I have discovered that when I’m on an elliptical machine, I don’t limp. I also don’t have to use my hands to steady myself so I don’t lose my balance. I cannot do that on a treadmill. I went to my PT today and worked on some stuff–my normal routine. I stretch my hamstrings and my uninjured leg is tighter than my recovering leg. I lie on my side and do leg lifts with a weight, then on my back. I did grand battements en croix with both legs. (Not at the same time…) Then, I had to do the 10 second sit down exercise 5 times. I tend to lean to the right to stand and sit so less of my weight is over the recovering leg. I have to concentrate really hard to do this.
I added another exercise today. I stand on a 4″ box with my weak leg suspending my strong leg over the floor. I then slowly bend my supporting leg until I can touch the ground with my foot, then stand again. This is very hard for me. The therapist was surprised that my injury was incurred in August. Just ducky. You should be much further along than this if your injury was last year! Well, I’m not. So fix me. Ok, last exercise…walk on the treadmill for 5 min and don’t limp. Only hold the support with your left hand, adjust your hips and don’t swing your leg. OK, Walk NORMALLY.