Friday, June 11, 2010

I Found A Winner!

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.


KC (my 140 point 6 mile journey) said...

I'm so happy you found a great PT and he's all yours!! Ok, now time to kick did i not remember you were doing the pirate tri? I just read your blog recently and said to myself, "self, don't forget to put that in the shout out friday post." Blog title tomorrow...addendum to friday's shout out. Maybe a calendar is a good idea like you noted. Have an awesome race my friend!

Unknown said...

Sooooo .... do you think it is tendonitis? haha just kidding!

That is so great that you found someone who is competent and wants to help you - you should be back to running in no time!

I hope you have a wonderful time at your Tri this weekend!

Jon said...

Who gives a crap where your feet strike, as long it is pain free! From reading this, I feel relieved for you! You are going to start having the BEST sleep of your life now! Yay running PT guy!

DRog said...

Love "your PT" guys attitide regarding 100% and that he WANTS to get you running again. good signs for sure. I suddenly feel the need to assess my foot strike! haha
Good luckk at the Pirate Tri!!

RockStarTri said...

Good stuff here. Congrats on having a plan and it sounds like he will help you get injury free quickly.

Patrick Mahoney said...

A PT that runs is a winning combination. Cool you found him. Awesome.

Matty O said...

Winner winner chicken dinner! Haha!

You will be back in no time! Good luck this weekend!!!

Caratunk Girl said...

First, blogger decided I should publish that post before I was ready, I was going to cut a bit out but, well, there she be!

KC - No worries!!!! I forget to mention folks I thought about mentioning all the time! I know you are cheering for me! :)

Jeff - HA! PT said it WASN'T tendinitis! I feel good about this weekend and running consistently soon.

Jon - Ha, that is right, feet, land anywhere, just stop pissing my calf off please. I heart my new PT guy. I am relieved.

Drog - Yeah I guess after lots of miles it kind of makes a difference how you land! You recover quickly, OK?

RockStar/Patrick - Thanks! I am happy I found him too. Wish he wasn't 3hrs away, but I will take what I can get!

Matty 0 - YEAH I think so, I feel good about it - in Maine we say Winna winna chicken dinna - ha!!

Maria said...

Congrats on finding a good one, I know how difficult that is but how awesome it is once you find it! May he be your calf's soulmate.
Good luck this weekend, can't wait to hear how your team dominates!

Mark said...

First, good luck at your triathlon.

Second: It is very important to find a PT who knows, AND understands what it means to be an athlete. My PT is not a runner, but she is an athlete who understands what it feels like to not be able to compete because of an injury.

Look forward to the race report!

Regina said...

I'm glad you found the help you need. That must be a huge weight off your shoulders. Here's to recovery!!

Oh! and good luck on the race!

misszippy said...

That's awesome! It does make all the difference when you find the right person. Good luck this weekend!!

Ron said...

whew...Im happy you found the right guy. Thanks for the shout out too. He should get back out there on the road and give you things you can continue to do on your own. He may be a great source of information for you. looking forward to your post about pain-free running!

Whitarican (White-A-Rican) said...

great news and good luck with the triathlon

The Green Girl said...

That's really good news, girl. Whew.

And good luck tomorrow!

Unknown said...

Glad the PT is a good one focused on your health and running again :)

The most important thing is to heal that calve, do whatever type of running is necessary for that. You can always change over to forefoot strike later...or not.

Sorry I didn't get back to you earlier, my router was taken out by a storm, just installed the new one.

I hope the Tri goes well!

Julie said...

Well it looks like you are going to be back on track soon. This PT guy sounds like he knows what he is talking about:) I would love to have someone watch me run and tell me what they think. I know that my form needs a little improvement. I just saw a few of my race pics from last weekend....looking a little off:) Good luck with the TRI! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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Aimee said...

Yay! I am so happy that your PT visit went well and you were finally able to get some answers! Hopefully he'll have you back to running in no time! :)

I hope your tri went well this weekend! I can't wait to hear all about it!

Big Daddy Diesel said...

Ya, I am with Jeff, it must just be tendonitis ;-p

Seriously congrats that finally someone knows what they are talking about and you can get healed properly now

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