- Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2018
Camino Del Norte & part of Lebaniego 2019
Hello fellow Pilgrims. As promised here is an update to my ongoing foot saga. 30 days to Spain and the Camino Del Norte !
Today was the first day of my physio. I was excited and dreading it at the same time. As most of you no doubt know PT (Physio) is affectionately known to us medics and patients alike as the pain and torture clinic ..extreme emphahis on the PAIN ( no offense to Physio providers ...love you guys/gals you do good work).
It was a beautiful sunny spring day in Florida as I made my way to Physio...a great parking space and a good day for torture I think? I was instructed to fill out 6 pages of paperwork, although I have been seen in this very office many times before, and asking the very same questions. To be fair some things might have changed in my medical or personal history but why not ask me that..does patient X has any changes since we saw you last? Hmmm too simple ? Yeah probably. This is no doubt a pre curser to the torture beyond the brown doors. You know they close it to the outside because they don't want to scare the new people off with the screams coming from within...ok so I digress. Paper work complete. I gave my first born child and said hello to some of the staff who I remembered from before, I sat int he cramped chamber for a few minutes the they called my name.
I know you are waiting for me to say something bad here but really, everything was suprisingly pleasant. I hobbled in on crutches as usual and I expected a miracle and healing... you know..Throw the crutches away kind of thing, aaaah sadly it didn't happen. I have to wait until monday for that. Podiatry visit...approval. Dang it! So anyway. I sat with the Physio and he went thru my medical history and the injury and that’s when the poking began...surprise folks! NO PAIN. . Ok so there was stiffness but no pain. YET...
The PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Injection worked so far anyway, I have high hopes however he said something I did not wish to accept willingly “. You may not be healed in time”. WHAAT? . Oh nooooo....Oh yes I will ... I explained with just 30 days until my flight it’s a bit too late for that kind of thinking. However, on the Norte I will be forced to send my pack forward at least for the first 2 weeks maybe more, also walk less daily km, and try to take it easy. But hey, I have new Superfeet Orange (instead of green) insoles in my new Hoka One Tor Ultra Hi WP which arrived today (see picture they are beautiful) ..... Oh yes it was a little touch of heaven when I added the superfeet orange insoles . It took a lot for me to give up my Lowa’s But they will have to be my around town athletic shoes ...no more nike’s For me....so sad but true.
Any way folks we are at the preverbial, we’ll see/we have high hopes of healing/ do your best in 14 physio visits/ I will be healed and go to the Camino Del Norte moment. He measured my range of motion in both feet and then we commenced with the torture . What? You actually thought I was going to get away without some pain ? Hmmmm not likely ...remember the clinic name ?
He gave me four specific stretches however...exercises are tailored to each person by the health professional/physio. I include it only as an aid to those of you who are having heel spur pain. Please seek help from Physio and or Podiatrist.
- lay down on your back use a towel under between your toes and arch, pull the towel towards you stretching your arch do 10 hold for 20 seconds each
- Face a set of steps or a wall place your toes on first step or the wall, press down with your weight putting pressure on the toes curling toes towards you .. do 10 hold for 20 seconds you should feel it in your arch and your calf but not in your heel
- Hold on to 2 chairs one on either side of you and you in the middle place the affected foot in back and the good foot in front make sure your toe are pointing straight adjust your step so your knees do not hurt and lean slightly forward stretching your arch and calf. Do not put weight on your heel. Do 10 hold for 30 second each
- Sit in a chair place feet flat on the floor lift toes towards you flexing up then lowing down slowly careful not to put stress on the heel hold 5 seconds 20 times
I actually felt more pain my my cyborg turtle left knee today than I did in my heel spur.
So that was it for today except scheduling 3 times per week physio until I leave. And with that I went home stiff but not in pain..it was a good day.
Dont forget to check out the new Hoka’s (w/orange superfeet insoles) its like walking on air ...