts.

I believe from what you say, that you are where you should be with your recovery and WBing. I know you don't want to hear this, but patience my dear....patience. It's difficult, I really know where your head is, if only if I were, if only I could.....to be blunt? Right now ya can't....I'm sorry. It will come tho. really honestly. I would say that to myself daily, when am I...? When will this tendon loosen? Give it a 3-4 more weeks and you will be pleased with you progress. Not 100% but you will be pleased. It may still hurt, but I believe you will be crutch free at that point too.

Good idea with the Uggs and/or the Nike Air's...As for swimming? Go for it. Every PT I've spoken to has told me....go for it, it's the best thing for your leg. It develops the muscles with no strain or further injury. Walk in the water, swim, you can do whatever and the discomfort will be oh so minimal.

Shifting from one leg to the other. Lie on your back. Bend your knees and bring your feet up to your bumm...Now lift your hips up so your thighs are in line with your stomach and chest. Hold for 10 seconds. While in this position, transfer your weight from the good foot to the bad foot. Lower your hips to the floor again. Rest 10 seconds, then repeat. when first starting this start with 5 reps. Your lower back will hurt the next couple of days. Over 2 weeks build up to 10, 15 then 20 seconds...soon you should be able to have all the weight on your bad foot or once your hips are off the floor, immediately place all the weight on your bad foot and hold that for 20.
This strengthens your back and foot also partial WBing on your bad foot, since you are not applying full body weight on the foot.

Terry - I didn't forget about you. David...great news. I am really happy for you. Your off the crutches.... I was tellng a friend of mine how the really little things mean so much to us....this one for you? OMG, this one is sooooo BIG not just physically but psychologically. And to up the PT? He's going to get stronger and better. Remember it's still a slow boat. Be patient and be careful...no falls and do not rush the next few weeks.

Good advice Terry to Nannie. Welcome to the board Nannie, but I'm sorry you are here under these circumstances. You will see how supportive everyone here is. Ask any question that comes to mind and one of us will find a way to answer it for you.

A word of caution Nannie, if your leg is not ready to support your foot in shoes, going back to the boot will help tremendously with this stability. Not every step has to be perfect or thought about except for your gait. You can also bump your foot and not wince in pain or discomfort. I wanted to go to shoes, but I also knew my leg and foot weren't ready just yet, so I stuck with the boot for another week or 2 until I and my PT were 100%.

Good idea to ask the ortho for more PT. It certainly won't hurt. The hardest part about this is how slow the foot and calf muscles respond to exercise. I've been reading a lot on this lately for my son and body building. The caves are the hardest muscle to train. The foot, the 2nd hardest. There is just enougn blood flowing in these areas, so they take extra long.

Continue with the manipulation and stretching even if you have to do it yourself. Also....do the exercises at home too...not just at PT. I know several of us have and have seen great progress by doing so. You too David.....(sorry, I'm getting preachy again).

Nannie, surgery? None? Plate? screws? Have you gone back thru this site and looked at all our previous threads starting with Fractured Calcaneous? There are 10....now, plus some others that have the word broken or broken heel Take the time and read them if you haven't already.

Hank - More great news. Hank's got new shoes. I remember that feeling of putting them on. Ahhhhhhh I did not use a cane except one day at PT. I was very timid about walking in shoes with out crutches to the treadmill. I used it once and put it away. It is tricky, so take your time and work on proper gait. Don't rush the walk or the cane. Take each step with purpose. As the leg and foot get stronger and ROM increases, speed will follow.

My surgeon told me I would have arthritis. I do and feel it worse than some days. This is normal, but unfortunate. Mine could be worse. Look at Miles and Jason. I am thankful for what I have regained.

Hank, did you know two Ed's are better than one? I know, almost a bad as my BoB joke. For the newbies, Bob spelled backwards, spells Bob. Also, please feel free to vent anytime here. We have an injury that others don't understand, so we need to bounce things off each other so we can check our progress against the norm, not what someone's co-worker thinks we should be doing next...vent, vent and vent.

Ok...I walked my dog Cocoa last night for a mile for the 1st time since July. Talk about strides. Cocoa was grinning ear to ear. LOL

As for me? My frin disappeared when the Steelers score that last touchdown...Oh well, it's only a game, this is real life to us.

Nuff stuff for tonight. Going to bed now. Keep healing heelies, stay focused and positive.
Ed
[QUOTE=triguy450;3872072]Hi Everyone,

Joe - I wanted you to know you and your wife are in my prayers daily. Is the area that is swelling painful? If not, I would not worry too much. Put some ice, ibuprofen and truck on....I still swell for no reason, still black and blue, some days more than others. I hope in 5 months I can report this not happening... But...a call to the doc wouldn't hurt? Maybe an xray, double check.

Great advice to Jayne too...after conversing with Pat tho, the UK's medical system is different than ours. I don't know that they offer a boot/air cast like we had. Remember Pat was in a shoe and had to work thru the difficulty and pains. I believe Jayne is where Pat was 3-4 months ago.

