My countdown ended up being pretty darn accurate. I got to the appointment ten minutes early, they had me come right back, and the cast was off by 10:04am.
The assistant who took the cast off actually asked me if I was getting another cast put on today, and I guess the look of horror on my face answered his question because he started to laugh and say, "Ok... never mind."
|First pic of TWO feet :) Don't mind the purple toenails - I am always cold.|
Those first steps walking felt so strange, and my calf and my Achilles are TIGHT. I went right over to the physical therapist office once the cast was off. Ray (coach) and Dan (PT) both think that if I can tweak my form a little and land less on my forefoot and more on my midfoot that it will take some stress off of my posterior tibial tendons. Originally the plan was for the PT to let me run super short on the treadmill in a few different pairs of shoes today to see which seemed to work the best (and if any helped my stride a little). Since the calf and Achilles were so tight though we decided not to even try to run at all today. The PT did some e-stym, massage, stretching and strength exercises and things felt a lot better after that.
The foot feels weak to me, and the calf and Achilles are still tight, although things feel better and better the more I move around. The spot that was super sore (where the tendon tear was) is not tender at all, so that is a really good sign. My lower left leg is a little "shrunken" but not as bad as I imagined. I have some strengthening exercises and stretches to do for the next few days and then I will go back to the PT on Tuesday and if things are feeling good I will do a short run with him on the treadmill (and will try out a few pair of shoes).
The PT and doctor both practically begged me to not do too much too soon. I promised I would behave, because truly, no one wants this to heal and rehab more than I do. I am going to be smart and patient.
So I am not quite running yet, but my leg is FREE from the evil cast and project rehab has officially started.