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Good Foot Update

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Doctor cleared me for 8-10 miles per week, which is half of what I used to run. Told me to limit hills and walk if it hurts. Speed work not recommended. Always wear orthotics. Showed me how to tie shoes to get more room in toe box. So guess I'll stick to 5ks and give up the half marathons. Okay. Compromise.

I thought about making following doctor's advise part of the HOWs, but maybe not. I don't always, but usually. Do you?

Edit: Yep, that's right. If you have bad bunions and need more room in the toe box, skip the first set of holes. I can tell a big difference already!!

This one's better. I got the tongue loop this time:

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  • GABY1948
    How did I get so far behind??? We have been really busy though....snow and shoveling and ice everywhere...
    SO glad you are able to walk/run again. Yes, I had bunions on both feet but had them fixed years ago and am so glad.

    SO glad you can do what you love most! It's so good for you! And can't thank you enough for all you have shown me in the past week! It ALL works so fine!!!!

    247 days ago
    Yay you can keep running, 5k runs will give you an excellent level of fitness. Although I mourn with you the loss of the longer runs.

    Thanks for the shoe lacing tip
    249 days ago
    I did NOT fol\low my doctor's advice about taking the bone density meds: but generally, I do!!

    Yay good foot news!!
    249 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Glad they are allowing you to run. A simple fix to help out with your bunions, who would have thought? I will have to pass that on to my Mom.
    So sorry you have to give up your longer runs :-(
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    250 days ago
    Interesting. Thanks for posting!
    250 days ago
    It's great you are allowed to run, Marsha,
    and thank you for the pics of the shoe tie trick!
    250 days ago
    Hooray for ANY miles! Happy trails, and be safe, even down in sunny Florida! emoticon
    250 days ago
  • NANCY-
    Shoe tying tips tare so helpful. So glad you can run again.
    250 days ago
    Great idea re easing the tightness on bunions! On my "to do" list from now on so thank you.
    250 days ago
    Better to be able to run than be told "No more running." Glad you've been cleared to run 8 - 10 miles a week. And, thanks for sharing the tip about the laces! No bunions on our feet; but, I have friends with bunions that might benefit from that tip.

    I find doctor's advice interesting sometimes. The health professionals guiding recovery from the non-traumatic pelvic fracture I experienced never mentioned the number of miles run/walked/hiked. It was how many days a week of weight bearing impact activity (which includes taking walks, hiking, running) that was their focus. So, I've been advised not to walk/hike/run more than 3 - 4 days a week. And, for the most part, I have followed that advice since June 2015. And, the pelvis is okay. It still grumps from time-to-time. But, nothing of concern.

    The importance of recovery and downtime was stressed. Another suggestion was ideally 2 days of recovery between each run. I did that when I first returned to running and over months worked up to 1 day of recovery between runs and occasionally ran two days in a row or twice in one day.

    Our bodies are all different and medical advice is different. It was also suggested that I consider swimming, stationary bike, elliptical and rowing for cardio activity that is not what they classified as weight bearing impact activity. I have yet to find an unchlorinated pool or place to swim regularly and the elliptical hurts my body, especially my hips. So, I stay off of it and have stuck to the stationary bikes and rowing machines. Gentle pedaling (10 mph - 12 mph) for an hour yesterday evening. It felt good.

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    250 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    I'm going to pass this tip along to a niece that has bunions. Great that you are going to partially resume your running activity.
    250 days ago
    Good news!
    250 days ago
    AWESOME advice!!!!! glad that the foot is coming along!
    250 days ago
    Thanks for the tip ... have bunions but don't bother me too much. Rarely wear lace up shoes (though I will start more as the walks increase into 'real walks'.)
    250 days ago
    Compromise is better than no running at all. Good luck.
    250 days ago
  • T37533
    Proceed carefully
    250 days ago

    Keep on Keeping on!

    Make today the greatest day of your life!
    Until tomorrow!

    You have a choice everyday... You can choose every morning whether you will be depressed and miserable, or whether you will be happy.
    Norman Vincent Peale

    250 days ago
  • GEORGE815
    Great to get a clearance to work out again.
    250 days ago
    So, is the secret that you're skipping the first set of holes?
    250 days ago
    So glad your Dr cleared you to goo back to walking.
    250 days ago
    They taught me how to tie my shoes at fitNiche, so my heels won't rub. Right now, all my sneakers are tied that way. I had to buy a wider shoe.
    250 days ago
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