Well, this has been a crazy busy week. End of school activities are taking up a lot of my time. I found out our local Y isn't doing lap swim currently. So I looked at local gyms and found one close by that has a great pool. I signed up yesterday for a 14 day free trial and will upgrade to membership when that time is over. The expense is not as bad as I thought it would be. I'm heading out in a few minutes to get my first swim there in. I'm really excited to get back to moving again as I've really "felt" this inactivity. My mood was so much better when I walked almost every day.
On Friday I had my first physical therapy appointment. My physical therapist is awesome and she's very positive and upbeat about my chances of making a full recovery and being able to do the walk. There are no guarantees of course, but my case is very mild so the prognosis is really good. She watched me walk, asked a bunch of questions, poked around on my foot and then started the therapy. Heat for about 10 minutes, followed by some stretching and then strengthening. At the end we used ice for 10 minutes and she wants me to do this routine at least once a day (if not twice) and ice as often as possible (every two hours or so) throughout the day. She also recommended I try OTC orthotics as if they work for me then we don't have to go to custom orthotics which are much more expensive. So I went to our local sporting goods store and picked up a pair of Superfeet orthotics. I'm in the "getting used to them" stage at the moment. I am not to walk without shoes on (which is a bit tough mentally as I can't stand wearing shoes in the house) and I am only allowed to wear my running shoes with the orthotics in them.
The piece of news I didn't want to hear (but I knew it was coming) was that I have to give up my tap class for now as well. I am not allowed to engage in any activity that involves extended period of times on my feet -- and logically, pounding my foot into the floor is not going to help it heal. As far as physical activity goes, I'm stuck with swimming and stationary bike. I'm going to miss the tap recital and this is the second recital I'm missing for health reasons. There will be other classes and other recitals, so it's really not that big of a deal, but it is disappointing.
So my advice to all of you out there reading this is PLEASE listen to your body while you are training. Aches are normal. Pain is not. If you have any kind of persistent pain, the sooner you get it checked out and figure out what it is, the sooner you can get yourself healed up and back out there training. I'm throwing myself into this new routine in hopes of keeping my stamina up so that when I do get back to walking I can kind of pick up where I left off. At the moment I'm not as upbeat and positive as I normally try to be, but I am really determined to do what will get my body back into good working order. The upbeat and positive will return, I have no doubt about it.