I am really pleased with my first visit to a Physical Therapist at OA. I have to say that there is a huge difference when you get a PT that actually really wants to get you running instead of just collecting a bunch of appointments. I guess that sounds harsh but that is how I see my last PT.
After I told him the issues I have with my calf and how long I have been dealing with it. He was shocked when he heard about my 3 doctor’s reactions and how things went with my first PT. He looked at a few things as far as flexibility and strength and then asked me to get on the treadmill – first barefoot, then with my sneakers.
From that point I was pretty sure I had a winner. One of my followers, Ron (check him out guys!) is a PT and mentioned in a comment that it was really important that the PT watch me run and give me a biomechanics evaluation. Thanks Ron for the info.
So I felt like we were on the right track – and this guy is a runner. I liked this guy, he told me he wanted to get me running again. I am even pretty sure he meant it. He videoed my running for a bit, then we sat down together and took a look.
My PT (see how he is all mine now?) pointed to a few things and then explained it to me – when running with shoes, I was heel striking on my right foot and fore-foot/mid-foot striking on my left (that is the bad one). Barefoot, my gait was fore/mid-foot on both feet. Weird, right? And I
am was whipping my heel on the left foot.
I could get into the nitty gritty, but really, all of this stuff is putting extra stress on my calf, which caused a strain that keeps re-occurring. So besides working on my gait, concentrating on heel strike*, and not heel whipping, I have a bit of strengthening to work on. Before I left, he said it was 100% fixable. That was really good to hear.
SO that is good news!
This weekend: Pirate Triathlon!! I can’t wait!
*Yes, I understand that this is against the latest rage of fore/mid-foot running, but right now I have other fish to fry. Like making my calf happy again. He said if I really want to switch to fore-foot running I should wait until my calf is fully healed and ease into it.