Things are finally falling into place.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Saw the orthopedist this morning. I'm free of Frankenfoot! During the day, anyway--I still have some plantar fasciitis pain going on, but she's confident that the achilles tendonitis and stress fracture have healed. I'm to wear either Frankenfoot or some sort of night splint to bed, continue ice therapy and anti-inflammatories as needed. And--this is the big one--I can start doing some cardio again! No five-mike hikes to start, obviously, but I can do a short Leslie Sansone DVD or get on the elliptical now. My fiance and I can start taking short walks at lunchtime. (We both work at home.)
I have to essentially start over from scratch. Whatever fitness I had I lost back in April when I did THE BIG INJURY. I do want to walk a half marathon in April, but I have plenty of time to train for it.
If it's not improved in 4-6 weeks, the orthopedist wants me to come back in, where we could discuss in more detail more formal physical therapy or (shiver) steroid injections. However, neither one of us want to go that route, so I'm going to be cautious and take baby steps.
I'm also planning to go back and get fitted again for training shoes at the local running store. Need to find out if my needs have changed--different kind of shoe to address new issues? I don't know, but I don't want to re-injure myself, so I will be careful.
But--yay! I can exercise again! (Side note: I never thought I'd be happy about being able to exercise, but there you go.)