Thursday, September 15, 2011

Peaks and Valleys

One of the most frustrating things—if not the most frustrating thing—about this plantar fasciitis (if that’s what it is, since I don’t think my therapist has completely ruled out a stress fracture) is the random fluctuations. At least, they seem random to me. There are peaks where I feel almost normal and then valleys when I wonder if I ever will.

Sometimes the pendulum swings from one extreme to the other in a single day. I walked back from the pool today thinking I must just be imagining things, because I felt fine. But earlier in the day I sat in class, and just raising my heel off the floor and twisting my foot a bit, I could get a little twinge just in front of my heel.

It almost seems easier to walk fast. Maybe I don’t have as much time to register the pain that way. Or maybe it changes the way I bear weight on my feet. Either way, it struck me as odd when I really got to thinking about it.

Anyway, since Saturday I really haven’t had an entire day that felt good. Although while walking on the treadmill yesterday, I got to thinking…I’m only going 4 miles an hour…if I just change the way I walk so that I was actually kind of running, would that really count? So I did. Actually got up to 4.5 mph. The treadmill was on a fairly steep incline, so I think that helped. And I wasn’t really running. But at least it wasn’t walking, biking, or swimming either. I called it quits after three minutes. I still remember what it was like after I ran on the track last month. I hope I never have to do that again.
I had physical therapy again today. We worked on balance exercises and some strengthening stuff. A lot of walking backwards with my heels off the ground. I know how I’ll be getting to the bathroom for the next week or so! It’s just a good thing Penn State’s dorms have an “acceptance” policy—I’m pretty sure people who walk backwards down the halls are in the minority.

Hoping to climb out of this valley soon!
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