I think I'm gonna feel the workout in the next day or 2 but thats ok. I think its more than I've done since my foot has been hurting. Hurts so good. I'll get my chops back and strengthen/re-align my foot.
When I got home I decided to take the beautiful Delilah on a good walk. Cray-ray apparently decided not to come today. A pretty heavy duty day for the walking wounded ole gal (me, not Delilah). But the foot/ankle did survive along with the rest of me. After her walk I took a bath and went and got a mani-pedi. Aahhhhhhh, treat for me and my foot. I love getting my nails done. More for the massage than the polish. After the polish is on, while its drying I turn on the massaging chair. Yum. Not as good as an actual massage, true. But still, its something.
When I woke up the next morning, my foot/ankle felt ok (a little usage discomfort) but I noticed my popliteal cyst had returned. I could see the swelling behind my knee and the light pain on the lateral side of it. I was working so hard to maintain the alignment of my foot during class that it forced adjustments to my knee.
"A kinetic chain is the notion that these joints and segments have an effect on one another during movement. When one is in motion, it creates a chain of events that affects the movement of neighboring joints and segments."
All I can do is keep working to get my whole self as healthy and efficient as my body will allow.
Now, as for the rehab exercises I've been doing for my Posterior Tibial Tendon dysfunction. I'm using a fairly light band around the ball of my foot. I'm doing 2 exercises, 1) sliding the ball of my foot across the floor medially to externally (turnout from ankle) without knee movement.
2) hold foot in neutral, with foot off of the floor, press the ball of the foot forward and then reach the toes forward and then pull the toes back to the ball of the foot and press the heel forward (point to flex).
I also stand by the belief that what you do on 1 side of your body or part, you repeat on the other side. So both feet were done.
I took the barre class again this week and still have modifications to do but it does feel great to take a class and work. Do you notice that when you take a class you push yourself even just a tad bit harder than when you're on your own? I know I do. It feels good to be around different peeps too. I'm also aware that, left to our own devices, we tend to only do what we know we're good at. Taking the class makes me work on things that I'm not necessarily good at. All things are good for the body, in time. I followed that class by taking the Ballet Basics class the next day. Yikes!
I'm also feeling like a bit of a mummy, with not only my foot taped but also the back of my knee. The plies were tough and I certainly didn't sink down as low as the others due to the subsequent pain involved in the knee but I did do them. I'm also rather miffed at myself for the loss of strength I allowed to happen in my body. BUT...I'll gain it back.
I really don't care how taped up I need to be. As long as I am able to move, bend, lift, and eventually dance, I'm gonna tape up. I look forward to the day that I don't have to take a break to release my knee or my foot, that I can hold myself up and not be outa breath, not need to make modifications and I can do the entire class without stopping. Look out people, that day is-a-comin'. (Might be awhile, but its-a-comin".)
As for my clients, I'm hoping that my convictions give them the motivation to do their best for themselves. They all have issues and can work to overcome some and do the best job possible for others, but improve their health, they can; physically, emotionally and mentally.
I think that my being able to take some classes has enabled me to sleep better these last few weeks. Its been wonderful. I also think finding out about my foot helped relax me, my nerves. Knowing is so much better than not knowing. Even if I don't like the diagnosis, it gave me something to fight and work on. The more I accomplish the more I want to do but I'm making myself hold back so as to NOT make things worse.
I worried about taking 2 classes, 1 each of 2 days back to back. But it was fine. One week, I felt the quads and the next I felt the hamstrings. By the way, my classes got a kick outa my being sore. They laughed and laughed. Oh well, I'll get 'em. Ha-ha-ha. Just kidding, I get it.
Well, I just got home from a 90 minute massage. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! I'm done for the day.
Happy Valentines Day people. Be kind, stay healthy and keep dancing.