Jayne - I was on one crutch for a day or two then dropped them. I found it better for me to use both and put as much weight on my leg as possible. Walking with one crutch also puts unnecessary strain on the knee, the hip and of course the foot because you aren't walking a normal gait. Do this too long, you could cause other problems in other parts.

I believe from what you say, that you are where you should be with your recovery and WBing. I know you don't want to hear this, but patience my dear....patience. It's difficult, I really know where your head is, if only if I were, if only I could.....to be blunt? Right now ya can't....I'm sorry. It will come tho. really honestly. I would say that to myself daily, when am I...? When will this tendon loosen? Give it a 3-4 more weeks and you will be pleased with you progress. Not 100% but you will be pleased. It may still hurt, but I believe you will be crutch free at that point too.

Good idea with the Uggs and/or the Nike Air's...As for swimming? Go for it. Every PT I've spoken to has told me....go for it, it's the best thing for your leg. It develops the muscles with no strain or further injury. Walk in the water, swim, you can do whatever and the discomfort will be oh so minimal.

Shifting from one leg to the other. Lie on your back. Bend your knees and bring your feet up to your bumm...Now lift your hips up so your thighs are in line with your stomach and chest. Hold for 10 seconds. While in this position, transfer your weight from the good foot to the bad foot. Lower your hips to the floor again. Rest 10 seconds, then repeat. when first starting this start with 5 reps. Your lower back will hurt the next couple of days. Over 2 weeks build up to 10, 15 then 20 seconds...soon you should be able to have all the weight on your bad foot or once your hips are off the floor, immediately place all the weight on your bad foot and hold that for 20.
This strengthens your back and foot also partial WBing on your bad foot, since you are not applying full body weight on the foot.

Terry - I didn't forget about you. David...great news. I am really happy for you. Your off the crutches.... I was tellng a friend of mine how the really little things mean so much to us....this one for you? OMG, this one is sooooo BIG not just physically but psychologically. And to up the PT? He's going to get stronger and better. Remember it's still a slow boat. Be patient and be careful...no falls and do not rush the next few weeks.

Good advice Terry to Nannie. Welcome to the board Nannie, but I'm sorry you are here under these circumstances. You will see how supportive everyone here is. Ask any question that comes to mind and one of us will find a way to answer it for you.

A word of caution Nannie, if your leg is not ready to support your foot in shoes, going back to the boot will help tremendously with this stability. Not every step has to be perfect or thought about except for your gait. You can also bump your foot and not wince in pain or discomfort. I wanted to go to shoes, but I also knew my leg and foot weren't ready just yet, so I stuck with the boot for another week or 2 until I and my PT were 100%.

Good idea to ask the ortho for more PT. It certainly won't hurt. The hardest part about this is how slow the foot and calf muscles respond to exercise. I've been reading a lot on this lately for my son and body building. The caves are the hardest muscle to train. The foot, the 2nd hardest. There is just enougn blood flowing in these areas, so they take extra long.

Continue with the manipulation and stretching even if you have to do it yourself. Also....do the exercises at home too...not just at PT. I know several of us have and have seen great progress by doing so. You too David.....(sorry, I'm getting preachy again).

Nannie, surgery? None? Plate? screws? Have you gone back thru this site and looked at all our previous threads starting with Fractured Calcaneous? There are 10....now, plus some others that have the word broken or broken heel Take the time and read them if you haven't already.

Hank - More great news. Hank's got new shoes. I remember that feeling of putting them on. Ahhhhhhh I did not use a cane except one day at PT. I was very timid about walking in shoes with out crutches to the treadmill. I used it once and put it away. It is tricky, so take your time and work on proper gait. Don't rush the walk or the cane. Take each step with purpose. As the leg and foot get stronger and ROM increases, speed will follow.

My surgeon told me I would have arthritis. I do and feel it worse than some days. This is normal, but unfortunate. Mine could be worse. Look at Miles and Jason. I am thankful for what I have regained.

Hank, did you know two Ed's are better than one? I know, almost a bad as my BoB joke. For the newbies, Bob spelled backwards, spells Bob. Also, please feel free to vent anytime here. We have an injury that others don't understand, so we need to bounce things off each other so we can check our progress against the norm, not what someone's co-worker thinks we should be doing next...vent, vent and vent.

Ok...I walked my dog Cocoa last night for a mile for the 1st time since July. Talk about strides. Cocoa was grinning ear to ear. LOL

As for me? My frin disappeared when the Steelers score that last touchdown...Oh well, it's only a game, this is real life to us.

Nuff stuff for tonight. Going to bed now. Keep healing heelies, stay focused and positive.
Ed[/QUOTE]
Ed,
Thanks for the reply! Actually, no surgery. According to the ortho.it wasnt displaced so he felt no surgery was needed. I, on the other hand am not so sure, I have read and heard various healing stories without surgery.
I go back to the ortho tomorrow, I will have my list with me. I also have manipulation 2 more times this week. This has helped a bunch, however I am still on crutches. I will be asking for new place for PT. I guess you are right though, I need to regain muscle and strength then walk. I just want to walk without crutches so bad. Sometimes I feel maybe it isnt the pain as much as it is fear or unable to remember how to walk. Crazy and desperate to find a way to improve.
nannie





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