By MIKE BRADSHAWAssociated PressIt’s been more than two years since I lost my leg to a torn Achilles tendon.
In the meantime, I’ve been struggling to keep my leg healthy.
It’s a huge issue for me and the way I move.
I’ve lost too much muscle mass and muscle tone in my upper thigh, so I’m getting the feeling of “the muscles in my calf are getting tired.”
I’ve had to relearn how to walk, talk, eat, and even talk to my kids.
So, when I’m feeling a bit low-energy, it’s often because I’ve over-extended my leg muscles, especially in my quads and calves.
After some time, it gets to a point where I’m not even able to do any activities I enjoy and my leg feels like it’s going to snap.
I have the muscles in the leg that are supposed to move and it’s really affecting my quality of life.
You can’t get enough of my calves, but they can’t keep up.
I just think, ‘Why am I doing this?
Why can’t I just get on with it and let it heal?’
The first thing I do is take a deep breath and do a simple stretch.
I’ll take my calf and push it to the side with my fingers.
The stretch should feel like a stretch in my leg.
Then I’ll put one hand on my ankle and my other hand on a leg support.
This gives me a lot of strength and allows me to push the leg further.
Then I’ll do a knee extension.
If I have a lot to do, I’ll have my hands on the ground and my arms around my knees.
I can feel the muscle in my knee, so it’s a great place to put my feet and knees together and pull the leg out.
Then I push the foot away from me so it sits in a neutral position.
That’s a good way to relax the muscle.
Then, I will put my foot on a wall.
When I have time, I can do a few push-ups.
I usually do 15 to 20 repetitions with 10 seconds of rest between.
Next, I do a dumbbell push-up.
Most of my time is spent lying on my back on a chair or bench with my legs bent and arms behind my back.
My muscles are very tight and I’m just doing these simple exercises to get them loosened up.
One day, I’m standing in the kitchen, and my knees are hurting.
But I just need to focus on my toes and then I’ll be good.