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My Achilles: Kicking it in high and low gear

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Yikes. Just when Iím getting stronger and able to move more, I hurt myself again! This time I think I hurt my Achilles tendon. Just when I was getting my plantar fasciitis under control Ė another tendon problem strikes.

Iím learning that getting my mobility back up to par is a bit of a rugged journey because Iím doing so well in some areas and not so well in others.

The irony of it all, I hurt it doing an exercise which according to the Internet is a physical therapy exercise to heal that very problem that I just created. I think the problem is that maybe Iím too heavy to be doing that exercise and thatís my bodyís way of protesting.

What I was doing was going up on my toes for a while and holding it and coming down again. Sometimes I would do it on the floor and sometimes on a step or a step ladder, depending on where I am at the moment that Iím doing it.

I can tell while I do it that it puts a lot of stress on my poor body. So I think Iíll cut that exercise out. I was doing it to help heal my plantar fasciitis, but if it hurts me, itís not doing me any good.

Fortunately, I saw on the Internet a seated version of the exercise. I think Iíll do that, but I donít know how affective that version is. In any case, Iíll wait before I try any of those exercises so maybe it will heal before I have at it again.

Iíve been ďkicking it in high gearĒ lately, as much as I can, and itís been paying off. I can stand more and walk more, I donít get as winded and itís a lot easier for me to keep up with other people. But I think the time has come for me to kick it in low gear at least for the foot exercises.

I think Iíll throw in some intervals of icing my Achilles too and if it still hurts, Iíll see if my doc will write me a script for a left night splint.

Last night, in a fit of being creative, or stupid, Iím not sure which, I decided to try my right night splint on my left foot because thatís the only night splint I have.

Needless to say that thing came flying off my foot after about 10 minutes or so. Some things are just not meant to be!

And all of this when Iím trying to walk more.

I didnít get that many steps in yesterday, in fact itís almost embarrassing. Some days are pretty good and others, well I have to admit, they could use some help. Yesterday was one of those days. Today Iím taking it easy on purpose, itís my day off from exercise. I exercise 6 days out of 7. That lands at a perfect time since I do need to rest my Achilles.

As soon as I can though, Iím going to try to meet a goal of getting in at least 2,500 steps a day. I know thatís not much, but starting off where I am, itís actually a big improvement. I figure once I can do that, I can up it to 5,000, then to 7,500 and finally to 10,000 steps.

Ten thousands steps will probably be a little hard to obtain, but maybe once I get healthier, maybe it wonít be. Itís hard to tell at this point in time.

Fortunately, my recumbent bike, the main source of my cardio exercise for the time being is non-weight bearing and therefore totally doable I would think.

I canít begin to tell you how grateful I am for that machine. I almost cried when I saw it and Iím not one who cries at a drop of a hat either.

The thing is, I saw it and new it was to be the means by which I would get healthy. I knew it was mine the moment I saw it. I guess you would say it was love at first sight!

Oh, what a machine!

I think Iíll be adding some resistance on it soon too. I think itís time. Maybe that will even help my tendon problem if I add it slowly and gradually.

I think that sounds like a plan!

Yum. Dinner I didn't have to stress my Achilles tendon to make and it's healthy too! Well, maybe the sub, not sure about the cookies. At least they have oatmeal and raisins in them! that's a little something in their favor!
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    Oh gosh, hoping you are doing better?!


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    1401 days ago

    Yes, I track everything I eat with rare exception, for instance the potluck dinner I blogged about recently. I also track my fitness. I haven't made my trackers public because I'm always tweaking them. I plan in advance and if something doesn't work out well, I fix it as I go. That way I don't go over my calories inadvertently.

    Also, thanks for looking up the link. I'll have to check it out! emoticon
    1402 days ago
    This is a link to SP Limited Mobility Lifestyle Center.

    There are several resources there that might help you while your foot heals.

    There are a few there also, for me, because I am still having foot pain, not as bad, but still a problem at times. I'm glad I went looking for you, because I found help for me, too.
    1402 days ago
    You're not making your Nutrition and Fitness trackers public on your spark page. (that's okay) So I wondered if you had tracked your subway meal?

    Most restaurant chain meals are in the tracker already. And if what you ate isn't in there, you can easily enter your meal yourself because most restaurants list their nutrition online. You could Google: Subway nutrition

    I do that before I go out to eat now, and plan what I'm going to order before I ever go out. I find that helpful because quite often I can get what I want and stay within my plan by eating half, and taking the other half home for another meal.
    1402 days ago
    Sorry to hear that you're in the wars, but it's good to see there's some workarounds - I'm jealous of the bike, it must be really motivating to just be able to hop on it when the mood takes you.
    1402 days ago
  • THOMS1
    1402 days ago
    I hope your tendon feels better soon.
    1402 days ago
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