About a week ago I was told to try walking with shoes on. Naturally, I was fearful. I don’t want to hurt myself again and I don’t want to prolong my road to running. Over the past week, I’ve been working up to being able to walk in shoes. After so long in the boot and not bearing any weight, I have found that my foot is extremely tight.
This really isn’t something I anticipated. Naively, I assumed that the boot would come off and I would hop into some running shoes, maybe a few days of walking and then poof, I’d be back to running. I think that I did not give credit to the massive amount of muscle tone I lost in my right leg and the amount of work that would be required just to walk normally, never mind running. No matter how urgently I wish to get back to running, I know that it’s best to listen to my body and to the docs. That’s not to say that challenge is out the door. It’s just a different kind of challenge. Instead of waking up in the morning thinking ‘today, I think I’ll aim to drop my mile time by 30 seconds’, I think ‘today, I will aim to walk in a shoe for 4 hours’. I’m progressing very quickly, gaining muscle and control back.
I feel like it took weeks just to turn all the lights back on, so to speak. My foot wouldn’t respond to my thought to move it. Being such an active person, I’ve identified myself as a runner. When I first injured myself, I was devastated. Over time, I’ve learned that this injury won’t go on forever and one day, walking in two running shoes won’t be so monumental anymore. But for right now, I’ll continue to celebrate every milestone. I know that I’ll never take my ability to walk, run and be a healthy person for granted. In the New Year, I hope to see you all out there! Live to run, run to LIVE.
Dr. Runco is a U.S. Navy and Gulf War Veteran. Graduating as a Doctor of Chiropractic he began private practice in San Diego in 2000. He has been a professor of Anatomy, Physiology, and Biomechanics at various colleges and continues to teach continuing education in the fields of rehabilitation, custom orthotics and athletic taping. He is also a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, National Strength and Conditioning Association and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He is also an orthopedic doctor that specializes in treating foot injuries and problems.
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