Wow – it has been barren around here! The last time I wrote (which was the end of January) I still had the boot on. The reason for the boot? Stress reaction of the left calcaneus. Well, about a week after that posting I got the OK to take it off. That was the beginning of a new round of Physical Therapy.
What has been focused on this time are the calves. They’re really tight. REALLY tight. For the first time I had Gua Sha done. Gua Sha is an ancient “scraping” technique – similar to ASTYM and Graston Technique. I had Gua Sha done 1x/wk for about 8 wks. Today apparently (hopefully) was my last session. In addition to the Gua Sha I have been doing a ton of foam rolling. As the calves have loosened up the heel has continued to feel better. The belief is that a not-functioning-well calf means the suspension isn’t working well – which means the heel is getting slammed harder on the ground than it should. I did 30 minutes on the elliptical today and the heel feels really good. If the heel continues to feel good the PT has given me the all-clear to try some running.
On a nutrition note: If you’re familiar with The Sock Doc you know he is an advocate of a low carbohydrate diet. I’ve been sort of putting off doing any sort of assessment of my diet – until about a week ago. Holy cow was I eating a lot of carbs. So I’ve made some changes and cut them back drastically. It has been much easier than I anticipated. Salad, almonds and water for lunch instead of sandwich, baked chips, yogurt and Gatorade. A little peanut butter on a low carb tortilla for breakfast instead of a bowl of cereal. The nuts fill me up longer – and while it’s hard to describe – I feel a lot better.