PT twice a week. Tightrope walking, grapevines, standing on one foot on the floor and on a piece of foam. Heel lifts, and stretching. LOTS of stretching. When you stretch your calf I learned you need to hold it for at least 2 full minutes. I find setting the stopwatch on my iPhone helps because it gives me something to focus on instead of the pain of stretching. At around 90 seconds sometimes you can feel the muscle give as it stretches, it feels like Ö. if you press your palms together very tight then slide them against each other. Thatís the closest I can describe it. Feeling the muscle stretch isnít painful, but itís weird. A good weird.
Stretching is painful, however, but I must do it. I MUST stretch for if I donít stretch I wonít get my range of motion back. This week I decided to try a whole day without my ankle brace. It was mid-week, but I did it. Then I thought I would just go for it, and not wear the brace at all anymore. It started to feel like it was getting in the way of my movement anyways. So I put on my new Sanita clogs and good compression socks (Futuro makes a good ďdressĒ style sockĒ and you can buy them at Walgreens) and stuck it out. The last few days of the week my feet and ankle hurt like hell for hormonal as well as healing reasons, but I decided to just push through it. Iím glad I did!