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    Re: One Step Forward and 2 back.....

    Mrs. Coon (or anybody else), is there a paraffin unit in particular that you recommend, or will anyone do. I'm looking at buying this unit this week: http://www.homedepot.com/p/t/2036645...a#.UbeuCedwrao

    Also, I'm getting better. My tendon is still swollen and stiff but it's getting better. I picked up some Jarrow Joint builder today. I should have been using this all along.

    http://www.jarrow.com/product/124/Joint_Builder

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    Re: One Step Forward and 2 back.....

    I find, both in Re-hab and training (and i guess life in general)

    Simple can be Hard
    Complex tends to be Easy

    People confuse complex with Hard
    And Simple with Easy

    Eg, Complex tends to cause Paralysis by analysis, they think too much, over-think and end up doing things too easy or not at all.

    Complex tends to be Expensive
    Simple tends to be cheap

    Complex could be seeing a surgeon (and costing 10grand or more)
    Simple could be massage, therapy, wax treatments etc and cost maybe $500 total?

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    Inflamation usually takes 10 days to settle down, which by my reckoning will be this Saturday. Find a good physio who is skilled at assessing injuries, so many athletes go down the wrong route of treatment because of incorrect diagnosis. I wish you all the best and hope its not as bad as you think it is.

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    Thanks for the reply Phil... and you're spot on.. My swelling is down considerately and I'm able to walk pretty good, though with a slight limp. I don't want to get to ahead of myself, but I don't think it's bad as I thought it was because each day I'm getting better and better.

  5. #15

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    Quote Originally Posted by T-Slow View Post
    Angela, could you expand on when paraffin wax treatments are considered useful and how often they should be used? Should they only be used during an injury? Can they be used along with massage, hot / cold showers for general maintenance, or not? This is something that a lot of us are probably not that clear on.
    This^^^

    I got my wax unit today(40 bucks).. So, how many times should I use the unit???

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    Good news, try getting some physio felt or thin foam for the heels of your shoes, make sure they are cut to the right shape. Try wearing them for a while to see if you feel a difference walking around, it should take the strain off your tendon and aid recovery. Once your shure the inflamation has gone get some massage on the calves to make sure they are not contributing to the problem. Keep us update will watch on with interest, good luck. A 15 year old girl I coach felt a slight pull on her achilles last night, she had the sense to tell me straight away, stopped the session and administered 20 minutes of ice. Fingers crossed for her as well, not an overtraining issue so right out of the blue.

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    Re: One Step Forward and 2 back.....

    Quote Originally Posted by PhilG View Post
    Good news, try getting some physio felt or thin foam for the heels of your shoes, make sure they are cut to the right shape. Try wearing them for a while to see if you feel a difference walking around, it should take the strain off your tendon and aid recovery. Once your shure the inflamation has gone get some massage on the calves to make sure they are not contributing to the problem. Keep us update will watch on with interest, good luck. A 15 year old girl I coach felt a slight pull on her achilles last night, she had the sense to tell me straight away, stopped the session and administered 20 minutes of ice. Fingers crossed for her as well, not an overtraining issue so right out of the blue.
    Thanks for the tip... Yesterday, I was finally able to (standing up) push off my toes and raise my own body weight. I can't do it yet with only the bad leg, but I can do it with both of my feet at the same time.

    I say at this point, the only thing that is driving me nuts is the inability to sprint!!!!!! God, what I would do just to be able to rip one 60m sprint!!!! The weight room is not enough anymore to get my fix.....

    Also, I started the wax treatment. Feels good when my foot is encased in the heated wax. It feels like you're wrapped in a super warm blanket in the middle of winter time. However, had I known beforehand, I would have just bought the wax by itself and a huge pan to put the wax in and just dunk my leg into it because the heating unit is just to small for a 230lbs grown man such as myself. Most of the heating units I seen on the market are made to fit female feet and hands and there is not enough height for the wax to go above you're ankle.

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    Wow, my leg is feeling much better! I'm able to walk now at 80% speed (with a SLIGHT limp). My tendon is still tight which is the only thing that is causing the slight limp. All swelling is down except for a small puffy area around the bottom of the ankle area....

    What I feel helped my leg the most (I feel) is hot and cold contrast therapy! I used a bucket of ice cold water and another bucket with hot tap water and went back and forth for 30 min. After that, I either did the paraffin wax, self message, or sometimes even both...... I'm not taking anything other then the MSM supplement that I posted above. and Gaspari nutrition multivitamin.

    At this rate, I think I might be able to start slow tempo on the grass in 2-3 weeks... Also, I think I'm going to change up all my training where all my runs are on grass. I'm out here in the suburbs and many of the tracks are closed off and sometimes I drive 20 minutes to a track only to be kicked off, or find out the track is closed. On the other hand, I'm surrounded by so much open grass fields it's crazy and I don't have to worry about anybody bothering me...

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    **Update**

    • I have no more tightest in my tendon, I can walk up and down stairs, or uneven grass, without any pain.
    • My foot is still slightly swollen around the ankle area.
    • I found out what caused the slight limp that I still have. I have little push off power from my injured leg when I'm walking. I found out by using the calf extension machine. In my last entry, I used the calf extension machine and I was not even able to do 10lbs, but yesterday, I was able to do 10lbs for 20 reps, so at this rate, my injured leg will be slowly regaining its power to push off properly little by little each day. I'm getting better, but at the rate I'm going I'm not going to be fully healed for about 3-6 months..

    On a positive note, my lifts are going up.... I rotate my main lifts (decline,incline flat) in the bench, and yesterday, I made a record 315 decline bench. I have never been so spent from doing an upperbody workout only.. I only did 1x315, and I had to sit down for 2-3 minutes because it was such a shock to my system.. Even last night I had a hard time sleeping because my CNS was so awake, and today I feel so tired and sore (inside of my arms).... Now that I'm in the 300's, it really puts 365,385 or even 450lbs in perspective....

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    Good news.... Yesterday I was finally able to start jogging again on the grass! I did 10 100m slow jog on grass. I thought I would be winded and out of shape but I felt fine and could have did 10 more if I really wanted to.

    My injured tendon compared to my good leg is still large though. Everything else about my injured leg is ok.. I walk about 95% normal but my jog gait still has a slight limp though... 2-3 more months and I should be able to start running again.

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