Soooo....since my last Recovery Post, I've packed boxes, moved, and I'm still in the process of unpacking. Sports, life and single parenting keep getting in the way. I did intend to make an entry for week 8 and my first run....but I think I might have been carting stuff to the moving truck right about that time....
So, I've past all my foot x-rays with flying colors. I've got great bone re-generation which is good news and the screw is staying where it is supposed to be. I'm to go back to the foot surgeon next in the 3rd week of August for a final x-ray. The foot surgeon is very proud of my progress. I've regained full range of motion in my big toe and just need to heed common sense when exercising - don't push too much and apply ice after.
My friends all gathered to run my first mile with me. They are such a great group of people. My little man (4) decided to run the mile too and lasted about half the distance before he decided that walking was much nicer. It was scorching hot that day too in true Florida style. I'm in the yellow shirt.
My knee is a bit iffy still. I've got to watch where I start running and be gentle. Flat is good, hills (not that there are that many) are not that great. I'm going to try to add weights to my routine and do less running. Right now, as I'm trying to get back in to a routine, I've incorporated the elliptical, treadmill and the pool. I'm also doing some of my rehab exercises when I'm at the gym for the knee and using some machines that look harmless!
Running on the foot feels fine. I try to focus on using the entire foot, including running straight on it and not reverting back to old habits of rolling outwards on it. Every once in awhile it feels a bit off, but as a whole, much better than expected.
The thing that amuses me, not really, but in a way, is that I can run on the foot without major issues. I'm up to 3 miles now. But getting in the pool and swimming is uncomfortable. Here I thought swimming was a low or no impact thing, lol. Realizing that the pressure from the water is hitting the top of the foot and it's a different sensation, that's all, it's not like it's going to hurt anything, but it does take time to get used to it.
So, my doctor was right on target, and I was back to running about 8 weeks after surgery. I've totally lost my cardio conditioning after having been out for roughly 111 days (not that I counted or anything), so now I'm most motivated to get back and start training again. I've just got to baby that knee a little in the progress. To clarify, the foot recovery has only been 60 days of the 111. The reminder was knee related.
As a final note to my foot recovery post, I'm including my before and after pictures.
Running: Oh, yes!
Walking: That too :)
Happy with my post op foot: Definitely!
Post op foot at 10 weeks: