This whole walking "thing" is very tiring!
Twice this week I have walked 5 blocks. On Tuesday it was the first time that I had walked this far in a very, very long time. Yesterday was a "rest" day and today the 5 block walk was repeated. This is the return trip distance between my office and the Physical Therapy torture cave.
When I went to my first physio, about 4 weeks ago, they took a series of measurements to assess my range of motion. It was zilch, nada, zero. The block of wood at the end of my stick leg was pretty much immovable.
They measure the range of motion of the forwards flexing of the foot (towards the shin) beyond the 90 degree point. My measurement really was zero – my foot was "set" at 90 degrees.
Normal range of motion of the ankle is 15 degrees beyond 90 degrees; 12 degrees is the point at which there is no limp and steps can be climbed in a normal fashion.
Today Katie got out her little measuring tool (which looks suspiciously like something out of my school protractor set) and I managed to achieve a 6 degree movement!! How exciting – I am half way to not limping!!